Terrell Vinson Heading to Loyola Marymount

November 12th, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - The Loyola Marymount men's basketball program continued its impressive transition under first-year Head Coach Bill Bayno as high school standout Terrell Vinson (St. Frances Academy - Baltimore Academy) signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play collegiate basketball for the Lions starting in 2009-10. Vinson is the first player to sign an NLI during the early signing period that runs from Nov. 12-19.

"We are very excited to have Terrell joining our program," said Bayno, who enters his first game at the helm of the Lions on Friday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "He is a very athletic, talented player who will have the potential to do special things at LMU and in college basketball. We are hopeful to add more to this incoming class and along with them, Terrell and our current roster, we are very excited for the future."

The 6-6 power forward Vinson has been rated as high as the 46th-rated player in the nation by "ESPNU 100" and was named a preseason high school All-American entering his senior season and was first-team All-MET after averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds for Montrose Christian High School in Rockville, Mary., a a junior. He will play his senior season at Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore.

He was named All-Maryland First-Team by the Maryland Gazette and was chosen to play for the AAU Under-17 program, Team Reebok USA. He went on to play for 10 days in Italy with some of the top high school All-Americans in the country. He was also one of 25 players named to the Under-18 US National Team tryouts to compete in Argentina this past summer.

Terrell scored a game high 16 points and grabbed 8 boards in the summer AAU Championship game and showed why many believe he is the best player in the DC Metro Area with 25 points in the semifinals.

"Terrell is solid offensive player who can really finish," said Bayno. "The important piece, however, is that he is a hard worker and motivated to become better. He fits well within our program."

The 2008-09 squad will begin the regular season on Friday, Nov. 14 when they take on Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the World Vision Classic at Iowa State. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. (PT) and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.