2011 Scouting Report: Terrence Ross
With Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning leaving the Washington Huskies, the team loses both of its major contributors on offense as categorized by Ken Pomeroy (24-28% of possessions used). One of the players expected to fill the void is Sophomore Terrence Ross, who had an inconsistent season last year, even for a freshman. Ross showed that he can be an offensive threat, although he is far from a finished product. Washington needs Ross to improve in some areas and step into a larger role this season.
Ross is very confident in his ability to shoot the ball and can knock down shots off the dribble or when he spots up. If we look only at three point shots, Ross shot 44-125 (32.5%) in his freshman year. While this is not a great percentage, he does find success in mid range shots in addition to his mild success from distance (we just can’t separate mid range jumpers from layups when looking at his 2 point field goal percentage).
I like the form on Ross’ shot, which shows me he can improve on his long distance percentage and continue to connect on mid range shots. He has nice elevation, a consistent release point and good follow through to complete his shot. As you can see in the following video, he can knock down shots off a dribble (first two shots) or spotting up (second two shots).
Cutting off penetration
Due to his 6’6″ height with an impressive wingspan, Ross is strong at stopping his man from penetration or making the shot difficult if they are able to get into the lane. Ross is able to move his feet to stay in front of his man and use his length to challenge shots if his man is able to get a shot off. We will see other areas where he struggles on defense but not allowing his man to get to the rim easily is one of his strengths. I think this is because Ross is able to use his athleticism and does not have to think too much when he is playing one on defense in these positions.
As shown above, on the ball defense is a strength of Ross as he is able to rely on his athleticism to stop his man. However, when Ross is playing off the ball, he often got confused and lost sight of the ball. He was not always in the best help position which allowed the opposition to drive right by him without Ross noticing and being able to help.
If you see Ross in the following frame, you can see how he turned his back to the play to watch his man. This causes him to lose sight of the ball and he does not step up to cut off penetration.
Ross will need to improve on his off ball defense which should come with more experience. I am neither surprised nor concerned this is an area of improvement for Ross. Many freshman struggle with this and I believe Ross will become a stronger defender as he matures.
Finishing at the rim
One thing I did not like from Ross and need to see improvement on was his finishing at the rim. Notably, his propensity for avoiding contact when he shoots at the rim. Instead of putting his body into the defender and drawing a foul, he tries to avoid the contact and scoop his shot around the defender.
Ross had a terrible fouls drawn rate per 40 minutes of 2.7 and an abysmal free throw rate of 14.3. Ross needs to learn to embrace contact at the rim and get to the free throw line at a minimum instead of avoiding contact and missing the layup. The ideal situation is that he can develop the strength to finish with the contact but he needs to at least get to the free throw line.