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Mississippi State's Schnider Herard to transfer to Maryland

Mississippi State's Schnider Herard (34) rebounds the ball against Cincinnati's Kyle Washington (24) and Gary Clark (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Highland Heights, Ohio.
Mississippi State's Schnider Herard (34) rebounds the ball against Cincinnati's Kyle Washington (24) and Gary Clark (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Highland Heights, Ohio. (John Minchillo / AP)

Schnider Herard, a sophomore center for Mississippi State, will transfer to Maryland, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Saturday. A former four-star prospect, Herard will enroll in College Park for the spring semester and should be eligible to play after the fall semester next season.

Herard tweeted a picture of himself in a Maryland uniform Saturday, with the text, “NEW CHAPTER!!!!!”

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The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Herard, who was also offered by Kansas and Purdue coming out of high school in Texas, never developed with the Bulldogs after being ranked the No. 47 prospect in the country and the seventh-best center prospect by 247sports.com.

After averaging 5.1 points and 5.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game as a freshman last season, Herard was averaging just one point and 2.1 rebounds in eight minutes a game this season. He will have 2½ seasons of eligibility remaining.

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Herard, who was born in Haiti, told 247sports.com that he thought Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and his staff have helped developed several big men. He was also considering Baylor and Illinois.

“The reason why is because they’ve been doing a really good job with big guys the last few years,” Herard told 247sports.com, which broke the news of his transfer. “I’ve been watching them this year and some clips from last year and they’ve been really successful with big guys.”

The Terps lose senior center Michal Cekovsky and graduate transfer center Sean Obi after this season. Freshman center Bruno Fernando had been mentioned in some mock 2018 NBA drafts earlier in the season, but his progress has been slowed by ankle problems and a recent bout with the flu.

Maryland is also thought to be one of the favorites to sign 7-0 center Moses Brown of New York, a five-star prospect who was named along with Terps signee Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph) as one of the 24 players going to this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game.

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While he told 247sports.com that he done his “research,” it’s not clear whether Herard has watched the Terps play much based on what Fernando has done this season when healthy, or what Cekovsky has done recently, including his 17-point performance in Thursday’s 77-66 win over Minnesota.

“Basically they don’t have a big guy that can turn his back to the basket; they mostly have shooting,” said Herard, who after shooting 54.9 percent (56 of 102) as a freshman was shooting just 26.7 percent (4-for-15) this season. “I think I can help them by rebounding and doing the dirty job.”

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