Terrell Vinson commits to UMass
Terrell Vinson is headed to Massachusetts.
The 6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward from St. Frances committed to UMass last night during an in-home visit with Minutemen head coach Derek Kellogg.
“It went well,” said James Gilyard, Vinson’s father. “DK came in and DK is a player’s coach. He’s working hard to make sure he gets the best out of [Terrell].”
Vinson, who transferred to St. Frances from Montrose Christian before his senior season, helped the Panthers (33-5) to the MIAA A conference and Baltimore Catholic League championships. A Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, Vinson averaged 23 points and eight rebounds per game.
Vinson originally signed with Loyola Marymount last fall. But when Lions head coach Bill Bayno resigned from his position, Vinson asked out of his letter of intent. Once he received his release, UMass quickly entered the picture.
“What really helped him out was Derek Kellogg being the head coach,” Gilyard said. “With a lot of other schools, the assistant coaches come in, but when it’s not the head coach, you don’t know if it’s going to happen or not. Derek being the head coach, he came in and told Terrell, ‘you’re going to come in, work hard and have a chance to play next year.’ And Terrell wants to play next year.”
Vinson will join Baltimore native and Calvert Hall graduate Ricky Harris on the Minutemen roster next year. Harris, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, led UMass in scoring last year with 18 points per game.
Gilyard said his son’s other finalists were Maryland and Cincinnati. Father and son are both glad the recruiting process is over.
“Oh, man. It was grueling. It was tough,” Gilyard said. “But in the long run, it was good for him. He had to make decisions daily. But the pressure was on him and he came through.”
Check back with Recruiting Report later for more on Vinson’s decision.
Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.