After profiles of Moe Harkless, Kendall Marshall and Austin Rivers earlier in the week, we continue our look at potential Raptors draft targets with Washington swingman Terrence Ross.

Terrence Ross – SG – 6’7, 197 lbs.

Washington

In a jumble of guards and small forwards vying for draft spots in the top-half to middle of the first round, Terrence Ross is one of the intriguing prospects there. He didn’t get the same attention as other NBA-bound swingmen from bigger programs, but Ross looks to be in the mix as a potential lottery pick.

The 21-year-old saw his minutes and points per game double in his sophomore season at Washington. He shoots the ball well and has deep range on his shot, converting at a 37 per cent clip from behind the arc this past season. He’s also explosive and possesses a quick first step, allowing him to inflict damage driving to the basket as well, though Ross doesn’t take advantage of his ability to drive the net as often as some would like.

His explosive leap means Ross can compliment his scoring with some solid rebounding numbers for a two-guard (averaged 6.4 per game last season), and most seem to think he has some pretty intriguing defensive upside, too.

He needs to get stronger, which we can say for almost any young player entering the NBA, and also needs to improve his ball handling (which is the real reason he doesn’t attack the basket enough), but Ross’ positives (shooting, rebounding, defence) should translate well enough to see him stick around in the Association.

He has the makings of a mid-to-late first round steal (most mock drafts have him in the 15-20 range), but the question is does he entice teams enough to be in the conversation in the top-10, say like at No. 8?