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But with their physicality, the freshmen also provide another bonus: the ability to wear out opposing forwards who dare tread into the paint.

“Going against them in the post is like going against a bulldozer,” reserve forward Spencer Barks said.

Cleare and Mitchell will get help, of course. Len remains an intriguing breakout possibility after averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds last year. Padgett is the only four-year scholarship player in the program and demonstrated an impressive penchant for offensive rebounds last year.

Toss in the freshmen, though, and there’s no doubt Maryland underwent a frontcourt transformation during the offseason.

“Us four, we can do anything in the post together,” Mitchell said.

Notes: It remains uncertain when Maryland will hear about swingman Dez Wells’ waiver for immediate eligibility. Wells arrived at Maryland last month after his August expulsion at Xavier, where he averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.

“Nothing’s changed,” Turgeon said. “We’re just in the process. It’s a process and we’re going through it. My administration’s been great, the NCAA’s been great, but we have some more time to go on that. I wouldn’t say it’s in the early stages, because it’s not, but there’s still some work to be done on that.”