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.
Maryland coach Gary Williams landed a local wing Friday when Terrence Ross committed to the Terps.
Ross, a 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard out of Portland, Ore., played for Stu Vetter at Montrose Christian (Md.). Ranked No. 10 at his position in the Class of 2010, Ross chose Maryland over UCLA and Oregon State, among others.
“Maryland did a good job recruiting him,” Vetter told The Washington Post. “They recruited him hard this spring and during the season. Throughout the year, he told me he enjoyed Montrose and he wanted to stay close to home. This was an opportunity for him to not only stay close to Montrose but also go to a great program like Maryland. It’s a great opportunity for him and it’s a very good fit for Maryland.”
Ross averaged 13.5 points last season, but Vetter thinks he has just begun to show his skills
“He can play above the rim and create his own shot,” Vetter said. “You’ll see that a lot next year. He needs to improve some things, but the things he needs to improve will be worked on this summer and I think next year you’ll see a super player.”
So, what does this mean for Maryland’s recruitment of Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson?
Because Ross is only a junior, the Terps could still take Lance for a year before Ross ever steps on campus.
Still, as we reported yesterday, word is that the Stephensons think Maryland’s system is too structured and thus Lance is still looking for the best option.
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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.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.