Vinson reflects on successful senior season


NORTH BETHESDA, Md. -- St. Frances Academy's (Baltimore, Md.) Terrell Vinson has been a highly rated and heavily recruited prep basketball player on the national level since he became a starter for legendary coach Stu Vetter at Montrose Christian High School (Rockville, Md.) as a freshman in 2006.

As a freshman at Montrose Christian, Vinson started alongside prep stars like Kevin Durant, Greivis Vasquez and Adrian Bowie. Vinson was a three-year starter for Vetter at Montrose before he transferred back to hometown St. Frances this past summer for his senior year.

Vinson had an outstanding season for the FAB 50 No. 24 Panthers, averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds while leading the team to Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference championships. The Panthers finished the season 33-5 after losing in the opening round of the ESPNRISE.com National High School Basketball Invitational where they fell to FAB 50 No. 5 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) 74-65. Vinson scored 29 points in the loss.

"I enjoyed being here my senior year, it was nice playing at home as a senior," Vinson said. "I feel like I had a good season myself and feel I improved as a player. Having a great record and winning some a championship was a good way to go out as a high school player."

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Vinson earned All-City and All-Met Honors from the Baltimore Sun and recently was honored as a 2009 Parade All-American.

"That was a huge honor," Vinson told ESPNRISE.com. "To make Parade All-American is something that players really work for and dream about."

Vinson is a small forward who earned a reputation for being a tough rebounder and inside scorer while also improving his versatility and expanding his perimeter skills each season.

He wants to play small forward in college, though he told ESPNRISE.com that, depending on the college he chooses, he thinks he can also play some shooting guard at the next level.

Vinson signed with Loyola Marymount University of California in November during the NCAA's early signing period, but de-committed after head coach Bill Bayno departed.

After entertaining numerous college recruiting overtures over the winter and spring, Vinson committed to the University of Massachusetts on April 21, 2009.

James Quinn covers high school basketball for MDVarsity.com