Terrence Ross – The NBA rookie sensation
I was watching tonight the NBA rookie Terrence Ross having a career high for the Toronto Raptors. Amazing to see the drive and motivation for this young NBA player who has a great chance to make a name for himself in Toronto.
Playing as a Guard, Terrence Ross doesn’t have an impressive physical : Height: 6-6 ▪ Weight: 195 lbs.
He is born on February 5, 1991 in Portland, Oregon and went to the Jefferson High School in Jeffereson , Oregon. His college career continued at University of Washington.
In Ross’ freshman season, he averaged 8.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. He was named Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshman. Ross was also named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team after averaging 15.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the Pac-10 Tournament.
In Ross’ sophomore season, he averaged 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. This was good enough for Ross to be named to the First Team All-Pac-12.
Washington made it to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament in Ross’ sophomore season, but then lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In the NIT, Ross averaged 25 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. On April 1, 2012 Ross decided to enter his name in the 2012 NBA Draft.
His impressive numbers (16-6-1.4, 1.3 STLS, 1 BLK, 46-77-37 percentages) were good enough for Ross to lead the team in scoring, accumulate the third-most assists and finish second is every other significant category except field goal percentage.
Ross is a prototypical shooting guard prospect. He has adequate size, athleticism and shooting ability to be an exceptionally well-rounded player. His set of skills could allow him to become one of the game’s most versatile 2 guards.
His field goal percentage wasn’t great, but considering about 40 percent of his attempts were from beyond the arc, it’s understandable. Ross took a high volume of threes—5.5 a game—shooting a respectable 37 percent. Ross has excellent range on his jumper, and should score easily from the perimeter in the NBA given time.
Ross was projected to go anywhere from 10-18, and Toronto picked him with the eighth pick.
Toronto needed a good perimeter shooter and that is exactly what they got. Ross was the best player the Raptors could have picked.
Ross, Bradley Beal and John Jenkins were the best shooters in the 2012 draft, and Ross was the best shooting guard available after Beal.
Not only is Ross a great shooter, but defense is another big part of his game. He is a very good on-ball and perimeter defender, which are other things that Toronto needs.
Coming from the bench , Ross started slowly but he proved to be the spark that Toronto needed.
On a tough game agaisnt ORlando back in Dec, Ross played the entire fourth quarter, in a win that sent the Raptors into their Christmas break on a five-game winning streak, a reward for his best game of the season.
“He’s earning every second he’s on the floor, mainly on the defensive end,” said D Casey – the Raptor’s coach. “We’re not developing Terrence Ross, he’s earning every minute of it and if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be out there.”
On Jan 2nd, Terrence Ross poured in a career-high 26 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half, to lead the Raptors 102-79 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, the eighth victory in nine games for Toronto. The rookie drained six three-pointers, including the buzzer-beater that brought the crowd to its feet and saw him fall over backwards as he watched the ball fall through the hoop.
Ross’ development is very important and instrumental to the Raptors development this year.
He has already shown the ability to guard some quicker players and with his length and reach, should be able to guard taller SG and SF. We’ve also seen that his shooting, as reported, is quite smooth. Having the ability to kick out the ball from the paint to someone who can shoot it from the perimeter is already helping the Raptors.
So far in the season, after only 29 games , T Ross is showing some consistent minutes as a part of the Raptors rotation. Here is his NBA stats snap :
Looks like a promising year for T Ross and I will keep an eye on this young gun . If you’re watching our NBA tips, you know that some of our picks are going on the NBA underdog Toronto Raptors . You can also follow Terrence Ross on Twitter