Making the decision to pack up his things and move across country wasn't an easy one for Terrance Ross. After all, the 6-foot-6 wing had won a state championship at Portland (OR) Jefferson and would be a key returning piece. However, after shining with Portland based Team Jones during the summer, some new opportunities arose.
After discussing his options with his mother, Ross decided it would be in his best interest to move across the country for a transfer to mighty Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian.
"Basically they called me after they saw me at the Peach Jam and it was just a better situation," said Ross. "The academics and the basketball are a perfect fit for me."
Long and lean, Ross runs the floor swiftly and is a highlight finisher at the rim thanks to his explosive leaping ability. His jumper is true to beyond the three point line and features a nice high release with a crisp follow through.
Asked to give a self assessment of his strengths and weaknesses, Ross seems to agree with the current scouting report.
"I think my strengths are that I can shoot the three ball and finish in the open court," Ross told Dawgman.com. "I want to improve my mid range game and my handle.
Still wide open in the recruiting process, Ross rattles off a list that covers the entire country. He has interest from pretty much the entire Pac-10, Maryland, Louisville, Kansas, Texas and several others.
Because of his current location on the East Coast, Ross says that he hasn't seen as many coaches in the gym from the Pac-10 as he has from schools in the Mid-Atlantic area this season. However, he's still interested in a potential return home and has kept touch with many programs including Lorenzo Romar's Washington Huskies.
"I've called them a couple of times during the season and we're in touch all the time," said Ross of his relationship with Washington. "They haven't been out to see me here lately, but they say they are coming out in the springtime or summer. They've been recruiting me since before last summer."
For now, Ross is looking to finish up his junior season strong. After that, he'll start to narrow down his list to a smaller group that he's more serious about and then he'll likely look to set up his visits at the end of the summer before making a decision in the fall. "The atmosphere around the program and the style of play," said Ross about what will be most important in his decision. "That's what I'm looking for really."