Playing for the Washington Huskies for his college career, Terrence Ross never got much attention going into the NBA draft as a top prospect of even a possible top 10 pick. The Toronto Raptors shocked the world by taking Ross with the eighth overall pick, and while it was a bold move, it is a move that will pay off.
Despite being drafted eighth overall, Ross hasn’t gotten nearly as much media attention as players drafted before him–or as much as some drafted later, such as Austin Rivers. People don’t see Ross as a legit prospect despite the fact that Ross is probably the most well rounded player coming out of the draft. Ross is extremely athletic, a dead-eye shooter and a very solid defender. He can really do it all and will do wonders for this Raptor squad as his game progresses.
Believe it or not, the majority of Raptor fans overlook Ross as well. With the arrival of long-awaited top prospect Jonas Valanciunas and point guard Kyle Lowry, Ross’ addition to the team seems to be forgotten.However, as the season gets underway, Ross will win the hearts of fans and coaches due to his high energy, gritty, exciting play. Bryan Colangelo and Dwane Casey knew what they were getting by taking Ross and it’s only a matter of time before others pick up on this as well.
In his first preseason contest, Ross played fairly well, scoring 10 points in just over 20 minutes.
Ross will compete with DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields and Linas Kleiza for the majority of the minutes at the swingman position, but expect Ross to average around 25 minutes a game in his rookie campaign.
It’s only a matter of time before Ross is taken seriously. When it’s all said and done, Ross’ name will appear quite often on the rookie ladder along with Valanciunas and he should become a constant contributor for a revamped Toronto Raptors squad.
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