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Montrose Christian's Terrence Ross picks Terps

The Maryland men's basketball program landed its second commitment of the 2010 class today, and it was a big one.

Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross pledged to the Terps this afternoon. The four-star prospect was reportedly recruited by Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Washington, Louisville, Georgetown, Villanova and several others.

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"He actually told Gary today around noon," Montrose Christian head coach Stu Vetter said. "He'd been thinking about it for awhile and he has been impressed with the University of Maryland, the way they play and the coaching staff. He decided it was best to make the decision now so he could concentrate on his academic work and becoming a better basketball player."

Ross, the No. 31 player in the 2010 class, according to Rivals.com, is originally from Portland, Ore. The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder transferred to Montrose before this season. He was Montrose's second-leading scorer at around 15 points per game, according to Vetter."One of the reasons why he decided to go to Maryland was that he's very happy at Montrose," Vetter said. "He wanted to stay near the Montrose family and decided that he really liked the fact that he could still keep his ties to Montrose playing at the University of Maryland. That was one of the determining factors.

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"He also wanted to get the recruiting process over with because a player like him would be recruited by every school in the country. The amount of focus that was starting to generate around him [was crazy], so this was an opportunity to get the recruiting process over with and just sign with a school that he really has enjoyed this past year."

Vetter called Ross a versatile shooting guard that plays above the rim and has outstanding athleticism. Vetter said the Terps are getting the total package in Ross.

"Maryland did an outstanding job of recruiting him," Vetter said. "They came on strong in the spring recruiting period. [Terps assistant] Robert Ehsan and Gary Williams did a great job of recruiting and showing him the advantages of staying close to Montrose and again, the other players we have at the University of Maryland (Greivis Vasquez and Adrian Bowie) also did a good job of convincing him that Maryland's an outstanding place for him to come and play."

Ross joins Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin in Maryland's 2010 recruiting class.

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