More on Terrence Ross
Shooting guard Terrence Ross, once considered the centerpiece of Maryland’s 2010 recruiting class, has broken off his verbal commitment to the Terrapins and reopened his recruitment. Ross, a senior at Montrose Christian, still is considering Maryland as a collegiate destination, but is fielding interest from Duke and Kentucky, among other Division I programs.
In an interview Tuesday with DevilsIllustrated.com, a Rivals.com-affiliated web-site that covers Duke basketball, Ross said he was no longer committed to Maryland. He confirmed the news himself on Wednesday via a status update on his Facebook page. Ross gave a verbal (non-binding) commitment to the Terrapins coaching staff last spring.
"My mom actually sent out an email to the Maryland coaches” last weekend, Ross said, according to Rivals.com report. “She let them know that I was decommitting. I think I was never really fully into being with Maryland; I was always about 80 percent or so.”
Attempts to reach Ross for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful. Maryland coaches are prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on unsigned recruits.
Montrose Christian Coach Stu Vetter said Wednesday that Ross had re-opened his recruitment to a limited number of programs. Vetter said Ross would consider no more than 3-4 teams, including Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Maryland. But per Montrose Christian team rules, Ross will not make any official visits during the season.
According to a source familiar with Ross’s recruitment, Ross had wavered on his verbal commitment to Maryland as far back as September. The source said Duke and Kentucky began showing interest in Ross, which flattered the 6 foot 5, 185-pound shooting guard.
“He probably didn’t think at this time last year he would have that level of recruitment, but he does,” the source said. “And I think that’s appealing to him.”
At one point this fall, in an attempt to mollify an increasingly anxious Maryland coaching staff, Ross put in writing that he understood what a verbal commitment meant and that he would honor the one he had given to the Terrapins so long as Gary Williams remained the head coach, according to multiple sources who saw the note. Even though it was in writing, the substance of the note was not binding in any way.
One source said Josh Hairston, a teammate of Ross at Montrose Christian who has committed to Duke, has served as an intermediary of sorts between Ross and the Blue Devils. Ross said in the Rivals.com report that he has received a scholarship offer from Duke.
Although he has reopened his recruitment, Ross posted a status update on his Facebook page Wednesday that read: “UMD FANS IT IS NOT FOR CERTAIN THAT I AM GOING TO DUKE. CHILL OUT!!”
Rivals.com rates Ross as the No. 43 overall recruit in the 2010 class; Scout.com slots him at No. 93 overall in the class of '10.
Ross was expected to join point guard Terrell Stoglin, small forward Mychal Parker and power forward Ashton Pankey -- each of whom signed letters of intent during the fall signing period -- in forming a Maryland recruiting class that would rank in the top 20 in the nation. Ross raised the concern of many Maryland followers when he did not sign a letter of intent during the fall signing period.
“It’s a big deal,” said Dave Telep, the national recruiting director for Scout.com, “because this guy (Ross), he’s exponentially better than the last time I saw him.”
While it remains possible Ross still will sign with the Terrapins, such a prospect seems cloudier at this point.
“I get the vibe that they’ve got a lot of work to do,” one source said. “I wouldn’t say that there’s no chance (Ross will play at Maryland), but it doesn’t look good.”
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