The Maryland Terrapin Basketball program received a huge commitment last week when in-state stud Terrence Ross gave his declaration to the Terps. Ross, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard from Montrose Christian is a 4-star recruit, according to Scout. Ross chose Maryland over Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas, and UCLA, among many others that were showing him a lot of interest.
This weekend Ross participated in the I-95 Challenge at the St. Francis Academy. Ross played on the DC team along with Terp targets Hippolyte Tsafack, Mychal Parker and Victor Oladipo. Hippo and Oladipo were unable to mkae it last minute but woudl have added to an already talented DC team. This was the first chance for most Terp fans to see Terrence in action, and he was going against very formidable competition. On the Baltimore squad were Terp targets Will Barton and Roscoe Smith, along with C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and Eric Atkins (Notre Dame).
Ross was named DC MVP even though his team lost. He finished the night with 15 points on 7-13 shooting with five dunks.
TSR's Tyler Radecki caught up with Terrence after his performance and asked him what he thought of his play.
"I didn't expect it to be like this, you always want to play well, it was fun. The competition was great. I wish every game could just be like this game."
Ross said the biggest reasons for his commitments were, "the crowd, the arena, and the coaching staff."
"Coach Williams said that I could make a major impact as a freshman, and I could start if I really worked hard and really play my first year."
As demonstrated by his performance Saturday, Terp fans expect Ross to bring excitement, scoring and defense next year when he comes in.
In a game full of big names, Ross said that he is going to try to work on convincing a few of them to join him in 2010 at College Park. "I am going to be talking to some of the guys, like Quinn Cook, Mychal Parker, and Tyler Hubbard."
Ross still has some unfinished business at Montrose Christian that he wants to take care of before he steps onto the Comcast Center hardwood. "I want to win a national championship with my team as a senior."
Ross said one of the things he is looking forward to most is just being in college. Well Terrence, we are looking forward to that as well.