It's a snowy day here in the Puget Sound. So if you are going to the game, make sure you leave early and drive carefully. It's just a basketball game.
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For today's paper, I wrote about Terrence Ross and the push and pull he's experiencing on the basketball court. Obviously, he's immensely talented and has shown the ability to score, But there are times when he doesn't seem quite as assertive as people would like him to be.
But to Ross it's just about winning games. From my story:
Ross understands their pleas. He knows he can be more aggressive.
But there is a time and a place to be more aggressive, and he won’t sacrifice the continuity of the offense or the chemistry of the team to do so.
“I’m not trying to go one-on-one and force iso (isolation) situations, trying to rush things,” he said. “That’s when it gets out of hand. I’m just trying to stay within the framework of the offense. I know they’re trying to create shots for me, and for other players, and I’m just trying to stay patient.”
Other players with his talent wouldn’t have that level of patience. But Ross looks at the game with a level of maturity. You won’t see him calling for the ball or erupting in anger if he doesn’t get touches or shots.
“If it’s going to be hard for a defender to stop me, that’s when I call for the ball,” he said. “I’m never trying to monopolize the ball or ball-hog or anything like that. I’m trying to make sure my team is doing what we need to do to win.”
Forcing shots outside of the offense is not what he believes will be good for the team.
“If I try to do everything by myself or what not, it would just make the team look bad and myself look bad,” he said. “I need to stay within the confines of what the coaches ask and what it takes to be successful and everyrthing will just fall into place for everyone.”Christian Caple of the Spokesman has this game preview with some interesting quotes from Marcus Capers about Tony Wroten and his role on the Huskies.
The mention of Tony Wroten, UW’s freshman point guard and the Pac-12’s second-leading scorer, evokes different reactions among Washington State’s basketball players.
Reggie Moore, a junior who grew up in Seattle and knows Wroten well, offers high praise.
“I’ve always told him he’s my favorite player to watch play,” Moore said.
But Marcus Capers focuses more on the other side of Wroten’s game.
“He’s a good player,” said Capers, a senior guard. “But to me, he’s loose cannon. He does a lot of good stuff, but he turns the ball over a lot.”
Moore and Capers are both right. Wroten, who is recovering from elbow and tailbone injuries but is expected to play today, is one of the better point guards in the country when he’s doing the things that have allowed him to average 17 points per game and make his teammates better – attacking the rim and making passes that most can’t.Here's Tim Booth's game preview which also focuses on Wroten.
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