Terrence Ross got to show off his basketball talent in two different states during his high school years but he left his mark on both teams. In his first school, Jefferson High School in Portland, he helped lead them to a State Championship after only being on the team for two seasons. Because of his talent, he was rewarded with Oregon 5A Player of the Year which was a nice way to be remembered before his family moved to Maryland. In his junior year, Ross started at his new school, Montrose Christian High School where he was named first team All-Metro after one season. Sadly, Ross was unable to play his final year of high school because he transferred back to Jefferson High School too late as a transfer student. Despite this setback, he was still considered a four-star recruit and would go on to play for the University of Washington.
While not as explosive his freshman year as people expected, Terrence Ross still made a name for himself early. He earned honorable mention on PAC-10 All-Freshman team but made waves in the 2011 PAC-10 Tournament where he averaged 15.3 point and 2.7 rebounds earning him a spot on the PAC-10 All-Tournament Team. With his star status in the NCAA rising, Ross exploded his sophomore year to have a phenomenal season. He was averaging 16.4 points, 1.3 steals, 1.4 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 45.7% field goal percentage, and 31.1 minutes per game. The increase in playing time may have accompanied his sudden rise in statistics since he was only averaging 17.4 minutes per game the season before and almost all of his other numbers were nearly doubled. After a great sophomore season, Ross was named First Team All-PAC-12 as well as ranked fourth in points, sixth in rebounds, and thirteenth in blocks. It came as no surprise when he opted to forgo his final two years of college to enter the draft early in hopes of capitalizing on his excellent year.
In the 2012 NBA Draft, Terrence Ross was chosen in the first round by the Toronto Raptors with their eighth pick. His first season with the Raptors he was still getting his footing which meant his numbers weren’t as high as expected. However he did win that year’s Sprite Slam Dunk Contest against Utah Jazz’s Jeremy Evans. After a year of improvements, Toronto chose to extend his contract and keep him for another two years. In a game against the Clippers, Ross scored 51 points (30 of them were from 3 pointers) which tied Vince Carter’s franchise record of most points scored in a game. It also made him the first NBA player to score over fifty points in a game but average less than ten (by the end of that season Ross was averaging 10.9). Throughout his next few years in the NBA, Ross would sporadically have massive games but was designated to be more of a bench player who consistently could play well against tough teams.
At only twenty-six years old, Terrence Ross is a good grab in the NBA. He has experience under his belt, a dedication to the sport of basketball, and team loyalty. Yesterday, Toronto officially traded Ross to the Orlando Magic after having him for five years. It will be a big change for him, but he will have more opportunities to shine on this growing Magic team. Ross’s move is accompanied by a first-round pick and even more hope that Orlando is at the beginning of their upswing.