Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the college season has been Terrence Ross’s play and meteoric rise up NBA draft boards. After pulling out of the draft last year where he would have likely been a 2nd round pick, Ross has now put himself in a position to be selected in the lottery if he should come out for the 2012 draft.
Offensively, the best part of his game is his aggressive nature, which also haunts him in shot selection sometimes, and very good shot. Ross has good range and shoots the ball well from deep. With that said, his ball-handling skills still need to be developed and he should get to the line more considering how athletic he is. He does have the athletic ability to be an effective slasher but right now is more of a jump-shooter. His athletic ability shines through when he gets close to the rim, as he’s a very good shooter.
Defensively, Ross has all the tools to be a very good defender. His length, athleticism and quickness make him capable of being a good defender as long as he keeps the effort up. He will need to improve on his build, which could hinder him versus larger swingmen. For his wing position, Ross is an excellent rebounder.
Ross has done as good of job of anyone at raising his stock and has shown continued development, which is what NBA executives want to see. If he can improve his ability to create his own shot, he can be a very good scorer in the NBA because of his physical tools and range on his shot.
Rank 19th Overall (4th SG)
Projection Late lottery/Mid-1st round pick
Strengths Very good range on shot
Weaknesses Needs to add weight
Ball-handling needs to improve