After a slight mishap with my laptop I’m back for more draft updates. Today’s report will focus on Washington sophomore Terrence Ross. Ross, a 6′ 7″ guard/forward combo, started his collegiate career coming off the bench for what was thought to be a deep Washington team. He ended up being the second leading scorer on the team averaging 16.4 points a game this season. Ross also managed to use his height and positioning skills to grab 6.4 rebounds per contest.
The big tool Ross possesses is his ability to catch and shoot the ball with ease. He has a quick release and rarely gets blocked. With his feet set and his body square to the basket he is one of the deadliest shooters in the draft. The downside to his offensive ability is his ball handling and aggressiveness. This is evidenced by him not even attempting 3 free throws per game in addition to a meager 1.4 assist average and 2 turnovers per game. The most movement he does without the ball is coming off the screen and doing a catch and shoot, and he doesn’t excel in isolation situations.
On the defensive end, Ross uses his great speed and length in order to cause problems for his opponents. He will at least average a steal a game at the NBA level, and his length will allow him to block a couple shots from time to time. Some argue it is where he improved most from season to season, and he has no problem guarding the other team’s best perimeter scorer. In the post he can use his height and length to disrupt shots, but at 197 pounds, has problems going up against bigger small forwards. It wouldn’t hurt him to add a couple pounds of muscle over the summer.
As for how he would fit in with the team, I believe it’s a slightly risky pick. Scouts and writers have compared him to Wesley Johnson (yikes!), and his confidence could take a hit if he doesn’t get off to a good NBA start. Still, this team is in need of a good perimeter scorer (a shooter in particular) who is also growing defensively. At #18, not too many people would gripe over this pick. In the lottery? Most fans would go crazy.
Next up: Quincy Miller, Baylor.