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October 1, 2009

Meet Terrell Stoglin

Terrell Stoglin was a man of mystery to many Maryland fans when he became the Terps’ first commitment of the 2010 class last spring.

Anonymity shouldn’t be a problem anymore for the Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard. Stoglin drew praise from multiple scouts and writers throughout a successful summer spent on the AAU circuit with Pump N’ Run Elite.

“I was playing on one of the top teams in the nation,” Stoglin said. “Every tournament we played in, I was going against the top point guards in the nation. Honestly, I always felt like I’m one of the top point guards in the nation. I took [the summer as an] opportunity to prove myself against the top players in the nation.”

In between AAU tournaments this summer, Stoglin took time to make his first visit to College Park. The trip to UM also marked the first time he met Terps coach Gary Williams in person.

“He’s a good guy. I like him a lot,” Stoglin said. “I expected to like him, but I didn’t expect to like him as much as I did. ... We talked on the phone a couple times, but just meeting him in person, he was a good guy. He’s a good person and I’m happy he’s going to be my future coach.”

It’ll be a drastic change when Stoglin leaves Arizona for Maryland, but it’s a change he is ready to embrace. Making the transition easier for Stoglin is the knowledge that he’s part of a top 10 recruiting class.

“It makes me feel pretty good,” Stoglin said. “It just makes me know I have to continue to work. I just want to work hard and to be the best I can be when I’m there.”

Here’s an introduction to Stoglin.

Name: Terrell DeVon Stoglin
Birthdate: Nov. 10, 1991
Birthplace: Tucson, Ariz.
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Nickname: The Prodigy
Height: 6’1
Position: 180
High School: Santa Rita High School
Junior statistics: 27 points, seven assists, two steals
Rankings: Rivals.com -- No. 122 overall, No. 28 point guard. Scout.com -- No. 33 point guard. ESPN -- No. 88 overall, No. 19 point guard.
Other schools considered: Texas A&M, San Diego, Georgia Tech, Arizona, USC
Favorite pro basketball player: Chris Paul
Favorite pro basketball team: Los Angeles Lakers
Favorite all-time Terp: Steve Francis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, 2Pac, Jay-Z
Favorite book: Hoop Dreams by Ben Joravsky
Favorite movie: He Got Game
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite high school class: English
Favorite thing about College Park: “I like the Comcast Center. It’s beautiful.”
Hobbies: “I play the drums. And I like to freestyle a little bit. ... My friends [put a video on YouTube] behind my back. I was laughing about it.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m a nice guy. I like to laugh a lot. I’ve got a good sense of humor. A lot of people that don’t know me personally probably don’t know that about me.”
Best basketball moment: “Playing against DeMar DeRozan my sophomore year. We played them real tough -- it was probably one of my best high school games. I had about 35 and we lost to them by two.”
Role model: “Jesus because I’m a Christian so it’s my religion. He saved a lot of people and I give all the glory to him. Everything I do, all the glory goes to Christ.”
Why Maryland? “Coaching staff. I like the coaching staff first of all. Some other coaching staffs weren’t as nice or outgoing as Maryland. I like how Maryland basketball is like a family. I spent some time with them and everything they do is like a family. I like how huge basketball is in Maryland and I just like the tradition.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:39 AM | | Comments (4)
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Comments

This guy sounds like a really high-quality person. If he's as good as advertised and his head is on as straight as it seems we might have stolen a golden nugget from the west coast. Nice job Gary Williams et al! I forsee another 5 years of rocking at Comcast now, the Terps are turning back up and its great to see.

Don't get me wrong, Gary is definately stepping up on the recruiting trail. BUT, how is it that this guy has never met Gary. I know the Asst Coaches do most of the leg work, but geez, you'd think Gary could of seen this kid play in person or sat down with his parents. I don't know maybe I'm outta touch, but I know my kid wouldn't go to school 2,500 miles away without me meeting his coach.

I'm sure Gary would have met him further along in the recruiting process, but Stoglin accepted the offer very early on

David, this was just a verbal. The guy could have rescinded if he met Gary and didn't like him. But props to the staff for locking this guy up as the word is that Zona's fanbase was flipping out after we grabbed him away from them. If we get a couple more good big guys in this class Gary may have a top-3 recruiting class-without resorting to paying players. Thats getting it done.

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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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