Where does Ross fit best?
While Terrence Ross (Portland, Ore./Jefferson) is keeping his recruitment close to the vest, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington are the likely favorites. Here's a look at what all five programs have to offer this athletic wing with NBA range.
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 180 | ESPNU 100: 26 | SF rank: 5
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 180 | ESPNU 100: 26 | SF rank: 5
|Those familiar with Bill Self know that he likes his teams to run at a frenetic pace and preferably score in the eighties. If the Jayhawks don't score in transition then they'll rotate into an offense predicated on playing inside-out -- taking advantage of their collection of outstanding 3-point shooters.||In all likelihood, Xavier Henry will test the NBA waters, so Ross could easily fill that void. He has the length and quickness to be an outstanding defender and he possesses the overall athleticism to get out in transition. In the half-court set Ross could float around the 3-point stripe.||Kansas' program has fed the NBA with players of all positions through the years. Although Self has coached some outstanding guards recently (Deron Williams and Mario Chalmers), the Jayhawks are one of the few programs around the country that can consistently bring in elite talent.||Portland, Ore., is far from Lawrence, Kansas, however, there are a couple of factors that favor the Jayhawks. First, Ross has already been away from home when he left to play for Montrose Christian in Maryland. Secondly, the Kansas program has had many success stories cherry picking talent from the West Coast.|
|Under coach Jeff Capel, the Sooners play an aggressive style at both ends of the floor. Capel has definitely been influenced by his tenure as a player at Duke because the Sooners love to push the ball in transition or evolve into their motion offense that plays to their strengths.||Willie Warren and possibly Keith "Tiny" Gallon could head to the NBA, so Capel will need an impact scorer. Ross is a prototypical 3-man with an extraordinary shooting touch. Plus, if Tommy Mason-Griffin decides to stay, he should help Ross get acclimated to the college level.||Oklahoma isn't known for producing NBA-caliber players, but with the development of Blake Griffin, there is tangible evidence that Capel will focus on getting the most out of his best player. However, Ross doesn't excel (yet) at getting his own shot and needs to keep defenses honest.||Distance remains a factor and Norman, Okla., is many miles away from Portland, Ore. However, with the possibility of early playing time and a bevy of touches on the offensive end, the situation looks bright for Ross to have an early impact.|
|Under the guidance of John Calipari, the Wildcats play a frenetic open-court style at both ends of the floor to overwhelm their opponents. In the half-court set they are more than willing to get everyone involved, utilizing their dribble-drive offense and spacing.||In all likelihood, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and John Wall are heading to the NBA, so Kentucky needs scoring. Ross thrives playing in the open court, has good athleticism and a shooting touch to garner immediate playing time. Defensively, he has the length and lateral quickness to potentially be a lock-down defender.||There is no question that Calipari has an excellent track record of collecting top-notch talent. Both at Memphis (Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans) and now at Kentucky (Wall and Cousins), Calipari has shown he can lure the best.||Kentucky has as much tradition and prestige as any program in college basketball. In addition, Ross knows that Calipari isn't afraid to give major minutes to his newcomers. With Calipari at the helm, making Final Four appearances is always a possibility.|
|As previously mentioned in the Terrence Jones story, Oregon is the most difficult scenario to project for Ross because at this stage of the college season, Ernie Kent's tenure as Oregon's head coach is tenuous at best. Under the direction of Kent, the Ducks run a guard-driven offense that is frenetic.||The Ducks have been a guard-dominated offense under Kent's guidance. With the graduation of Tajuan Porter, Oregon doesn't have anybody with the immense scoring potential of Ross. The Ducks do have another terrific jump shooter in Drew Wiley, but he doesn't have the quickness or bounce of Ross.||Oregon hasn't been exactly a pipeline for sending players to the NBA on a consistent basis, but the Ducks have had a couple of success stories, including Luke Ridnour and Aaron Brooks. However, look for that to change in the future as they unveil their new facility and potentially a new coach come spring.||The Ducks certainly have location in their favor and a new state-of-the-art facility is on the way, so what better way campaign the next generation of Oregon Ducks basketball than to add the prodigal son in Ross who was an Oregon resident until his junior year.|
|Not too many programs get up and down at both ends more than Lorenzo Romar's program. Their relentless pace and defensive pressure force turnovers, leading to transition baskets. In addition, much of their offense is predicated on their guards and their ability to create offense.||Although they have a guard-driven offense, their wings get plenty of open looks out on the perimeter, specifically in transition. Washington does have a couple of solid shooters in Scott Suggs and Elston Turner Jr., however, neither of them have Ross' combination of length, athleticism and unlimited range.||During Romar's tenure, Washington has put a few players -- Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes and Brandon Roy come immediately to mind -- in the NBA. Romar gives maximum freedom to his players and Ross, with improvement in his midrange, face-up game, has the potential to be an NBA player someday.||Location shouldn't be much of a factor because Seattle is relatively close to Portland. In addition, Romar is one of the great recruiters and mentors in the college ranks and most kids appear to be drawn to playing for a coach who exemplifies those qualities.|
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