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Vinson Opts Out of National Team Trials for Camps

This one stunned me a bit. Montrose Christian All-Met guard Terrell Vinson pulled out of the USA Basketball under-18 team trials so that he can attend a pair of Reebok-sponsored camps, colleague Stephen Ball reports, passing along this report:

Vinson has confirmed that he opted out of this week's USA Basketball under-18 team trials in Washington in favor of the Rbk U camp in Philadelphia this weekend and the Reebok Big Time tournament in Las Vegas later this month.

"I told them (Team USA officials) that I didn't want to do it," Vinson said. "I really just want to work on my perimeter game so that I'm ready for college."

Vinson confirmed that he is still interested in Georgetown, Villanova, Maryland, Duke and Memphis, and that he has now added Loyola Marymount to his short list.

"They're minor," the All-Met forward said when asked about Loyola. "But I'm looking for a school that's going to get the best out of me and has a good coach that will be there all four years."

Vinson said that had he played for the under-18 national team, playing for national team assistant and Georgetown coach John Thompson III would have probably had a serious impact on his interest in joining the Hoyas next year.

"I would have probably learned a lot from him," said Vinson, in refernce to Thompson. "I saw during my recruiting trips there the type of coach he is and the type of life lessons I would learn from him."

By Josh Barr  | July 1, 2008; 3:33 PM ET
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Comments

Young man, JTIII is simply the best coach in America.

Posted by: Hfan | July 3, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

What an idiot! You want to work on your game? Then why not compete so you can play against the best players your age in the world? What are they teaching these kids today? BTW, I'm sure he would have got a chance to see the coaching talents from Anthony Grant and then he would be ready to add VCU to his short list.

Posted by: GQ | July 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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