Umass Fits For Vinson

After Another Recruiting Round, St. Frances Star Set To Join Minutemen's 'Cool Cats'

Varsity Boys Basketball

April 22, 2009|By Matt Bracken | Matt Bracken,mbracken@baltimoresun.com

Terrell Vinson heard lots of opinions during the recruiting process but kept his own counsel.

"With recruiting, everybody's got something to say," the St. Frances senior said. "You just try to keep a low profile and think about what's the best thing for yourself."

Vinson decided Monday night the best thing for him would be continuing his basketball career at Massachusetts. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward committed to UMass coach Derek Kellogg during an in-home visit.

Vinson, a Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection who averaged 23 points and eight rebounds as a senior, had committed to Loyola Marymount in the fall before reopening his recruitment after coach Bill Bayno left the school. Vinson had been recruited by Georgetown, Louisville, Maryland and Memphis, among others.

He made an official visit to the Amherst campus about two weeks ago.

"I was kind of unsure [about UMass] when I went into it," Vinson said. "But on the visit, I felt comfortable. The guys up there, they were nice. They're some cool cats I'm about to play with."

When UMass first expressed interest after Vinson got his release from Loyola Marymount, he said, he didn't give much thought to the Minutemen. He remembered Kellogg as an assistant coach at Memphis, where he recruited Vinson as a sophomore. Vinson said his relationship with Kellogg put UMass ahead of the other contenders.

Kellogg said "probably what he said to all his freshmen: Come in and work hard," Vinson said. "... He said I'm an all-around player, and [he liked] my IQ for the game."

The Minutemen finished 12-18 last season, but Vinson said: "They've got some workers on the team. ... I know we're pretty close to getting there."

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