The Maryland women's basketball team is without a commitment in the Class of 2017, but the Terps are set to add an established star for next season in Florida transfer Eleanna Christinaki, the team announced Thursday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Eleanna to our Maryland family,” coach Brenda Frese said in a release. “Our fans are going to love her energy. She is a dynamic, competitive, scoring guard who is going to bring a vast amount of experience to our team. She has played at the highest level from a very young age. Her impact will be felt immediately.”
The sophomore wing left the Gators last month after refusing to accept a suspension. Coach Amanda Butler called the initial first-half ban against North Carolina A&T "a little discipline from some behavior that is not becoming of a Gator and not part of our culture."
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Christinaki, who averaged a team-high 17.6 points and started the first nine games of the season for Florida, visited College Park for the Terps' game last Thursday against No. 1 Connecticut. A native of Greece, she is the second-youngest member ever on the Greece national team.
"I am very happy to be joining the Maryland women's basketball team,” Christinaki said in the release. “Coach Frese inspired me from the first time that we met and I cannot wait to play for her. I love the team and how talented the players are. I am excited to be joining such a special group and university."
Christinaki will enroll at Maryland for the spring semester, which starts Jan. 25. Because of NCAA rules, she will have to sit out a year before she becomes eligible to play.
Maryland loses All-Big Ten Conference guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough to graduation but returns a number of wings next season.