Thu, 11/13/2008 - 01:27 — Press Release
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
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.