"We did our due diligence and also had a number of great discussions with Melo and his mom regarding what would be best regarding his future," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "He is excited about playing with a great team and is looking forward to his sophomore year at Maryland."
"He put Maryland back on the map," said Mark Turgeon, in his fourth year as Maryland's coach. "We'd been off the map for five years. Dez put us back on the map with his leadership, his competitive spirit."