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Maryland wasn't really on the radar of Santa Rita High School point guard Terrell Stoglin growing up.

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound junior was born and raised in Tucson, Ariz., where the Arizona Wildcats are king and the Pac-10 is the conference of choice.

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"The only thing I knew about Maryland was that Steve Francis went there," Stoglin said. "He was one of my favorite players when he was in his prime. But it's the ACC and it's a big conference. So when you get a phone call from an ACC school, you get happy."

Stoglin discusses commitment to Maryland

Stoglin got that call last night and promptly offered his commitment to Maryland. The three-star prospect said he chose the Terps over offers from Texas A&M, the University of San Diego and Penn State. Arizona also recruited Stoglin.

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The Maryland staff discussed offering Stoglin about two months ago, but made things official last night.

"Matter of fact they called [last night], coach Gary [Williams] and coach Rob [Ehsan]," Stoglin said. "Coach Gary did all the talking about the program and where I would fit in. They offered and I just felt it was my job to take it."

Ehsan discovered Stoglin last summer at the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis. The Terps assistant told Stoglin he was interested, and the recruitment progressed from there with Ehsan checking out a few more AAU games and a couple of Stoglin's practices at Santa Rita. Stoglin's first trip to Maryland came during a high school tournament this winter. The area appealed to him immediately.

"I was weighing my options, and as a matter of fact, I was going to wait until the summer [to commit]," Stoglin said. "A couple of days ago my family sat down at the dinner table and discussed it. I like the D.C. area, and I like the climate. I like the way coach Williams coaches and I like the program overall. Maryland has a great guard history and I just thought I'd pull the trigger."

As a junior, Stoglin averaged 27 points, seven assists and two steals per game. He described himself as a pass-first point guard that plays tough defense. Stoglin said Williams expects him to contribute to the Terps as soon as he arrives on campus for the 2010-2011 season.

Stoglin said he plans to visit College Park this summer. Until then, he'll keep his eye on Maryland from afar.

"I'm a hard worker and I do my best to win," Stoglin said. "I'm a winner and I look forward to representing the Terrapins."

Arizona Daily Star photo by James Gregg

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