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
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.”