Terrence Ross's high school career likely finished
Reporter Steve Yanda filed this update on Terrence Ross:
Former Montrose Christian basketball player Terrence Ross, who transferred back to Jefferson High School in his hometown of Portland, Ore., earlier this month, was denied a hardship waiver Friday by the Portland Interscholastic League's eligibility committee, according to Jefferson Athletic Director Mitch Whitehurst.
Ross will not be able to play for Jefferson the rest of this season, meaning that his high school career likely is finished. Ross returned to Jefferson, where he played his first two seasons of high school ball before transferring to Montrose, to try to get his academic affairs in order as he attempts to become eligible to play at an NCAA school next fall.
After breaking off from the verbal commitment he gave Maryland last spring, Ross re-opened his recruitment in December. At the time, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Maryland were the schools primarily pursuing Ross's services. Now, though, Ross's top choices are Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon.
A 6-foot-5 shooting guard ranked No. 43 in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.com, Ross had hoped to rejoin Jefferson, the top-ranked team in its state classification, for its run to another state championship. Ross was named the Oregon 5A player of the year in 2008 after leading the Democrats to a state title.
Whitehurst said in a phone interview that the school's hardship waiver request was denied, but declined to provide the reasons why it was not granted. A voice message left seeking comment from PIL District Athletic Director Greg Ross, who oversaw Friday's committee hearing, was not immediately returned. The Oregon School Activities Association does not allow athletic eligibility for midyear transfer students barring the approval of a hardship waiver.
-- Steve Yanda
| February 26, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
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