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June 23, 2009

Terps women land N.J. shooting guard

The first time Laurin Mincy thought basketball might lead her to College Park was during Maryland Madness last October.

The Newark, N.J., shooting guard met the team, chatted with other recruits and saw Terps coach Brenda Frese work the Comcast Center crowd into a frenzy.

Still, the 6-foot Mincy was deliberate with her recruitment and didn’t want to make a hurried choice.

“I wanted to make sure [I was comfortable with] my decision,” Mincy said. “I just wanted to make sure it was right because it’s a lifelong decision.”

Eight months later, Mincy followed through on that gut feeling, committing to Maryland on Monday. The New Jersey girls basketball Player of the Year picked the Terps over Georgia and Rutgers.

Maryland began recruiting Mincy during her freshman year and never ceased in its pursuit.

“I think with Coach Frese, she recruited me the hardest out of all the coaches,” Mincy said. “She made the phone calls when she needed to. The coaches e-mailed frequently to keep me informed on how the team was doing [on the court] and outside of basketball. ... [Frese is] also close to my parents. Just the other day, she just wished my dad a happy birthday. My mom’s a newlywed, so she e-mailed my mom, asking her how she felt having my stepfather [experience] his first Father’s Day. A connection with my family is very important, so I took that into account in making my decision.”

Mincy, a five-star player according to Rivals.com, averaged 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two and a half blocks per game as a junior, leading University High to the North Jersey Section 2 quarterfinals. A three-year starter, Mincy has scored 1,843 career points.

University head coach Felicia Oliver called Mincy a “go-to player” and leader, but noted that her game goes beyond the box score.

“Her strengths are the intangibles that you don’t see,” Oliver said. “Her will to win, her drive, her unselfishness, and her willingness to make players around her better; those attributes make the kid a coach’s dream. She’s not worried about making herself better; she’s worried about making her teammates better. And you don’t find that in every kid, especially those kids that are considered future great players.

Oliver first saw Mincy play as an eighth grader. She recalled walking into the gym and seeing four girls draped all over Mincy, who then proceeded to lose the quartet with a crossover dribble, drive just inside the 3-point line and bury a long-range jumper. Oliver has seen more of the same during Mincy's three years at University.

“The kid just rises to the occasion," Oliver said. "There’s no quit in her. She can erase a 10-point deficit by herself in a matter of seconds. ... What can you say? She’s like a mini Candace Parker.”

Mincy hurt her knee last weekend and is awaiting the MRI results. While the rest of her summer depends largely upon those results, Mincy said she’s excited for her 2010 arrival in College Park, when she’ll try and live up to Frese’s expectations.

“She told me that she wants me to come in, potentially start and help them win a national championship,” Mincy said. “We have [point guard] Dara Taylor, that’s coming in now as a freshman. We have all the pieces, so she just told me that she’s putting the pieces together to win a national championship, and I can help them do that.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:38 AM | | Comments (13)
        

Comments

Since most of the Lady Terps' news lately has been about players leaving (i,e. Strickland and Lyles) it's good to hear of a top notch player picking Maryland.

Great catch. Re-loading time once again!

THANK YOU LAURIN MINCY!!!!! I saw you on TV this year and at the Best of Maryland last year. I think you were at our Duke home game this year too. I love your game!! You are so talented, intelligent and unselfish. Welcome to the Maryland family. I will be cheering loudly for you for the rest of your life!

Note to Bob C- it was Mingo that left because she wasn't going to get much PT and not Liles.

I can't wait to watch Laurin Mincy and Alyssa Thomas on the wings together. That is going to be awesome!!!!

WAY TO GO BRENDA - YOU SURE KNOW HOW TO PUT A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TOGETHER -I ADMIRE YOU EMPHASIS ON THE FAMILY AND TAKING CARE OF YOUR PLAYERS - RS

Welcome to Laurin Mincy! Cannot wait to see you play in a MD uniform! Go Terps!

Laurin- on behalf of Maryland fans, we are so excited about this news. You are going to have a terrific college experience. Thank you for choosing Maryland.

Congrats to Brenda and I look forward to watching you team's next title run, and by the way could you show Gary how to lock up a championship recruiting class like yours please. LOL

Laurin,

As a Maryland alum and die-hard fan of every Terps team, I am so excited that you chose Maryland! Welcome! Looking forward to seeing you play at Maryland!

I REALLY LIKE THE TWO COACHES YOU HAVE HIRED, YES BRENDA IS RELOADING FOR ANOTHER GREAT TEAM, SO ENJOYABLE TO WATCH TERPS WOMEN BASKETBALL.

Keep working Brenda Freeze you are awesome. As a coach myself, you have to weed out the ones who arent on the same page, wish them luck and get back to the business of winning national championships.

Great pick up Brenda. Can't wait to see the next generation of TERPS in action!

MR. RUSSELL, I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY WITH YOUR COMMENTS - ALSO TIFFANY MOORE IS SERIOUSLY LOOKING AT JOINING MINCY - THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER EXCELLENT GROUP. KEEP IT UP BRENNDA

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About Matt Bracken

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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