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April 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Terrence Ross on Tony Wroten: “We talked about doing what’s best for us”

Terrence Ross addressed the local media Sunday during a teleconference to talk about his decision to leave Washington and declare for the the NBA draft.
He said he’ll miss the Dawg Pack, the UW fans and his teammates.
Ross spoke to former Oregon star Fred Jones and Jamal Crawford to get a feel for the NBA lifestyle, but mostly relied on his parents – especially his mother – to help with his decision.
Ross said he received feedback from the NBA that he’s considered a mid-first round and believes he can improve his draft stock during workouts.
And Ross said he spoke to freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr., who is also considering leaving UW and declaring for the draft.
When asked about Wroten, Ross said: “I’ve talked to him about it a few times. When it comes down to it, we talked about doing what’s best for us and see how the situation plays out. I think that we both are really going to do what’s best for us. I think it’s going to affect him in a way. I’m not sure how. It’s really all up to him and his family to see what’s best for Tony.”
Here’s the full transcript thanks to Chris Fetters and the guys at

(When did you make your decision?) “I’m not really sure because I thought a lot of different things and I really wasn’t trying to pay attention to that during the season. Not until just recently I got some information from the league committee and I just sat down with my parents and talked to them about the best decision for me. … We just tried to figure it out.”
(What did the committee say?) “I heard everything from top 10 to late lottery to late first round.”
(Is that what you needed to hear or was there?) “I don’t think there was any type of magic formula. I just think that it was a good idea to come out this year and thinking that with the way I’m playing now it can only get better.”
(What have your discussions been like with coach Lorenzo Romar?) “Coach Romar has been really supportive throughout this entire time.”
(Did you have an opinion about turning pro before the season?) “Not really. I just based it on my season this year and based it on my performance and my maturity level to see if I was ready to go and end my career. I really just took it day by day.”
(What’s the next step for you?) “It’s still coming together right now, but right now I’m going to work with my trainer. I might go to LA because I know some people there. And if not, I’ll be working out here.”
(Did you think the NIT was a platform to launch your NBA career?) “I know playing in either the NCAA (tournament) or the NIT tournament it was going to be a great opportunity for everybody on the team, including myself. Playing against other players that your really don’t normally go up against or any other teams that you don’t go up against, I think it gives you more of an opportunity to really show what you can do against different types of defenses. You can see how people play you different. I think it was a great opportunity to go out there and show everyone all the stuff they haven’t seen during the regular season.”
(Did you consciously try to take on a bigger role in the NIT?) “I think I just did what I do normally to help the team be successful. I don’t think I was going into it with that type of mindset. I was thinking we’re still playing for a championship. We’re still in the tournament so make the best of it. Go out there with the right mindset and everything will take care of itself.”
(What do you think about your chances of being able to make an impact as a rookie?) “I think wherever get drafted to, I’m guessing there’s going to already be somebody (there) at my position. So I’m going to go in with the right mindset. Working hard. Putting in the extra work just like I did here and good thing will happen to me with all the work I put in. So I’m looking to be an impact player my first year
(Did making another run at the NCAA tournament play a role in your decision?) “A lot. I think that getting to another NCAA tournament, it puts you up against the best competition and the best prospects and shows scouts and teams what you can do and how consistent you are when it comes to big games. Just getting back to the NIT or the (NCAA) tournament is a really big deal for anybody that’s trying to make a name for themselves.”
(Is there anything that can happen that would make you pull your name out of the draft?) “I’m all in right now. I don’t think there’s anything that can make me change my decision. I’ve thought about this really hard and took a lot of time. I talked to my family about what would be best. I think I’ve made the right decision and I don’t think I’m going to change it.”
(Have you talked to Wroten and do you have any idea how your decision my affect his decision?) “I’ve talked to him about it a few times. When it comes down to it, we talked about doing what’s best for us and see how the situation plays out. I think that we both are really going to do what’s best for us. I think it’s going to affect him in a way. I’m not sure how. It’s really all up to him and his family to see what’s best for Tony.”
(What was the conversation like with your family?) “My family is really supportive. It’s always been a lifelong dream for me. I think they were just more understanding than anything. They knew all the pros and cons and they constantly asked me about if I’m ready for this and where my head is at. I think that was the biggest thing – figuring out where my head was at and just to make sure I’m thinking everything through and not rushing anything because I’m anxious. … They really helped put a lot of things in perspective to make me get to this decision.”
(How much do you know about the NBA lifestyle and the grind of the league?) “I’ve talked to a lot of guys in the league. I haven’t talked to Isaiah as much, but I’ve talked to other guys like Fred Jones and Jamal (Crawford) and those guys. They gave me all the insight, what it’s like to be an NBA player and what it takes – all the pressure. I think I’m ready for this. It’s something that I’ve matured the last two years being in college. I’m going to have a good supportive group around me when it comes to my family and close friends. So I think I’m ready for this. I’m just ready to face whatever they give me.”
(What are you looking to do with the trainer?) “It’s going to be a guard specialist. So he knows how to work with guards in my area. That’s the biggest thing, just getting stronger, putting weight on. That’s basically it.”
(When did you get comfortable with the idea of playing in the NBA?) “I don’t think there was anything I was uncomfortable with. I knew that the day would come eventually if I wanted to do this and I had mentally prepared myself to take on this challenge and not trying to be overwhelmed by this entire process. It’s a really big thing for me. Like I said my mom has been helping me get my head on straight. I think that I’m ready for this. I’ve been thinking about this for probably the last month or so. I’ve been really just getting my head around it so it’s not too much of a shock.”
(How do you look at the gamble of leaving now versus coming back?) “I’ve thought about that possibility, but I feel like with this draft there’s a lot of players that are in a really good spot. I feel like I’ve put myself in a really good position. But at the same time, I thought about (what it would be like if I came back) not just myself, but with the team and where I fit in. I really thought it would be a good opportunity for me to come out now.”
(Did you receive multiple opinions or one opinion on where you might drafted?) “I really think that with the range I heard a lot of different things from guys who got really good insight. My mother she has some connections and she’s been networking. I think with coach Romar I really get a strong opinion on where I’m at. I think I know where I’ll be placed at. I think that really did it for me and put everything into perspective. That’s the reason why.”
(So do you think you’ll at least be a middle first-round pick?) “Yeah.”
(Was there a particular factor in returning that was difficult to pass up?) “I think (saying goodbye) to the Dawg Pack. I think the fans and UW has one of the best crowds and just arenas in the country. I think that’s the hardest thing to pass up. Playing for coach Romar has been a blessing. He’s been a father figure to me and a mentor. I think it’s just my teammates. I love my team. All of the memories I have and share with them, that’s going to be the hardest thing to pass up.”



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