Lorenzo Romar says he's 'ecstatic' to get Terrence Ross
In 30-minute news conference, UW coach talks about a variety of topics as Huskies wait for Terrence Jones to sign his national letter of intent.
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Washington coach Lorenzo Romar ended a 30-minute news conference with an optimistic if not cryptic message.
"Hopefully we can have another one," he said.
Another news conference would suggest the Huskies had finally secured Terrence Jones, their prized and elusive recruit who committed last week, but chose not to sign a binding national letter of intent.
NCAA recruiting rules prohibit Romar from addressing the Jones situation, but he touched on a variety of other topics Monday afternoon, including the newest Husky — Terrence Ross.
"I'm fired up that we got Terrence Ross," Romar said. "Just ecstatic."
Ross, a 6-foot-5 guard at Portland's Jefferson High, announced his decision Friday at a joint media event with Jones.
Romar revealed Ross, a four-star recruit and Oregon's 5A Player of the Year in 2008, actually signed a LOI several days earlier during an official UW visit.
"He had indicated that he liked Washington and what was important to him and his mom was to get down here and see it," Romar said. "They came to a game, but they didn't get a chance to see the school in its entirety."
In a radio interview Monday morning, Ross said he was unsure when or if Jones, his former high-school teammate, would sign with Washington.
Ross said there's a chance Jones could play at Kentucky.
"I really don't know," Ross told KJR-AM. "He doesn't even like talking about that kind of stuff. I think he's going to come to UW because it's more appealing to him right now than Kentucky.
"I really don't know, but I think that's what he should do. But it's up to him in the long run to do what's best for him. But I hope he goes to the UW."
• UW players elected Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas co-captains next season.
• Ross and Desmond Simmons will enroll in school in July while junior-college transfer Aziz N'Diaye, another Husky newcomer, will arrive earlier.