Putting up modest numbers last season as a junior at Lowndes (GA) HS doesn’t tell the complete story of Terrance Vinson, a 6-8, 217-pound senior with the reputation of being a fierce competitor on the court, with an abundance of athleticism.
Vinson has emerged as a sleeper frontcourt prospect with a number of colleges chasing him down. Virginia Tech, Tulane, Central Florida, UT-Chattanooga, George Mason and Auburn are seriously recruiting Vinson, also known for his rebounding and defensive work.
Vinson claims that all of the above-listed schools have offered him scholarships, with the exception of Auburn, and he is currently in the midst of taking his official visits. His first was taken to UT-Chattanooga last weekend, with upcoming trips scheduled to Virginia Tech (October 11-12) and George Mason (October 15). Tulane will also get an official visit, although that date hasn’t been finalized with the Green Wave.
“I want to play at the highest level possible, so the ACC is very appealing,” Vinson told TechSideline.com. “Right now, I’m liking Virginia Tech best, then Tulane and UT-Chattanooga is kind of up there.”
Vinson has merged a strong bond with the coaches at Virginia Tech, and working hard to improve his game at the next level will be a keen focus, wherever he matriculates.
“With Virginia Tech, I really like the ACC and all of the coaches are nice. Coach (Seth) Greenberg is a nice guy and I really like him a lot,” said Vinson. “I want to go somewhere and work hard, win and be able to go to the NCAA tournament. I am used to coaches that get after me, so I want a coach that will motivate me and push me hard.”
After a junior season that saw him post numbers of 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, Vinson will use this season to work on expanding his total package, aware of the areas that need to be fortified.
“Rebounding and playing defense and the strong suits of my game right now,” Vinson said. “I want to work on my ball-handling this year, extending the range on my jumper and just being able to play away from the basket more than last year.
“I didn’t really shoot the ball that much last year. Most of my points were off dunks, so I want to be more of a force offensively this year.”
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