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 Rivals.com, has also turned his attention to recruiting.
According to Gilyard, Vinson is focused on four schools: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Maryland and Massachusetts.
“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