Thursday, April 02, 2009

Terps get 2010 PG Commit

2010 point guard Terrell Stogin out of Tuscon, Arizona has given a verbal pledge to play for Maryland according to several Arizona newspapers. The Arizona Star wrote that Maryland noticed Stogin when his team played at Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland last year. The prospect of playing in the ACC and a potential to start right away was something that appealed to Stogin.

Stogin is putting up huge numbers in high school and is only about 900 points away from the Arizona state scoring record held by Mike Bibby. He averaged 27 points a game this season as a junior and had several impressive battles against older players like Abdul Gaddy who played very well in the McDonald's All American game last night. Against Gaddy Stogin scored 30 points and drained seven 3-pointers before his team fell in overtime. The left hander is built solidly for a junior and has a nice outside stroke. He is a scoring poing guard but can distribute the ball well too. He has a good handle and can use his strength to get to the basket when needed. Right now Stogin is ranked near the bottom of the top 100 players for 2010 but look for him to climb the list when he starts playing AAU games this summer.

Before you start getting too excited keep in mind that the sleazy Tim Floyd was just hired by Arizona and he had recruited Stogin while the coach at USC. In an interview with the Tuscon Citizen Stogin said he was interested to see who Arizona hired and it was "possible" he could change his mind before the official signing date but that he was "very much" committed to playing for Maryland. That should make you feel a little uneasy, especially if he makes a name for himself this summer, because Floyd isn't going to back off.

Maryland needed a point guard to replace Eric Hayes and/or Greivis Vasquez (who seems to be leaning towards coming back for his senior season) when Stogin would arrive in College Park. From a talent perspective I think Stogin isn't a bad pick up but we'll have to see how committed to Maryland he really is.

You can see videos of Stoglin here and here. He is #20 in green.

UPDATE: Tim Floyd has refused Arizona's offer to be head coach and will remain at USC according to reports.

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