Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 1:50 pm
By Jeff Borzello
USC has found an interesting pipeline for new players: Wake Forest.
First, it was former Demon Deacons forward Ari Stewart deciding to transfer to the Trojans. Now, it’s J.T. Terrell.
“4 everyone that wants 2 kno my nxt move…I’m now officially a USC Trojan!” Terrell tweeted on Wednesday night.
Terrell, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard, averaged 11.1 points per game last season, starting 18 games and knocking down nearly 36 percent from 3-point land. He has tremendous range on his jumper, and will join an experienced Trojans team next season.
Wake Forest announced on September 5 that Terrell was leaving the school after being arrested for DWI.
“Due to circumstances surrounding his arrest, along with other recent indicators, it is obvious to J.T. and his family that J.T. suffers from a serious medical condition which requires immediate attention,” Mike Grace, Terrell’s attorney, said in a statement at the time.
With Stewart, Terrell and starting point guard Jio Fontan all sitting out the upcoming season, expect USC to make a move towards the top of the Pac-12 standings in 2012-13.
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Posted on: September 5, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 6:27 pm
It keeps getting worse for Wake Forest.
Three days after Ty Walker was ruled ineligible for the first semester after violating the student conduct code, the Demon Deacons suffered another blow.
J.T. Terrell, a sophomore guard and the team’s second-leading scorer, is withdrawing from the University and leaving the basketball team after being arrested for DWI on Saturday.
“Due to circumstances surrounding his arrest, along with other recent indicators, it is obvious to J.T. and his family that J.T. suffers from a serious medical condition which requires immediate attention,” Mike Grace, Terrell’s attorney, said in a statement.
Terrell ranked second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 11.1 points per game. The sophomore guard from Burlington, N.C. started 18 games and shot nearly 36 percent from 3-point range.
“We wish J.T. well as he seeks to turn his life around,” head coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “He is at an important crossroads in his life and needs to devote his full attention to recovering.”
Terrell expressed regret for his actions in a statement.
“I ask for your prayers and best wishes as I undertake the task of rebuilding my life over the next few months,” he said. “With your continued support, I hope to one day both complete my college education and play basketball at some level.”
Wake Forest went just 1-15 in the ACC last season, struggling to an 8-24 overall record. In addition to the departure of Terrell and ineligibility of Walker, the Demon Deacons have also lost double-figure scorer Gary Clark to graduation and starting forward Ari Stewart to a transfer. Leading scorer and rebounder Travis McKie returns, as well as point guard C.J. Harris, but the rest of the roster is thin.
Sophomores Tony Chennault and Carson Desrosiers will be counted on to step up and produce, while former Georgetown transfer Nikita Mescheriakov will also likely start.