Meet Terrence Ross
For a consensus top 50 prospect, Terrence Ross took the road less traveled this summer.
Instead of joining other top-ranked players on the AAU circuit, the Maryland shooting guard commitment stayed at Montrose Christian this summer to take classes and work on his game.
Staying out of the spotlight did have its consequences. Some scouting services dropped Ross in their rankings, drawing the ire of many Maryland fans. But for the future Terp, a lower rating couldn’t be less important.
“Probably my freshman to sophomore year [I paid attention to recruiting rankings],” Ross said. “But after my junior year, it didn’t matter to me. I was getting recruited, so it really didn’t matter who was [ranked] better than me. It really didn’t matter.”
Ross did admit to missing the competition aspect of AAU. He played his fair share of pickup ball in College Park with some of his future teammates, which whetted his appetite a bit. Now he’s just counting down the days until his senior season starts.
“It was just pretty quiet,” Ross said of his summer. “[So] I’m really excited [for the high school season] because it’s just like all that hard work I put in, [now] I get to show it off.”
Ross has stayed in close contact with Maryland’s other 2010 commitments, Miller School (Va.) small forward Mychal Parker and Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin. There’s already a strong bond between the Maryland recruits, Ross said.
“Me and Mike are close and me and Terrell are close,” Ross said. “Before we get [to Maryland], we already got a friendship. We’re all pretty close and text each other. … Right now I’m just focused on high school, but in the meantime, I can’t wait to get to Maryland.”
Here’s an introduction to Ross.
Name: Terrence Ross
Birthdate: Feb. 5, 1991
Birthplace: Long Beach, Calif.
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Position: Shooting guard/small forward
High School: Montrose Christian
Junior statistics: 15 points per game
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 43 overall, No. 10 shooting guard. Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 93 overall, No. 21 shooting guard. ESPN.com -- 95 rating, No. 39 overall, No. 8 small forward.
Other schools considered: Louisville, UCLA, Memphis, Oklahoma
Favorite pro basketball player: Joe Johnson
Favorite pro basketball team: None
Favorite all-time Terp: Steve Francis
Favorite music: Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Jay-Z
Favorite book: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Favorite movie: Paranormal Activity
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Statistics
Favorite thing about College Park: “The campus [and] the dorms.”
Hobbies: “Relaxing, hanging out with my friends and working out.”
Intended major: Criminology
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m shy.”
Best basketball moment: “Winning [the] state championship in Portland my sophomore year.”
Role model: “Michael Jordan because he has accomplished a lot of things that I would like to accomplish.”
Why Maryland? “I like the atmosphere and they recruited me the hardest.”