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Penn State transfer Jonathan Graham has been granted an eligibility waiver by the NCAA and will be able to suit up for game action immediately as the Terrapins prepare for their season opener against Connecticut on Friday evening, the school announced in a release.
The NCAA ruling means Graham will not be required to sit out the mandatory year typically required of transfers. The process took longer than most, partly because news of his transfer broke on the final day of August, which in turn made the process for Maryland to file a waiver request begin later.
“We’re excited for Jonathan that he is immediately eligible for the upcoming season,” head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Our administration did an outstanding job working diligently on Jonathan’s behalf.”
He has been practicing legally with the team throughout the preseason and took part in the school's "Midnight Madness" festivities last month.
Graham, a native of the Baltimore area, is the son of Maryland great Ernie Graham, who still holds the school's single-game scoring record, a 44-point outing against NC State in 1978. The No. 25 jersey that the elder Graham wore while at Maryland has been honored by the school.
The younger Graham will wear his father's number this season.
During his three seasons at Penn State, one of which was a red-shirt year, Graham averaged 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game.
As far as his possible impact, Graham likely brings length, energy, and physicality to practice and extra depth to Maryland's frontcourt.
Turgeon has raised concerns about the new officiating styles being implemented this season, which could lead to more fouls and cause coaches to dig deeper into their benches.
Maryland opens its season on Friday against Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.