COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men's head basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced today that forward Ivan Bender (pronounced EVEN) will join the Maryland basketball program and will be eligible to play immediately.
Bender (6-9, 230) played with KK Split in the Junior Euroleague. He averaged 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He was also a member of the U-18 Croatian National Team and is slated to participate in the U-20 Croatian National Team next summer.
"We are excited to have Ivan join our program," said Turgeon. "He is terrific young man who will be a great addition to our team."
Bender,19, hails from Caplijina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and attended Elektrotehnicka Skola in Split, Croatia. He will wear jersey number 13.
Bender, a face-up power forward, has been out with an injury for the last year, but he should be ready to contribute when healthy. His younger brother, Dragan Bender, is considered a potential NBA lottery pick.
Bender Joins Terps
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