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March 10, 2009

Vinson focused on four schools

Terrell Vinson's return to Baltimore couldn't have gone much better.

The small forward, who transferred to St. Frances from Montrose Christian before his senior year, led the Panthers to the Baltimore Catholic League title and the MIAA A conference crown. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder averaged about 23 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game, according to his father, James Gilyard.

Next up for Vinson is the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cumberland, which kicks off March 19. But the four-star player and No. 81 player in the country, according to, has also turned his attention to recruiting.


According to Gilyard, Vinson is focused on four schools: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Maryland and Massachusetts.

The Terps recruited Vinson before he signed with Loyola Marymount in November, and became involved with him once again after he was released from his letter of intent in February.

“Maryland is the home school. Terrell always wanted to play for Maryland as a kid,” Gilyard said. “Right now, Maryland doesn’t have [an open] scholarship. That’s what the big thing is with Maryland -- they don’t have any scholarships to give in ’09. So pretty much we’ll see what’s going on. Greivis [Vasquez], we don’t know if he’s going to stay or go pro. So we’ve got to play it by ear. But we’re not in a hurry to sign so we can wait it out.”

Gilyard said UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has a relationship with Vinson’s AAU coach on WPC Elite that goes back “15 or 20 years.” Vinson and Gilyard “definitely have plans to visit UMass” in the coming months.

Cincinnati started pursuing Vinson after he reopened his recruitment. Vinson and Gilyard are mulling a visit to the Queen City later this spring. They like the Bearcats staff's plans for Vinson, should he choose UC.

“Cincinnati has big guys down there, and Terrell really wants to play the wing forward,” Gilyard said. “They’ve got [Yancy] Gates and another young big kid down there. The coach (Mick Cronin) has been to our games also. He spoke to me and said that all they need is a 3. They need a wing player. That drew a lot of attention when they spoke like that.”

Charlotte has been arguably the most persistent of Vinson’s main four suitors, Gilyard said.

“They’ve been real consistent on what they’re doing, so we figure, why not give them a shot?” Gilyard said. “They’re here for every game pretty much. The head coach (Bobby Lutz) has been here at least three or four times and [assistant coach Chris] Cheeks comes all the time.”

After the Alhambra tournament, Gilyard said Vinson will finalize his visits and focus entirely on his decision.

“We want to go visit a couple schools after March Madness,” Gilyard said. “We’ll go see a couple of the schools and pretty much after that at the end of April [he’ll be ready to make a decision]. Everyone’s pretty much even right now.”

Credit: Baltimore Sun photo of Vinson by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Feb.12, 2009

Posted by Matt Bracken at 7:30 AM | | Comments (17)
Categories: Local recruiting


no scholarship?! drop kim or goins or dupree or any of those guys that do nothing for us. We need vinson/stephenson and convice grevis to stay. that would give us some solid recruits and those tend to follow other solid recruits. The only reason we have a shot at stephenson is b/c of padgett, so you get some good players (5 and 4 star guys) then more will follow. Like stephenson said - he wants to know where the talent will be so he can succeed. This is crazy if we don't pick this kid up.

Obviously I don't have the fax the AD has because Lance wouldn't be coming to MD without a scholarship.

Puhleeezze release me let me go......

I have seen Vinson play and although I think he is a good player, he is not the shot in the arm that you might think MD needs. He is a hustle kid, and is not consistent with his shot but he has heart and will bang with anybody. So in short at this time MD already has players like that on the team as is. They need playmakers and Vinson is a good player just not a playmaker.

Gary has never run/dropped a kid off of scholarship and I don't expect that to happen this season. That's a horrible suggestion to even make. Would send a terrible signal to the kids and parents of kids we're recruiting. The reason we have a shot with with Stephenson is because Gary and Chuck have been working HARD under the radar for months. The fact that Padgett committed to UMD certainly doesn't hurt but Stephenson is considering other schools as well so don't get your hopes too high.

There is no chance of Greivas staying at Md. He needs the money to take care of his father. He will be gone and I am sure that at least one of the bench players who saw very few ACC minutes will transfer also. Russ is correct, you can't run someone out of the program on purpose, it sends a horrible message. It will happen naturally because kids want playing time or money. So there will be some movement for Vinson.

yeah I know stephenson is looking returning national champs kansas and #2 acc seed wake forest, or one of the most historic programs in ucla. Lets be realistic here, to get top recruits, you have to be winning and making 1 ncaa in 5 years isn't what a top 10 kid in the nation wants. However since he knows he is a one and done type guy so why not go to school w/ teammate. And yeah I know Vinson may not be a superstar but he is an upgrade to our 3, if you have vas (if he comes back) at pg, lance at sg, vinson at sf, williams or padgett down low and hope dino or another guy steps up could be an exciting team again. Hey at least neal won't be back.

If Vinson is a 4 star talent, why isn't any other big name school besides MD recruiting him? No offense to Cincy, Charlotte and UMASS but you would expect to see the the upper tier of the ACC and Big East going after him.

He's not a 4 star talent...not with those schools after him...

Hey, Russ:
Ever hear of Shane Walker? Nick Bosnic? There are plenty of others who were run out of College Park by Gary. Since the precedent has been set, why not give always injured and undertalented Jerome Burney an academic scholarship and send Goins packing? We won't miss either one of them and ditching them won't hurt recruiting in the future at home.

MW and Scott -- These are just the four schools he's considering. Many big-time schools are filled up at this point in the year. Georgetown and Villanova heavily recruited Vinson before he picked Loyola Marymount. Based on his initial choice, I don't think he's the type of kid that's necessarily concerned with playing for the most high-profile school.

Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz has ther most ridiculous hairdo is college sports. How anyone takes thay guy seriously I don't know.

GV is gone next year. In a perfect world, Goins or Dupree transfers out and we can grab Stephenson and Vinson.

Why did they even bother to sign Goins? a practice player body? Poor long term thinking on this one. They could have played this year with one less scholarship player and used that slot for the next class.

It's been a little while since GW sent Patsos an ACC washout. Fofana doesn't count. Make it happen. For the record, I'm just kidding. Kind of.

with tucker having 2 more yrs and milbourne one more yr why would vinson want to come to md. maryland needs good big men, a point guard to back up or start over hayes next yr and guys who are really good outside shooters something vinson doesn't offer.

Something must be up with these Montrose Christian kids: Armwood, Spurlock, and Vinson were much higher on the charts last summer. Plus, Armwood is the only one who stayed at Montrose. So what gives?

Matt: would you be kind enough to recap the scholarship situation? Because if Stephenson comes, UM will obviously give him one ... but from where?

Also: did any of the Maryland staff attend Oak Hill/Montrose last week?

Keep up the good work. It's interesting reading, that's for sure.

rockcreek -- Thanks for the kind words. Lots of good questions. On the Montrose kids, I'm really not sure on Spurlock. Vinson's dad said he just wanted to come home. His mother wasn't able to see him play very much when he was at Montrose, so that sounds like one reason. Not sure if anything else went on behind the scenes. According to The Post, Chuck Driesell was at the Oak Hill-Montrose game. You're right on the scholarship situation. Neal graduates and Pearman will go back to being a walk-on, so that's where Williams and Padgett get their scholarships from. So if Stephenson and/or Vinson want to come, there needs to be attrition. Whether that attrition is from Vasquez going pro or someone transferring, I can't say for sure.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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