Terps add European PF Ivan Bender

Maryland has added forward Ivan Bender, a Bosnia and Herzegovina native who will be eligible immediately for the Terrapins.

"We are excited to have Ivan join our program," coach Mark Turgeon said in a release. "He is a terrific young man who will be a great addition to our team."

The 6-foot-9 Bender played with KK Split in the Junior Euroleague, averaging 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also was a member of the U-18 Croatian National Team, putting up 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds at the 2013 FIBA U-19 World Championships.

An NBA scout told ESPN.com that Bender has been hurt for the last year or so, but will be a solid player for the Terrapins assuming he's healthy. He described Bender as a face-up power forward.

Bender is the older brother of Dragan Bender, who some regard as the best young European prospect. The younger Bender is signed long term with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and is expected to be an NBA lottery pick in 2016.