Lorenzo Romar on Terrence Ross
Old 08-20-2012, 01:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Following this advice, RaptorsHQ recently had the opportunity to talk to Lorenzo Romar, Head Coach of the University of Washington Men's Basketball team, and obviously, coach of Raptors' draft pick Terrence Ross.
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RHQ: Yeah, that's always tough. On the success side, talking about last season, we can obviously point to two players who will be in the NBA next season, Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross. Can you talk a little bit about their impact on the program?

CR: Oh they had a tremendous impact. Let's start with your guy (chuckles), our guy, Terrence Ross. He became a really good defender, from his freshman year he became our go-to guy, he was inspirational to his teammates and fans, he just had a really good sophomore year. And then Tony Wroten was freshman of the year in the conference so that pretty much speaks for itself.

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RHQ: Now the college season obviously isn't THAT far removed from the start of Summer League but did you see any growth and change in his game from season's end to his time in Vegas?

CR: You could just see that he was trying to do what he was told, it seemed that he was being coachable. I don't know their (the Toronto Raptors' Summer League Team) schemes, or what they were trying to run, but you could just tell that he was trying to conform to what they wanted.

RHQ: So let's talk about Ross for a bit; what are some of his strengths and how would you describe his overall game?

CR: Well, outstanding athleticism. That jumps right out at you. He has a rare blend of athleticism and a deadly stroke from the three-point line. At 6-6, 6-7, he has good size, he's quick off his feet and that allows him to be a good defender. He's also a good rebounder from the guard position.
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RHQ: That's one of the things I think the Raptors' liked about him as a prospect, not just the shooting ability but this is a team that's really trying to improve defensively under Coach Casey, so getting another defense-minded prospect was key. Do you see a good fit then with Toronto?

CR: Oh yeah, but I think he's a good fit for anyone. He certainly has grabbed a hold of the defensive end though, to complement what he can do on the offensive end, and I think knowing Coach Casey, he'll do just fine.
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RHQ: Any situations you'd say he excels in, he seems to be very smooth in terms of moving without the ball, cutting to the hoop, and scoring in that fashion without having to break guys down off the bounce.

CR: Yeah, he is good in that regard. He can work harder to get to the line more, I think he can do that, but he just has ice water in his veins. Here's the thing; if he's playing in his back-yard or drive way, it's the same thing as if he was playing for twenty-thousand people in the championship, he just doesn't get rattled.


RHQ: Well that's great to hear, the Raptors could use a few more players of that ilk!

CR: Yeah, he just doesn't get rattled, he's not afraid to take the big shot. Someone told me in basketball there are "takers" and "makers." He's a "maker."
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RHQ: Having watched him play last season in college, I would concur. In terms of the offence you guys ran in Washington, I know he and Tony were focal points, but were there certain plays that you ran to maximize his skills and abilities?

CR: Well we'd post him up quite a bit. When teams would try to deny him the ball, we'd throw over the top, throw him lobs quite a bit, and run him off screens. And then isolate him. We'd isolate him one-on-one and in those instances, he was nearly impossible to defend.
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RHQ: Speaking of Brandon, he's a player that flew under the radar a bit in the draft process. Everyone knew he'd have an immediate impact at the next level, but I don't think anyone thought he'd be as good as he was. Any comparisons there to Ross, not in terms of type of player, but in the fact that people may not know enough about his game and potential?

CR: In terms of being under the radar, absolutely. In terms of the type of player, yeah, they're totally different players, you're exactly right. But yeah, Terrence is a much better talent than I think many people realize, and he'll have a chance to show that in Toronto.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like Ross is a type of guy that could fit well in Pro basketball world.
Great defender, great shootability. He can definitely develop into a decent shooting guard like Jason Richardson. Oh well, if he and DD coexist in starting roster (i.e. pushing DD to SF position), then Ross will likely be 4th offense option, next to Barg, DD, and Lowry.

This is still okay, as long as his addition in Raptors roster would contribute towards building a winning team.
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I hate reading things like this, it's getting me too damn excited for this kid.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds like Ross is a type of guy that could fit well in Pro basketball world.
Great defender, great shootability. He can definitely develop into a decent shooting guard like Jason Richardson. Oh well, if he and DD coexist in starting roster (i.e. pushing DD to SF position), then Ross will likely be 4th offense option, next to Barg, DD, and Lowry.

This is still okay, as long as his addition in Raptors roster would contribute towards building a winning team.
i'll be honest, I feel as if ross will be a better player than DD. not saying DD will be bad, but we may have another Tmac Carter situation on our hands, just not to the same level of talent.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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im learning not to get my hopes up with this team but im a little excited. i dont think he's going to come out to be the eighth best choice, but im excited for what he can bring for the Raptors and what this means for DD and this organization moving forward.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think Ross could indeed be in better shape to start his career than DeRozan is.
For one if ball handling & strength are the only things he needs to get better at then he more than trumps DeRozan.

DeRozan needs to work on: Ball Handling, 3 point shooting, shooting off the dribble & strength.

But I feel they can compliment each other if DeRozan keeps taking it to the basket.
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