I. Renko is an RTC correspondent.
Coming into the season, Terrell Stoglin wasn’t exactly flying high on the college hoops radar. He didn’t make the ACC preseason first team. He didn’t make the 50-person Wooden Award watch list. Heck, he didn’t even make Andy Katz’s 55-person list of Wooden Award watch list snubs. Even after averaging more than 20 points through the first six games of the season — more than any other ACC player — Stoglin has received little national attention. On Sunday evening at the BB&T Classic, the diminutive sophomore guard served notice that he is without question one of the best, most exciting players in the ACC and the nation.
Stoglin lit up the Irish for 31 points (one shy of a career high) on 11-20 shooting, including 3-4 from three-point range. He was “like World B. Free, man,” declared Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, comparing Stoglin to the former NBA player known for his highlight-reel shotmaking abilities. Brey didn’t stop there with his praise-by-flattering-comparison, adding that Stoglin is “like the microwave of College Park,” an apparent reference to former NBA player and offensive sparkplug Vinnie Johnson. Those in the arena on Sunday knew exactly what Brey was talking about. While the box score showed just how many points Stoglin racked up, it didn’t show how and when he did it.