In the 2005-2006 basketball season Marcus Williams, a Roosevelt High School(Seattle) All-State Small Forward started 25 out of 33 games for the Pac-10 Powerhouse Arizona Wildcats. He averaged 13 points and shot 43% from the 3 point line. He followed his Freshman season with an improvement to 16.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. He had all the looks of a Future 1st Round Pick and future millionaire. He listened to some scouts and entered the 2007-2008 NBA Draft thinking he wouldn’t have any trouble securing a 1st round team. After all was said and done, he ended up getting selected in the 2nd round(33rd overall) by the San Antonio Spurs. He played sparingly in two seasons with the Spurs, while also excelling in the NBA D-League. Currently he’s playing overseas with hopes of returning to the NBA sometime soon.
With the NBA scouts projecting a sure 1st rounder, and even a possible Lottery Pick, Terrence Ross’ days at UW could be limited. During his freshman year, Ross didn’t start to get major minutes until later in the season and only averaged 8 points a game. Although during this year, his sophomore season, he’s stepped his game up to 16 points and 6 rebounds a game. Just last Friday he lit up the stat sheet against Northwestern, scoring 32 points and grabbing 8 rebounds while making 6 3-pointers.
Both Terrence and Marcus are listed with similar strengths and weaknesses to their games following their sophomore campaign. Both are excellent shooters, long wingspan’s, finishes well at the rim, very athletic,great upside and potential. With all those good traits, they both had similar weaknesses to them. Both players weren’t very assertive on their teams much, not the greatest defenders, both needed work on ball handling, can settle for jump shots too often.
A lot of these weaknesses were evident in former local product and lottery pick, Brandon Roy. He decided to stay all 4 years and improve his game each season and turned himself into a proven commodity a lot faster then players coming out much earlier. I’m not saying Terrence Ross needs to stay 4 years to be a lock in the Lottery. I’m not saying this as a Wishful Thinking Husky fan, i’m just saying that you don’t want to be kicked to the curb by the NBA because your another “huge upside” prospect. Come back for another year and refine the rest of your game while leading your team to an NCAA berth.