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.
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.