Terrence Ross was drafted 8th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2012 NBA Draft. A day in which Lorenzo Romar was able to be with Ross in the draft room and watch not only Ross get drafted in the first round but Tony Wroten too (25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies).
Let’s look at instant reaction from around the internet on the selection of Ross. We will look at Raptor Fans reaction, Raptor Blogs, NBA Writer(s), Husky fans reaction, and more.
Random Raptor Fan Tweet
(this seems to be the general consensus for the Toronto fan base).
Honestly, looking at Terrence Ross clips and workouts, he’s not half bad. Just that we could’ve traded down and still got him. He’s wet doe
— Parmveer Lally (@PLtwosix) June 29, 2012
Raptor Site: National Post (Toronto)
This is what the media in Toronto is saying. Also, some good insights on Toronto’s pick of Ross.
Ross was the first option after Harrison Barnes, the North Carolina small forward, went to Golden State. Bitterly, the Raptors lost a coin flip with the Warriors after both teams won 23 games. Due to that, Golden State selected seventh and the Raptors chose eighth. The Raptors were also interested in Syracuse guard Dion Waiters (fourth to Cleveland) and Weber State point guard Damian Lillard (sixth to Portland).
Ross is not expected to blossom immediately. The Raptors will prioritize adding a veteran small forward either in free agency or via a trade. (Of course, they will also be looking to add Steve Nash in free agency. Of that, there is no doubt.) If Ross or incumbent starter James Johnson is starting to begin next season, it will be a disappointment.
NBA Writers Panel (Fansided)
There are four opinions of the pick on the panel. This is the one I felt worth sharing from Bryan Rosa. You can read the rest here.
A reach no doubt, Ross was a player Toronto could’ve and should’ve traded down for. That’s not to say Ross can’t play, but, he’s too high of a selection at #8. Now, Ross could certainly be worth his weight at #8 a few years down the road, so you can’t fault Toronto for taking the risk but I have to believe they could’ve moved down and acquired additional assets before drafting Ross a few picks down.
Husky Fan Reaction
A fairly typical reaction from Husky fans. This was probably the number one reaction with the second just being pure elation for Ross.
As a Washington Huskies fan, there is some justice in Terrence Ross being taken before Terrence Jones.
— Brandon Sparks (@SportLogoPundit) June 29, 2012
Husky Media Reaction
Gregg Bell of GoHuskies.com, you can read the full story here.
Romar said Ross was sitting at the draft believing he was going to be selected 14th by Milwaukee. Then Cleveland took Dion Waiters of Syracuse at fourth overall. That moved Ross up in the draft’s heirarchy of shooting guards.
Ross’ agent informed him of the boost into becoming a lottery pick at eighth overall seconds before NBA commissioner David Stern announced Toronto had selected him.
And a shout out from Arizona Coach Sean Miller
Congratulations to Terrence Ross and the UW Huskies on him being selected at #8 in the Lottery! Well deserved, team guy, winner! #pac12
— Sean Miller (@UACoachMiller) June 29, 2012