Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Terrell Vinson, a 6-7, 205-pound power forward from Baltimore St. Frances, committed to UMass during a home visit Monday night with head coach Derek Kellogg.
“Yes, sir. Last night on the home visit,” said James Gilyard, Vinson’s stepfather.
Vinson led St. Frances to the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association titles. He averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds.
He is ranked No. 27 among power forwards and No. 150 overall in the Class of 2009 by Rivals.
Vinson initially signed with Loyola Marymount in November, but was released after head coach Bill Bayno, a former UMass assistant, resigned in midseason because of stress.
This time around, Vinson chose UMass over Cincinnati, Maryland and Charlotte.
“He visited the campus April 9-10,” Gilyard said. “He was up there for 48 hours. He saw a couple instuctors and he liked Derek Kellogg as a second-year head coach. The main thing was that Derek talked to him and seemed like a good guy and a guy that’s going to be there for him and do the right thing for him.”
Gilyard said Vinson was happy to have the process over with.
“He’s very excited about that being over with,” Gilyard said.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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