Among his frequent pickup-game challengers were his father, who played at Pima Community College and says he can still match his son's impressive outside shooting range; his uncle, James, who played at Grand Canyon University; his younger brother, T.J., who plays in high school and wears Terrell's jersey number (12); and a slew of older cousins.
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In his mind's eye, Stoglin was always Iverson, fearlessly slicing through the lane. Stoglin and the former NBA Most Valuable Player are about the same height. "I loved how small he was and how he didn't care," Stoglin said. "I loved his heart. I had every arm sleeve he had, the wrist bands. I wore head bands all the way until I was like a junior in high school."
He still has a poster of Iverson hanging in his room.
Stoglin was recruited by former Maryland assistants Rob Ehsan and Chuck Driesell. It is a coincidence — but perhaps a useful one for Maryland — that Turgeon coached Iverson as an assistant under Larry Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1997-98. "I'm not comparing Terrell to Iverson," Turgeon told reporters before the season. "[Brown] took Allen off the ball to get pressure off of him, but Allen was still a part of every possession. Hopefully I can take some pressure off Terrell but still have him be a part of every possession."
To aid in Terrell's development and discipline while he was at Santa Rita High School, Joe Stoglin hired a personal trainer for his son. Stoglin shed body fat and improved his endurance. No one except Mike Bibby — who now plays for the New York Knicks — scored more points than Stoglin in Arizona high school play.
The questions about Stoglin coming out of high school "were how his body would translate to the next level, and shot selection," said Josh Gershon, West Coast recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "It's not that he has poor [court] vision. It's just a mindset. At his high school, he was more of a passer, getting his teammates involved."
Stoglin used to love to lob the ball to Santa Rita teammate Darnell Shumpert, a 6-foot-7 forward now playing for Cal State San Bernardino. "I would get the ball — this is honest — on the fast break and he would run with me and I would just lob it up and he would go get it. Boom! Oh, I miss that," Stoglin said.
The implication is that Stoglin wants a Shumpert — a big man — to run with.
Playing with Shumpert "was pretty much like last year playing with Jordan [Williams]," Stoglin said. "Me and Jordan played well together."
Stoglin had significantly more assists in 2010-11 (3.3 per game) than this season (1.9). Williams, a 6-foot-10 center, left Maryland for the NBA after his sophomore year and is now with the New Jersey Nets. Maryland's recruiting class for 2012-13 is highlighted by promising 6-foot-9 center Shaquille Cleare from Houston.
In the meantime, Stoglin faces the same choice that Williams did about whether to return for a third season.
Stoglin said he is not looking to leave Maryland. As much as he misses Arizona's spicy Mexican food, the state's mountains and its grand sunsets, he says: "This is my home now."
But his NBA aspirations — whenever he chooses to pursue them — have been with him ever since he scribbled his life goals on construction paper. "He is going to be a professional basketball player," he wrote then.
At 20 years old, his NBA hopes remain as glittery as the fake-diamond earrings he hopes to one day trade in for real ones if his career progresses the way he imagines.
"Wish they were real," he said. "Soon."