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By Brendan Murphy
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John Henson is the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2009.
Vinson Heads To Loyola MarymountESPNU 100 prospect Terrell Vinson, rated No. 46 overall and No. 8 among small forwards in Class 2009, has committed to coach Bill Bayno and Loyola Marymount. LMU edged Maryland, Georgetown and Villanova for the 6-foot-6 standout. Vinson joins center Edgar Garibay and guard Given Kalipinde as 2009 Loyola Marymount commitments.
ESPN.com's recruiting director Bob Gibbons talked about this huge score for the Lions.
"In the most surprising recruiting happening thus far concerning the Class of 2009, outstanding small forward Terrell Vinson committed last night to Loyola Marymount," Gibbons said. "Coach Bill Bayno has always been a master recruiter, especially during his tenure at UNLV. But this may be one of his all-time best recruiting coups."
"He turned down offers from Georgetown, Maryland, and Villanova to attend Loyola Marymount, all because of his deep admiration and respect for Coach Bill Bayno," Gibbons said.
"I got to know Coach Bayno during the past year, and it just came down to the fact that he is the coach that I trust the most to help me take my game to the highest level," Vinson told ESPN.com. "I learned a lot at his elite camp this summer. And during his in-home visit, Coach Bayno showed me a list of things that I need to work on, and that really impressed me."
SG Vogrich bound for Ann Arbor
Lake Forest, Ill., star Matt Vogrich has committed to the University of Michigan and coach John Beilein. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard chose the Wolverines over Notre Dame and Stanford. Among other offers were Baylor, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Oregon State, Wake Forest, UCLA and Rice.
ESPN.com's national recruiting director Paul Biancardi describes Vogrich as a prolific shooter who will stretch defenses in the Big 10.
Vogrich also has tremendous court vision and passing skills.
"To go along with his shooting skills, he is an excellent passer," Biancardi said. "He can take an outlet pass and throw it ahead for an easy basket, or in the half court he can hit cutters for layups. Matt is also a terrific pick 'n roll player. With his shooting prowess he can knock down shots behind screens, attack the pick-and-roll or hit the screener rolling to the basket. He always plays with his head up and sees the floor well."Complete On the Trail updates
Chill out, Mansoor. You may not be aware, but Memphis already has two excellent 2009 recruits. They are 6-5 G/F Nolan Dennis (North Richland Hills, Texas/Richland), ranked No. 45 on the ESPNU 150, and Will Coleman (Miami/Miami-Dade College), the top-rated junior college big man,.
Memphis is also one of the current leaders for the top point-guard prospect in the Class of 2009, John Wall (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God). Wall has blazing speed and quickness, and his game is comparable to that of top 2008 point guard Brandon Jennings. The Tigers must beat Baylor to gain the services of Wall. Reportedly, his role model is former Memphis All-American Derrick Rose. Wall believes Coach Calipari can prepare him for the NBA as he did Rose. However, Baylor has hired Wall's travel team coach, Dwon Clifton. This recruiting battle will be interesting.
Other top recruiting targets the Tigers are very involved with and could possibly get commitments from include: 6-3 2/1G Kenny Boynton (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage); 6-8 PF Thomas Robinson (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy); 6-6 G/F Dominic Cheek (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony); and former Pittsburgh signee, 6-7 P/WF Darnell Dodson (Miami/Miami-Dade College).
-- Bob Gibbons
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