Greetings, I’m still here. I know the blog has been a little dormant for the past few days. I got roped into covering the MLB draft. But we will try to get it going again with some links posts and some original content.
First of all, a quick reminder to a blog post we had a few weeks ago, but Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten will be participating in the NBA draft combine on Thursday and Friday in Chicago.
You can watch the combine on ESPNU and ESPN3. Coverage starts live at 7 a.m. on both days.
The New Orleans Hornets worked out Ross and several other players yesterday. The Hornets have the first pick and we all know who that will be. But they also have the 10th pick, which was the reason for the workouts.
Chad Ford of ESPN posted his most recent mock draft and has Ross going 15th to the Sixers and Wroten going 23rd to the Hawks.
Fran Fraschilla of ESPN writes that Ross is one of the most undervalued players in this draft. From his blog post…
It’s hard to imagine that a guy who will end up in the lottery is being undervalued, but the Huskies’ Terrence Ross has been for much of the spring. The focus at shooting guard in this draft has been on bigger names from more high-profile programs — no offense, Pac-12 — like Bradley Beal, Jeremy Lamb and Austin Rivers. But Ross, who’s 6-foot-7, has sneaked into the discussion since the end of the season.
That’s a good thing, because although Ross, in my mind, will end up being more Robin than Batman — a solid starter but not a star — he has attributes that translate to getting on the court early in his NBA career. Like Lamb, Ross has prototypical NBA size and athleticism for a shooting guard. He can knock down shots in catch-and-shoot situations — he shot 37 percent behind the college arc — and can create a good shot on his own. He also uses his athleticism to rebound very well for a guard.
Where Ross’ potential really excites me is on defense. The Washington coaching staff described him to me as a playmaking defender who had a knack for blocks, steals and stops at key points in games. His physical attributes combined with a good defensive IQ give him some advantages over others at his position. He could guard the best NBA perimeter scorers in time, and that should endear him to his future team.
Ross’ 200-pound frame and Olive Oyl upper body are a concern, but that’s not unusual for a young player. Ultimately, they should be rectified with time and maturity. When they do, Ross is likely to be in the league for a while.
SB Nation has this updated profile with video of UW hoops prized recruit Jabari Bird.
Quick reminder that Husky QB recruit Troy Williams out of Narbonne, Calif., will announce his commitment to either UW or Arizona on Friday.
Top safety recruit Su’a Cravens is expected to commit to USC. Also QB Jesse Scroggins is going to transfer