BY SPNW Staff 03:41PM 04/01/2012

No April 1 Joke: Husky Terrence Ross Headed To NBA

Sophomore guard and Washington’s leading scorer said he’s ready for the NBA draft; the wait is on for teammate Tony Wroten’s decision.

Terrence Ross, Washington's leading scorer, decided to take his game to the NBA. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

This is no April Fool’s joke: Terrence Ross, the leading scorer (16.4 ppg) for the University of Washington basketball team this past season, will depart the Huskies and make himself available for the 2012 NBA draft. The 6-foot-5 Ross, a sophomore and a native of Portland, is expected to be selected in the middle of the first round.

Washington has one other first-round candidate, freshman guard Tony Wroten, who  hasn’t indicated what his immediate future holds.

Ross, who led the Huskies with 21 points in their season-ending loss to Minnesota in the National Invitation Tournament last week, made first-team All-Pac-12, as did Wroten.

Ross averaged a UW-leading 23.6 points per game during the Huskies’ three NIT games. In addition to finishing fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring, he finished sixth in rebounding, one of just two conference players to finish in the top 10 in both categories. He also ranked among the Pac-12′s best in steals and 3-pointers made.

Ross, the Pac-12 Player of the Week Jan. 16, scored 20 or more points in a game eight times, with a high of 32 in Washington’s NIT victory over Northwestern.

“We wish Terrence the best,” Husky coach Lorenzo Romar said from New Orleans, where he is taking part in the annual coaches’ events at the Final Four. “He was refreshing to coach because of his humility and team-first attitude. We wish him well and anticipate that he will have an excellent NBA career.”


YourThoughts

  • Bill

    The NBA can’t possibly absorb all the players who leave college early … Could you write something about what happens to these young men when their pro dreams aren’t realized?

  • Bill

    The NBA can’t possibly absorb all the players who leave college early … Could you write something about what happens to these young men when their pro dreams aren’t realized?

  • RadioGuy

    I can write something about what happens to players who come out of school early for the draft before they’re ready, and I can do it in two words:  Mark Sanford.

    Good luck to Terrence Ross, who sounds like a decent guy, but it’s not going to be an easy transition to the NBA after being a 6’5″ college forward for two years.

  • RadioGuy

    I can write something about what happens to players who come out of school early for the draft before they’re ready, and I can do it in two words:  Mark Sanford.

    Good luck to Terrence Ross, who sounds like a decent guy, but it’s not going to be an easy transition to the NBA after being a 6’5″ college forward for two years.

  • RadioGuy

    So maybe the appropriate comment on the M’s early season might be that “the first days are the hardest days…”

    • Jamo57

      Or,

      ‘Goin home, goin home
      By the waterside I will rest my bones’

  • Artthiel

     Jackson deserves Seattle’s respect for putting up with an awkward, post-lockout transition where he knew he was a placeholder. Good dude.