Holiday Hardwood Highlight: Christian Terrell
WESTLAKE, Calif. -- Of the three 2016 prospects that take the floor at the start of every game for Sacramento (Calif.), there is one that is perhaps the most well-rounded not just on the team, but in the 2016 class as a whole: Christian Terrell.
The 6-foot-4, 175-pounder says that he is well and truly a point guard, through-and-through, but if last month's Holiday Hardwood Invitational in Westlake, Calif., is any indication, Terrell is a top-flight wing in the making.
In the opener, Terrell scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting, with seven rebounds against Clovis North, and though he scored just a combined 18 points over the final two games of the tournament, he also pulled down 13 boards and tallied five steals and five assists as the Dragons came up just short in a 57-53 title game loss to El Cerrito (Calif.).
"I like just being able to distribute the ball to my teammates, getting them open," Terrell said. "That's what I enjoy doing: Getting my teammates involved, and scoring when I need to."
The coach of one of Sacramento's victims – Santa Monica (Calif.) and dual stars Jonah Mathews and New Williams -- said that the Dragons could very well go undefeated next season, which lines right up with what Terrell thinks, as well.
"We can definitely go to state by our junior year," Terrell said, citing 2016 teammates Tre Finch and Solomon Young.
Terrell is the versatile and probably the most well-rounded of the three, but he's a very streaky shooter; the good thing is, when he does go cold, he can affect the game in a lot of other ways. Terrell was 1-for-7 in the first three quarters of the title game before pulling down two boards and going 2-for-3 from the field, adding a steal in the final moments of the fourth quarter. He finished with just nine points, but had six rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Terrell's handles are very good, but he does play a bit out of control at times when in traffic, which leads to turnovers. That said, there are other times when he keeps the ball on a string and can toy with defenders.
Terrell has received heavy interest early on from several Pac-12 schools, including California, USC and Washington, with the latter two extending offers. UC Irvine and UC Davis have also offered.
The only major local program he's spoken with, though, has been the Bears.
"We've talked quite a bit," Terrell said. "I've had conversations with coach John [Montgomery] and that's about it."
The one offer on Terrell's wish list, though, comes from a school which wears a different shade of blue.
"North Carolina," he smiled. "I've always watched North Carolina. It's always been a top team for me."
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