Herard, who left Mississippi State in late December, will be eligible for the second semester next year, per 24/7 Sports. Herard, listed by the Bulldogs at 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, will fill a need in the Terps’ frontcourt once he’s eligible.
Maryland senior centers Michal Cekovsky and Sean Obi will move on after this year, while sophomore Justin Jackson and freshman Bruno Fernando could choose to go pro after this season. With junior Ivan Bender and redshirt freshman Joshua Tomaic the only big men sure to return next year – and Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joseph) the only big man in the Terps’ incoming recruiting class – that left Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon looking for potential solutions for next year’s frontcourt.
Herard visited Maryland during its win over Minnesota Jan. 18. He visited Illinois and Baylor prior to that.
Herard, a native of Haiti, played his high school ball in Texas and was the 49th-ranked prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, per 24/7 Sports. Regarded as a big-bodied rebounder and back to the basket post player, Herard played in 32 games for the Bulldogs as a freshman last year and started 18. He averaged 18.6 minutes per contest, scored 5.1 points on 54.9 percent shooting and pulled down five rebounds.
Herard’s production dwindled this year as a sophomore, playing in only 11 games and starting none before leaving the program. He averaged one point and 2.1 rebounds in limited minutes this year. Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland doled out most of the Bulldogs’ frontcourt minutes to Aric Holman and Abdul Ado.