Will Sixers make a run at University of Washington's Ross?

Posted: June 15, 2012

AS TERRENCE ROSS drained uncontested three-pointers with smoothness and ease, you had to wonder what was going through the minds of 76ers coach Doug Collins, president Rod Thorn and director of player personnel Courtney Witte.

While the popular belief is that the Sixers will look to get an athletic big man with their first pick at No. 15 in the June 28 draft, watching the University of Washington product during a predraft workout Thursday at the team's practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine had to be enticing. The team also worked out Baylor's Quincy Miller and Virginia's Mike Scott, a pair of 6-9 forwards.

Ross, a 6-7, 197-pound shooting guard, is entering the draft following his sophomore season with the Huskies in which he averaged 16.4 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from three-point range. He also collected 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and nearly a block a game.

But it is his outside shooting that so intrigues teams. Ross had a very good showing during the rookie combines in Chicago last week and met with Collins and company while there.

"When we talked, one of the first things they asked was if I knew what the team needs," Ross said. "I said shooting. I think that's something they need help with and I think that's something I can help with."

Some mock drafts have Ross going in the top 10, while others have him available when the Sixers will be making the first of their three picks in the two rounds (they also have the 45th and 54th overall picks). Along with his shooting, Ross is a capable ballhandler who sees the court well and can run and get out on fastbreaks. Scouts like his poise under pressure, and he is a more than capable defender on the wing.

"He's a very skilled, multidimensional type of player who can play both ends of the floor," Witte said. "As good as he is on the offensive end, he does things defensively that you can't teach. He has a big upside to him. His shooting numbers are pretty good. I wouldn't put him up there with Reggie Miller or anything, but he's a shooter, he's a scorer. He's a guy that's going to have a longtime NBA career."

Like many young players coming out of college, Ross needs to improve his body to be able to endure the rigors of an 82-game season. He also gets lost during games at times, waiting for others to set him up instead of creating for himself. He called himself a fan of the Sixers and Collins.

"They made great strides," said Ross, while agreeing that he needs to "get stronger and bigger."

"This year, they took it to [Boston], got past the first round [against Chicago] and almost got past the second round. I think this is an up-and-coming team and a force to be reckoned with.

“[Collins] is a great coach. He's really easy to talk to, he's somebody I'd love to play for. He's a solid coach. You can just tell by the team over the last 2 years. Obviously, he's doing something right."

Whether drafting Ross is another right move remains to be seen.

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The Sixers will hold workouts for two more players on Friday, 6-8 swingman Moe Harkless, out of St. John's, and small forward Hollis Thompson, 6-8 out of Georgetown. n

Contact Bob Cooney at cooneyb@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobCooney76. For more coverage and opinion, read his blog, Sixerville, at www.philly.com/Sixerville.

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