Maryland men’s basketball announced July 27 that the Terps have added Swiss big man Arnaud Revaz to their roster.
Revaz is a 6-foot-10 forward who most recently competed with JL Bourg basketball club in the Pro A U21 French league, where he averaged 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 19.9 minutes of action per game through 25 games played before the COVID-19 pandemic shortened the 2019-2020 season.
Revaz was also a member of the Swiss National Team in 2018, having played on the U18 Swiss team in the FIBA U18 European Championship Division B, where he averaged 9.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was also invited to attend a one-week U23 Swiss National Team camp beginning July 27th.
Revaz joins the Maryland program with all four years of eligibility.
“I’m super excited to get to America and join Maryland as I start a new chapter of my life,” Revaz said in a statement released by Maryland’s basketball communications. “It’s a great opportunity for me to play basketball and get my education at a great university. I have a similar story to Alex Len in that we both started playing basketball late and I’m aware of the success he had at Maryland. After four years with JL Bourg, a wonderful club to whom I owe a lot, I feel ready to take on new challenges with my teammates at Maryland.”
As the Terps continue to bolster their frontcourt to try to replace the departures of Jalen “Stix” Smith, Ricky Lindo Jr., and Joshua Tomaic, head coach Mark Turgeon used a late recruiting addition to help fill the void.
“We are really excited to welcome Arnaud to our program,” Turgeon said in a statement released by the school. “He will bring a great skillset and versatility to our team, having the ability to shoot 3’s, dribble, pass and score with both hands around the basket. His natural ability and feel for the game are impressive qualities for somebody who picked up the game at such a late age. He has improved immensely over the last few years and will be a great fit in our system as he joins our program in College Park.”
Revaz is an incredible athlete for someone his size. He competed in the heptathlon as a track & field athlete (specializing in high jump) for eight years before being discovered at the age of 15 by a retired professional basketball player in 2015. He stood at an incredible 6-foot-7 at 15 and transitioned into basketball with ease.
In Revaz, the Terps are also adding an intelligent player. Hailing from Sion, Switzerland, Revaz is fluent in French, German and English, with an understanding of Italian.
Revaz joins fellow newcomers Jarius Hamilton (Boston College transfer) and Galin Smith (graduate transfer from Alabama) in Maryland’s frontcourt of the future. While it is still unclear if Hamilton will be granted a waiver for eligibility next season, Revaz will be eligible to play immediately with Smith and incumbents Chol Marial and Donta Scott. Although Hamilton is still waiting on his waiver, those close to the program are still optimistic that he will get approved to play when college basketball resumes.
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Other Maryland Basketball Announcements
On July 17th, Maryland men’s basketball announced the addition of preferred walk-ons Jade Brahmbhatt, Aidan McCool and Connor Odom to the program.
Transferring from Pacific University, Brahmbhatt is a rising junior who spent the last two originally from Olney, Md., He attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he helped lead the Barons to a 23-6 record as a senior.
McCool is an incoming freshman from Charleston, S.C. He attended Bishop England High School, where as a senior, McCool helped lead the Bishops to the regional championship and a 26-3 overall record while also becoming a member of the school’s 1000-point club.
Odom is an incoming freshman from Annapolis, Md., who most recently spent his senior season at Archbishop Spalding. Odom attended the heralded Oak Hill Academy before Spalding. He is the son of UMBC men’s basketball head coach Ryan Odom, who memorably led the first-ever 16 vs. 1 upset when the Retrievers knocked off Virginia in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Along with the additions of the three walk-ons, the Maryland men’s basketball program also announced on July 17 the jersey numbers of each of its incoming players: Marcus Dockery (0), Aquan Smart (23), Jairus Hamilton (25), Galin Smith (30), Connor Odom (14), Aidan McCool (20) and Jade Brahmbhatt (22).
Pat has been covering sports in the DMV area since 2012. He is a former Washington Redskins beat reporter for PressBoxDC.com and has been covering University of Maryland football and basketball recruiting and daily beats for Rivals.com's Terrapin Sports Report since 2013. Pat graduated from College Park with his master's degree in journalism and has received bylines in publications such as USA TODAY Sports, The Philadelphia Inquirer, SB Nation, and Yahoo! Sports. A Philadelphia native, Pat enjoys fishing, golfing, and playing fantasy sports when he's not covering or watching a game.