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Cekovsky serving as mentor, providing support for fellow European Terps Bender, Tomaic

Cekovsky serving as mentor, providing support for fellow European Terps Bender, Tomaic

Michal Cekovsky cringes now at the memory of what it was like for him when he first showed up at Maryland as a scared 20-year-old in the summer of 2014.

Cekovsky weighed 219 pounds, skinny for a 7-footer. He was also painfully shy, not speaking more than a few words of English. Though skilled for a big man, Cekovsky had rarely played with his back to the basket.

"I knew I didn't understand the language and I knew I didn't understand what was going on in practice. It didn't feel good," said Cekovsky, who grew up in Slovakia and finished his high school career at the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands. "I just wanted to play. I just wanted to...

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