2007 Intro: Terrell McKenzie

Terrell McKenzie is used to sharing the spotlight. He plays alongside Edgar Sosa in the summer and Luis Guzman in high school. In a year's time, McKenzie just might be better than both of his backcourt mates.

When the Gauchos won the title at the Next Level Ballers tournament in April, it wasn't Curtis Kelly who took home MVP honors. It wasn't Louisville-bound guard Edgar Sosa, either. It was rising junior guard Terrell McKenzie.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard, who teams with Luis Guzman in the backcourt at Paramus Catholic (N.J.), led the Gauchos with 23 points in the title game, a 87-55 rout over the Metro Hawks.

``Playing with Edgar really helps me," McKenzie said. "It opens the floor up for me so I don't have to work that hard."

McKenzie averaged 19.2 points and 5.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Paramus while playing primarily point guard. In the summer, Sosa is the primary ballhandler – but McKenzie still has the ball in his hands quite a bit.

``I really can play both," McKenzie said. "I'm a point guard that can score, but I prefer to play the one."

There's a good chance that the 17-year-old McKenzie could end up in the prep school ranks next year – and the two schools he's considering are Brewster Academy (N.H.) and American Christian (Pa.), where one of his closest friends, Tyreke Evans, is considered one of the top rising sophomores in the nation.

``Right now it's looking like I'm going to go to American Christian," he said. "Tyreke likes to play the one, but he's a two-guard. They need a point guard."

McKenzie already has received his first offer and it came from Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg shortly after the Next Level tournament in Dallas. McKenzie also lists UConn, Wake Forest, Arizona and Rutgers.

``I like Virginia Tech because they went into the ACC and aren't a powerhouse," McKenzie said. "I'd have room for error at any early stage."


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