Resident bracketologist Joe Lunardi today selected a 4-4 Washington team to be one of his First Four Out of the early-season look at the projected NCAA tournament field, but take one look at the video above and it's clear the Huskies still have room to grow.
They might be inexperienced, but the talent is there with an emerging star in Terrence Ross. According to Grantland, plays like that one in New York have NBA talent observers talking about his lottery-pick potential.
Spend time around those scouts, as I did at MSG, and you'll quickly learn what they like about him. "He's a special athlete," said one. "Everything comes so easy for him," another opined. "He's just scratching the surface of how good he can be," a third gushed.
That's good news for Washington because the Huskies have lost four of their last five games and are in need of someone to step up. According to the Seattle Times, there also might be a leadership void after Isaiah Thomas left for the NBA.
Ross appears to be maturing into the go-to guy. The only UW player to score in double figures in every game, he banked in a go-ahead jumper with 19 seconds left against Marquette that would have made him the game's hero if not for a last-second three-pointer from the Golden Eagles.
Ross, a soft-spoken sophomore projected as a lottery pick in next year's NBA draft, commands the respect of teammates.
"He hates to lose," [co-captain Darnell] Gant said. His teammates will follow Ross because "he's playing hard and he's not just talking about it. We want to get everybody like that," Gant said.