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October 11, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Terrence Ross on Terrence Jones: “We’re still brothers”

In Part II of the Terrence Ross interview, the Washington freshman (above, left) talks about the strengths and weaknesses of his game. He said compliments from Isaiah Thomas drove him to the gym and I had to ask him about Terrence Jones (above, right).
(Your teammates are impressed with your athleticism, but it seems the older guys tend to get the better of you because as you said, they do things that veterans do. How can you compensate for your inexperience?)

“Yeah they do know the little tricks because they’ve been in the system longer. When I learn the system, it’s just going to come with time. I’ll know what they do and I’ll know what capable of doing. And I’ll know the same tricks too. It’s just getting used to it. They still beat me off that. I’m getting used to some things, but they still have some tricks that I haven’t seen yet so they still have that edge on me.”
(How old are you?) “Nineteen.”
(It would seem, the more you play, the longer you’re in the system, the more comfortable you’ll be.) “I hope so.”
(Your teammates say they’re amazed by your athleticism, especially the tip dunks in traffic.) “I don’t really go for tip dunks. I go for the rebound. I just always want to be the first person to the rebound whether it’s off the rim or on the floor. If it’s close to the rim, I usually try to go get it. I don’t always show them that because the first couple of tip dunks I got this year, they were like oh maybe he just got lucky. Then I started getting more, then they started boxing me out and it got harder to get them. I just try to be the first one to the ball.”
(Isaiah Thomas gave you a really nice compliment and said things just come easy for you. What did he mean by that?) “I’ve had coaches and trainers and a lot of people saying that to me since I was young. It (doesn’t) come easy to me, but it looks like I’m not going as hard as I can go. But I’m always going as hard as I can go, I just don’t really show it. It’s something that (does) come easy, but I feel l work at it and it’s real hard sometimes. But I’m getting used to it. It might look like it’s coming easy, but I’m working at it.”
(What position will you play?) “I’m not sure yet, but I’m thinking the 2 or 3.”
(How are you on the court with Thomas and Holiday?) “Guys like Isaiah and Justin, they’re leaders on the team so they’ll you where you need to be and they’ll tell you what you need to do. I’ve been just paying close attention to what they tell me and other guys. I know what they’re telling me is what the coaches are going tell me. They’re used to the system.”
(Who have you been paired against during the open runs?) “I’ve been guarding everybody from Darnell (Gant) to the guards.”
(After playing with the guys for awhile, what’s your best attribute and what’s your weakest?) “Right now I would say my weakest is defense and trying to guard coming off screens. My best is either rebounding or shooting.”
(How is your ball handling?) “It’s a lot better. I haven’t had anybody rip me or just embarrass me that way. I would definitely think I’m a lot better.”
(You mentioned Terrence Jones earlier, how is he doing?) “I heard he’s doing pretty good. I was supposed to go down (last) weekend to see him because everybody is going home, but I (had) a little school work to do.”
(If UW plays Kentucky, you anxious for that game?) “Yeah.”
(That’s it?) “We got to focus on the games ahead of us and get better so we can get to that game. We got to take it step by step, one step at a time.”
(We haven’t really talked since the press conference. Now that some time has passed, as you look back on all of that, what happened?) “Everything worked out for the best. He’s in a good position. I’m in a good position. It’s no hard feelings. We’re still brothers. We still talk all the time. We both had to do what we had to do.”
(Did you guys resolve things immediately or did it take some time?) “We’ve been close for a long time so all of this has never really gotten in the way of us being friends. We would have arguments about why we think we should go here or wherever, but after we’re done with that we’ll go chill at each other’s house or go hang out with some friends or do whatever.”
(The only reason I ask is because on the day of the decision, you were ecstatic and talked joyfully about playing with Jones at Washington. I can only imagine how you felt days later.) “After he announced that he was coming to Washington, I was like yeah. Then all of sudden, I left the gym and I was like hold up I’m having second thoughts about what he’s going to do. It wasn’t too surprising. I was kind of shocked a little bit, but things happen for a reason.”
(I hear from other folks that you could be a one-and-done guy, but what do you think?) “All four years. My main goal is to get an education so I have something to fall back on. So for me, just take it step by step. I haven’t really been thinking about it much. I’ve been thinking about this school and staying on top of things and getting used to this program.”
(When you hear Thomas say you’re an NBA player, how does that hit you?) “It’s a great compliment. It humbles you. It doesn’t make me think okay I’m a NBA player so I got it made and I can go out there and do whatever. It makes me work that much more. Every time somebody creates hype, it just makes me want to work so I can live up to it. Every time I hear something like that it just me want to work and when I heard that I came here 10 minutes later, got the ball and just started shooting. Just started working out.”
(How did you hear about it?) “Somebody told me, then I looked up the article and I was reading it.”
(And 10 minutes later you were in the gym?) “I was in the locker room. I read it. I got the ball, came into the gym, put the gun up and just started shooting. That’s what things like that do to me.”
(What’s your major?) “I’m still undecided.”
(Are you excited for the first practice?) “Yeah. I’m excited, nervous and a little bit scared. I’m just ready for the real college experience to start kicking in.”



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