Vetter talks about Ross, early commitments
Montrose Christian Coach Stu Vetter made an appearance Wednesday on Verbally Committed -- A DMV Prepcast on 106.7 The Fan HD-2 -- and spoke with hosts B.J. Koubaroulis and Stephen Ball about a number of issues. One topic Vetter touched on that might be of interest to Maryland fans was the recruitment of senior shooting guard Terrence Ross*, who recently backed out of his verbal commitment to the Terrapins in order to consider other programs.
* Vetter is asked about Ross five minutes into the 20-minute segment, if you're interested only in hearing that part.
"After (Ross's) commitment back in April he stayed around this summer and worked on his game," Vetter said. "He got better. He didn't play AAU, which I think was a big plus for him because he had an opportunity to actually work on his game, not just go around and play games. And I think that he got a lot better. The other factor, too, is his mom is out on the west coast, so I think she wanted to be involved in the decision. And when we talk in terms of Maryland, we don't talk in terms of a de-commitment. We just re-opened his recruitment to a limited number of schools, and the schools that he re-opened it to are some of the elite of college basketball."
The other schools Ross is considering are Duke, Kentucky and Kansas, though Vetter made clear that the player has not ruled out eventually ending up in College Park.
"He still has a lot of interest in Maryland, and I think his decision will come this spring, and it will be a more informed decision," Vetter said.
In terms of early commitments or early signings in general, Vetter said he does not believe they are a good idea.
"I think kids have a difficult time, you know, making an informed decision a year before they're going to even, or a year and a half before they're going to attend the college," Vetter said. "Some of these verbal commitments, I saw one a couple years ago where an eighth grader committed to Kentucky. To me, that just doesn't make any sense. But when somebody does make a verbal commitment, I think they need to research it and make sure that they're making the right decision."
January 14, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
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