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.
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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.
The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.
“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.
“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.
“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”
Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.
Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.
Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.
Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.