Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross had a solid two games in New York City last week. And Jonathan Givony talked to some NBA scouts about Ross.
Virtually every team in the NBA was represented at one of these contests, making this an outstanding opportunity to showcase his talent, with the games being broadcasted nationally on ESPN and CBS.
Ross was not considered an elite-level recruit coming out of high school. In fact, he wasn’t even the best player on his own team back then—that honor went to Kentucky’s Terrence Jones. But his stature has slowly grown, to the point that NBA scouts are now talking about him as a legitimate lottery prospect.
Spend time around those scouts, as I did at MSG, and you’ll quickly learn what they like about him. “He’s a special athlete,” said one. “Everything comes so easy for him,” another opined. “He’s just scratching the surface of how good he can be,” a third gushed. After plays like this , who can blame them.
Ross didn’t want to discuss any of this as his week in New York came to a close, deflecting questions about his individual performance. “It was great for our program to get this type of exposure,” he told us after the Duke game “but not being able to get a win in either game was heartbreaking for me.”
His final tally in New York: 35 points (16-31 FG), 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 steals in 65 minutes of action. Excluding his very poor first half against Duke, including two air-balls he attributes to “the bright lights,” he showed his talent pretty clearly.I tweeted this earlier, but I sat next to an NBA scout from the Wizards in Reno, who flew there specifically to see Ross. The same scout also went to NYC. He loved Ross' athleticism, ability to shoot off the dribble and the way he finishes. He had high praise for CJ Wilcox, saying he and Ross were the team's two best players. The same scout, who was also an interim NBA head coach, seemed incredulous at the idea of Tony Wroten turning pro after one season, saying that Wroten had all the physical tools but needed to understand how to play the game.
NBA Draft Express has Ross listed as the 13th best basketball prospect in the country and Wroten at 55th.
David Thorpe had this blog post from the UW-Marquette game on the ESPN draft blog ... insider subscription required.
From the post ...
Ross does a great job of squaring his body after slashing toward the rim before taking a jumper. But he seems to prefer taking the jumper over going straight to the basket. This limits his value as an overall scorer. It's an interesting thing because he likes banging around to gain offensive rebounds. Perhaps he'll dribble-attack more if his overall ball skills improve. Not taking that final angle to the rim cost him free throw opportunities; he finished the game with no attempts.
When Wroten slowed down, he looked better, and he was at his best looking for his own buckets. Great passers have to learn to be a little selfish first. Once they show scoring ability, help defenders start reacting to them more, which opens up the passing lanes to teammates.
He has a terrific feel for slithering to the rim for buckets. Wroten has no idea how to play basketball, but has a great idea how to score and see the floor. Once he learns to read and think the game, his talent can grow to enormous heights.