"My role on this team is to be a leader," the 6-7 Reynolds senior said Monday afternoon, "and I'm not happy with myself right now. Me being here at this tournament has shown me a lot how important it is for me to be a leader."
This weekend's Nike-sponsored Academy National Invitational was hardly vintage Rey T. The Carolina-bound swingman scored a grand total of 17 points and missed most of the second game after getting an ill-advised technical foul.
Terry was up and down – albeit more down than up – in RJR's Friday opener against Seattle's Rainier Beach. He ended up with nine points and eight rebounds – as well as a block, a steal and an assist – but he shot only 2-for-12 from the floor.
That, however, turned out to be his best game of the tournament – that is, strictly statistically speaking.
He had just two points and three rebounds in Saturday's game against Memphis' Booker T. Washington before throwing an elbow to earn that tech early in the second quarter. Howard West sat him almost all of the rest of the way.
Monday, obviously, was much, much better. Terry returned with a clear head and played with tangible energy. His stat line was modest but well-rounded: six points, six boards, three steals, three blocks and an assist.
The Demons' coaches were pleased.
"Yeah," assistant Andre Gould said after Reynolds' 41-36 loss to Los Angeles Westchester. "He played hard, man."
"He's still a kid, and he's not perfect," West added. "But I explained to him the other day what we expect from him and we don't accept. He didn't have a problem with that. He came out focused today."
Reynolds' loss to one-time UNC target Trevor Ariza and his Comets from SoCal dropped the Demons to 1-2 for the tourney. But both losses – as well as the win – came against some of the nation's top schoolboy squads.
As for Terry, he learned his lesson, apparently. The message got through.
"I've got to keep my head in the game," he said. "I can't let people get to me like that. We're better when I'm on the floor.
"They said, ‘You're too good of a player to let people get into your head like that. They told me to focus because they needed me out there. It made a whole lot of sense."
Terry knows another thing: The scrutiny he's going to face this season – the scrutiny he's facing right now – has a lot to do with his Carolina commitment. Game-by-game updates on the Internet aren't new for him. But that doesn't make that kind of attention any easier.
"Sometimes it can get stressful," he said. "Especially when the same people are contacting you for the same reason over and over. They ask the same questions. They already know the answers."
Next up for Terry and his team: Friday night against the winner of Mt. Zion and South Meck – most likely Mt. Zion – at the Dell Curry Shootout in Charlotte.
*** About Justin Bohlander: The 6-7 Reynolds power forward said here this weekend that walking on at Carolina – just going to UNC for school – was his No. 1 college choice. But he also said he needed to improve on his SAT score to make that happen.
"I'm kind of undecided, but that's where I want to go," he said after Reynolds' win over Booker T. "I heard they were interested in me, and Coach has been talking to them. I'd love to go to Carolina for the academics."
Bohlander – maybe a Big South- or Southern Conference-type player if basketball were the sole determinant – had 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals against BTW.
He had four points and 13 rebounds against Rainier Beach and added six points, seven rebounds and seven turnovers in Monday's loss to Westchester.
"I don't see myself playing basketball after college," Bohlander said. "I've gotten some offers but not from anybody I'd want to be with. So I'm just going to make a decision based on education, and Carolina is definitely option No. 1."