Commitment Impact - Terrence Ross

It would seem that University of Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar has identified a sweet spot in his recruiting strategy: The Huskies have become a coveted destination for a specific style of guard – and Terrence Ross fits the mold perfectly.

Standing 6-foot-6 inches tall, the Portland, Ore. native is best known for his sensational 3-point range, but has developed into a multi-dimensional scoring threat on the wing. Ross has a ton of upside. The bouncy Jefferson High School senior plays loose and displays a natural feel for the game. Like most Washington recruits, he's a phenomenal athlete, capable of playing above the rim and finishing the break in spectacular fashion. While his handle needs refinement, Ross gives the Huskies another dangerous perimeter scoring threat who will compete for minutes in the rotation immediately.

Don't be fooled by his surprisingly low recruiting rankings from the network: Most recruiting publications have Ross ranked as one of the top-50 players in the country – some as high as 30 - and he'll take a huge jump when Scout does their final 2010 rankings later this spring. After originally committing to Maryland, he was heavily recruited by Kansas and Kentucky before eventually picking the Huskies, which should tell you what people thought of Ross nationally. The kid can play.

Defensively, the raw tools are there to be an excellent defender in time, though he's got a lot of work to do near-term. He's long with a fairly mature frame, and he should ultimately be able to guard the two-through-four positions in the Pac-10. In fact, it will be his improvement on the defensive end that will likely dictate how much he plays next season. Adapting to Romar's physical defensive style takes time, and some players acclimate faster than others. While Ross has all of the physical tools, most freshman enter the UW system lacking a full grasp of the of the commitment they'll need to make on the defensive end before they earn significant playing time.

It's much too soon to speculate on how the guard rotation will now shake out in the winter. Ross is expected to compete with RS-frosh C.J. Wilcox and junior Scott Suggs for a scoring role off the bench. Those three players give the Washington coaching staff flexibility against the zone and should dramatically improve their ability to spread the floor and improve spacing, which was a bugaboo at times last season.

Regardless of his role as a true freshman, Ross has an extraordinary future with the Huskies. His long-term potential is sky-high: It's no stretch to project him as an All-Conference performer or better before his career at Washington is finished. Top Stories