In a release sent out by the University of Washington, sophomore forward Terrence Ross has decided to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the 2012 NBA Draft.
Ross led the Huskies in scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game, and he was second on the team in rebounds, steals, blocks and 3-point percentage, helping lead Washington to a 24-11 record and a Pac-12 regular season title.
During Washington’s four games in the Postseason NIT Ross averaged 25.0 points per game, and his play during the regular season earned the Portland native First Team All-Pac-12 honors.
“I discussed the pros and the cons with my family and I just think this is a great step for me and it’s time for me to take my game to the next level,” said Ross in the release.
Draft Express has Ross slotted in to the latter portion of the lottery, and with his skill set it’s unlikely that Ross drops much further than that come late June.
There’s still no word on any kind of decision by freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr., but while losing Ross does hurt Washington should still be a contender in the Pac-12.
In addition to Ross the Huskies lose forward Darnell Gant, but with Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox due to return they should be fine on the perimeter.
Aziz N’Diaye returns inside as do Martin Bruenig and wing Scott Suggs, who was a medical redshirt this season.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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