Terrence Ross likely headed to Arizona prep school
Terrence Ross, a highly sought-after high school basketball recruit in the Class of 2010 who withdrew from Montrose Christian on Tuesday, likely will enroll next week at Westwind Academy Charter High in Phoenix.
When asked Thursday whether Ross had enrolled at the school, Westwind Academy Principal Kris Johnson replied "not yet." When asked whether the school expected Ross to enroll at some point in the near future, Johnson said, "I can't answer that one way or another until he shows up on my campus."
Johnson then said that if Ross, a native of Portland, Ore., were going to enroll at Westwind Academy, it would have to happen next week. "Everything should be done as of Wednesday," she said.
Assuming Ross does, in fact, end up at Westwind Academy, he will be coached by Gary Trousdale on a team that currently is 24-2. Among Trousdale's former coaching stops, he once was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Portland. A call to Trousdale's listed work number at Westwind Academy on Thursday was not immediately returned.
The past 10 months have been something of a whirlwind for Ross, who is rated the No. 43 overall prospect in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.com. In late April 2009, Ross gave an oral commitment to Maryland, providing the Terrapins with a shooting guard thought to serve as the centerpiece of their 2010 recruiting class. Ross did not compete in the summer AAU circuit, choosing instead to work on his game on his own.
Ross's stock soared at the start of his senior season at Montrose Christian, as he showed off developments in his game that went unnoticed during the summertime due to his absence from the national spotlight. When schools such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and other began showing interest in the 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard, Ross reneged on his oral commitment and reopened his recruitment in December.
Maryland, whom Montrose Christian Coach Stu Vetter maintained still was in the mix for Ross's services, has made repeated attempts in recent weeks to demonstrate its continued interest in obtaining Ross's commitment.
On Tuesday, Ross withdrew from Montrose Christian. Vetter called it "a parental decision," and wished Ross well.
"I'm sure it's happened before, but the last time I remember it happening was when Tristan Thompson last year got kicked off of Saint Benedict's by Bobby Hurley," said Dave Telep, national recruiting director for Scout.com. "But that wasn't even the kid's senior year. To me, it's very much out of the ordinary for a high-profile guy to make a move like this at this stage in the game."
Telep said the primary ramifications of Ross's decision to switch schools more than midway through his senior year mainly will center on academics.
"I think pretty much anybody who has a scholarship at a high-level school would like to have him," Telep said. "It'd be difficult to think a move like this could help him academically. A mid-senior year move to another school, I just don't know how, academically that all gets worked out. More than that, I don't know why he left. That's the question that I don't think anybody totally understands yet is, Why did he leave school. Especially a guy who's been there a year and a half. It's not like it's his first year there."
As for whether Ross's school switch will hurt his reputation among the schools still pursuing him, Telep said it is too early to tell.
"Since we know it's not a situation where he got thrown out, that's a good thing," Telep said. "But I don't know. This is a unique situation. I'm not sure that anyone knows what to make of it at this point."
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