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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

June 3, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Is Terrence Ross the next big thing at Washington?

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Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
The last time we saw Terrence Ross (above, middle), he came off the bench and dropped 19 points on North Carolina in a NCAA tournament round of 32 game.
In the previous outing, he was scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in 10 minutes of his first NCAA tournament game.
And the week prior, Ross lit up the Pac-10 Tournament. He made his first career start in the three games and averaged 15.3 points, 2.7 rebounds while shooting 52.8% from the field. The freshman was also selected to the five-man All-Pac-10 Tournament team.
Ross certainly finished an inconsistent season on a high note and many believe the 6-foot-6 swingman is poised for a big breakout year next season.
The Arizona Republic believes Ross can be one of the surprise players in the Pac-12 while NBAdraft.net projects him as a 2012 first-round pick.
Still the surest proof Ross might have a short stay at Washington came from Isaiah Thomas, the UW junior who opted for the draft and is forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.
Thomas has long claimed Ross has next-level ability and he did so again the other day.
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Jus got done hoopin @ #UW wit my teammates… Ima tell yall now ur only gonna have Terrance Ross ONE more yr that boy is official!! DG I C Uless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply


Washington lost its top three scorers creating an offensive void that could push Ross into the role of a scorer.
He averaged 8.0 points and shot 44.3 percent from the field last season. He also converted 44 three-pointers, sank 25 of 33 free throws and exceptional at finishing at the rim.
While junior Scott Suggs led UW with a 45.0 three-point field goal percentage and redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox sank a team high 63 treys, Ross is the only returner who has proven he can create his own shot off the dribble.
The ability to take over games, which he did at home against Oregon when he tallied a career-high 25 points and at USC when he pumped in 18, should earn him plenty of minutes on the court. Like many freshmen, he began his UW career as a defensive liability, but steadily improved throughout the season.
There’s a genuine buzz growing this offseason about No. 31. And maybe Thomas is correct when he says the upcoming season may be the last for Ross.


FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s a bit more information on Martin Breunig, the 6-foot-8 German forward who is considering signing with Washington. According to this report, Breunig played mostly at small forward last season at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, but is capable of playing in the post.
— For anyone who didn’t see this, coach Lorenzo Romar commented on Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones who has been playing pickup games with the Huskies on UW’s campus.
Utah lost another player. This time it’s Josh Sharp, a 6-foot-7 forward who missed the past two seasons while serving an LDS mission. Sharp is transferring to in-state rival BYU, which has new Utes coach Larry Krystowiak fired up. That’s eight players who have left Utah Krystkowiak was hired.
— Here’s a look at drawings of the new Pauley Pavilion.
— Forget those initial reports that had former Arizona guard Lamont ‘MoMo’ Jones transferring to St. John’s. NCAA rules prevent him from joining the Red Storm immediately. According to Adam Zagoria, Jones is looking at other schools.
Chris Paul’s ‘CP3 Elite Guard Camp’ has become a must-do event for college basketball’s top guards. Thomas attended the camp last season. This year there’s not a Pac-12 player among the 17 players that made the cut. Former Franklin High star Peyton Siva, a junior at Louisville, will participate in the camp.

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