Ryan Odom, UMBC's head men's basketball coach, announced today that four new players have joined the Retrievers' men's basketball program. Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H./Notre Dame Academy), Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn/St. Thomas More), K.J. Maura (San Juan, Puerto Rico/College of Central Florida), and David Park (Wheeling, W.Va./Air Force Prep) have enrolled at UMBC and began classes with the remainder of the student body.
"We are very excited about our first incoming class at UMBC," Odom said. "Each of these four young men is a tremendous basketball player and an even better young man. I am confident that we have taken a positive step forward with this new class and the staff is eager to have this group of quality student-athletes join our basketball family."
Curran, the tallest member of the class at 6'9", averaged 19.2 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game during his senior campaign at Pembroke Academy. Curran led his team to the state championship during his junior year and earned First Team All-State honors as a senior. Following his high school career, Curran completed a post-graduate year at Notre Dame Prep, one of the leading prep school programs in the country.
Lamar competed for and graduated from, St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, a nationally- recognized power. The 6'5", 210-lb. versatile wing played multiple positions at St. Thomas More alongside other high level players and is expected to contribute in a similar fashion for the Retrievers.
Maura is a dynamic point guard that enjoyed an outstanding year at the College of Central Florida in 2015-16. The 5'8" dynamo earned Junior College All-America honors, leading the country with 9.6 assists per game. The native of Puerto Rico was also named the Florida College System Athletic Association State Player of the Year and Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year. Maura set the state and national record for most assists in a single game, dishing out 20 against conference rival Florida State College. He also averaged 10.5 points per game and shot 47.5 percent from the floor, 44.6 percent from behind the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line.
Park, who attended Air Force Academy Prep School in 2015-16, competed at tradition-rich Wheeling Central Catholic in West Virginia. During his time at Wheeling Central, Park led his team to the 2014 West Virginia Class A Championship and a pair of OVAC Class 2-A titles (Ohio/West Va.). A two-time team captain and three- year starter, the 6'5", 215-lb. Park was a 2014 McDonalds All-America candidate, a three-time All-Valley and All-OVAC honoree and a two-time All-State and State All-Tournament team selection. He also completed a post-graduate year at IMG Academy in 2014-15 where he helped lead his team to the National Prep School national championship game.
"I am confident that Max, K.J., Arkel and David share our vision and passion for building UMBC into a championship program," said Odom. "But, even more importantly, they are committed to growing as young men and understand the tremendous education that they will receive at UMBC."