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Originally published Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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2012 newsmakers: Terrence Ross

Washington basketball star Terrence Ross left the Huskies after his sophomore year for the NBA. He and Tony Wroten were the first pair of Huskies chosen in the first round of the NBA draft in the same year.

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Terrence Ross uses the proper word to describe the past year — crazy.

It's crazy how fast he has risen. And it's crazy that the Washington men's basketball team couldn't take full advantage of it.

"It's crazy, crazy just to think back a year and say, 'A year from now, I'll be in this situation,' " said Ross, who is now in the NBA.

The 6-foot-6 guard with the smooth jumper and the ridiculous hops turned a strong sophomore season with the Huskies into his lifelong dream. He averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds, more than doubling his production as a freshman. Then the Toronto Raptors made him the No. 8 overall pick in NBA draft in June.

Ross was the highest drafted Washington player since Brandon Roy was selected No. 6 overall in 2006. He and teammate Tony Wroten Jr., the No. 25 overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, became the first Huskies duo to be taken in the first round of an NBA draft. But for all the history and stellar individual play, Washington didn't make the NCAA tournament despite winning the Pac-12 regular-season title.

"It was disappointing we didn't get there, but you just kind of move on after a while," said Ross, who is averaging 6.5 points in 17 minutes off the bench for the Raptors as a rookie. "It's one of those things where you wish you could do something different and go back and make a few changes and get to where we wanted to go. But I think we just learned from it, and I think the guys still there learned from it, and I think it'll help the program in the long run."

Jerry Brewer

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