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VCU transfer Terry Larrier chooses Connecticut over Maryland, other schools

After signing five-star prospect Diamond Stone in April and getting a commitment from Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon earlier this month, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon's hot streak was finally stopped Thursday.

Terry Larrier, a 6-foot-7 forward who announced plans to transfer from VCU after Rams coach Shaka Smart left to go to Texas, told Scout.com that he was headed to Connecticut.

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In picking Storrs, Connecticut over College Park, where he visited last week, Larrier cited his previous relationship with UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who had recruited the former four-star prospect at a nearby prep school.

"He's just a good dude," Larrier said of Ollie. "He's a stand-up dude. We talk all the time. I think he's done a good job with the UConn program. I'm excited to go to UConn."

Maryland was hoping to sign Larrier, who averaged 6.6 points and three rebounds as a freshman, to help overcome the expected loss after next season of several players, including senior forward Jake Layman.

Larrier is a former Top-40 recruit with a similar skill set to Layman.  Larrier, who is from The Bronx, will have to sit out the 2015-16 season in accordance with NCAA rules.

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