"We got off to a slow start but we are becoming more of a team and working hard on the little things in practice," said 6'5 sophomore shooting guard J.T. Terrell about his team's 8-2 start. Unfortunately for opponents, there has been nothing slow about his game so far this season.
Terrell has been on fire so far this season as he has averaged 25 points per contest. He has scored 30 or more four times including a 38 point gem against Carrboro, a game in which he buried seven three-pointers. "I think my best strength right now is that I am a good shooter," said Terrell, "but I can also get to the basket when I want to."
For some players, these attributes would be enough but Terrell is still working hard on his game. "I am in the gym working on my handles and strength right now. I want to be known as an all around player."
Although he is just a sophomore, a host of high major schools have shown interest in Terrell. "Wake Forest, UNC-Charlotte, and Virginia have been showing me a lot of interest so far. I have also visited Kentucky twice with my friend John Wall." Terrell claims to have official offers on the table from Wake Forest, Charlotte, and Miami. When asked if any school is a favorite at this point, Terrell responded that "Wake really sticks out."
"I like the school and the atmosphere there," Terrell said of Wake. "I also really like the coaches and the team. They are really fun to be around." As of now Terrell has no future visits planned but Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio and assistant coach Mike Muse were able to catch J.T. in action earlier this season. Terrell said he has been thinking about making a decision after his season is over or this summer so he can concentrate on his final two years of high school.
With all of the phone calls, visits and expectations that come along with being a high level recruit, some players may see it as a burden, but Terrell is enjoying the process. "I have really enjoyed the recruiting process. It is a blessing. I never thought I would be getting this much attention." Being a high level recruit also means that he will get everyone's best shot, a fact that he relishes. "I like a challenge," said Terrell.
With his blend of shooting ability, work ethic and humble attitude Terrell is poised to be one of the best shooting guards in the class of 2010. Whichever team is lucky enough to land Terrell will be getting a first-class player and person.