COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon has announced the addition of sophomore transfer Pavlo Dziuba to the program’s roster.
“We are excited to welcome Pavlo to our program from Arizona State, where he was one of the youngest players in Division I men’s basketball last season,” Turgeon said. “Pavlo has tremendous upside and possesses the size and skill to significantly bolster our frontcourt. We look forward to him joining us in College Park.”
A 6-8, 225-pound forward from Kirichkova, Ukraine, Dziuba is the first Ukrainian to join Maryland’s roster since Alex Len. The Terps’ current roster features four international players: Dziuba (Ukraine), Qudus Wahab (Nigeria), Ian Martinez (Costa Rica) and Arnaud Revaz (Switzerland).
“This is a great pickup for Maryland,” said ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla. “Pavlo was one of the best 16-year-olds in Europe as evidenced by being part of Barcelona’s famous club program. He will join the Terps as an 18-year-old with size, skill, strength and athleticism. He has a very bright college basketball future.”
Dziuba, who turns 18 in early July, was believed to be the youngest player in Division I college basketball last season. He appeared in eight games as a reserve, including a career-high 10 minutes against UCLA on Jan. 7.
A four-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, the Ukrainian impressed at the FIBA U16 Division B European Championships in 2019, averaging 13.8 points (.545 FG), 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Dziuba also spent time with FC Barcelona’s U18 team during the 2019-20 season.
Dziuba is the fourth scholarship transfer to be added to the program this offseason, joining Qudus Wahab (Georgetown), Fatts Russell (Rhode Island) and Ian Martinez (Utah).
— Maryland Athletics press release