UW's Ross taken 8th overall by Toronto

SEATTLE - Terrence Ross was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the eighth pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday continuing a trend of Washington players joining the ranks of the NBA.

Ross is the 10th player to don a Husky uniform and be selected in the first round and the ninth player overall in the Lorenzo Romar era picked in the NBA Draft. In the last eight drafts, at least one Husky has been selected in all but one year (2008).

He is the fifth Husky to be drafted in the top-10, joining Bob Houbregs (3rd, Milwaukee, 1953), Detlef Schrempf (8th, Dallas, 1985), Brandon Roy (6th, Minnesota, 2006) and Spencer Hawes (10th, Sacramento, 2007). Martell Webster signed with Washington for 2005, but elected to enter the draft instead and was selected 6th overall by Portland.

Ross' teammate Tony Wroten is also expected to be selected later in the draft. If Wroten is selected in the first round, it would mark the first time in Husky history that teammates have been chosen in the first round.

Ross left Washington after his sophomore year. He helped the Huskies to a 24-11 record in 2012, an NIT semifinal appearance and Pac-12 regular season championship.

"Being at Washington and playing for Coach Romar has been a blessing," Ross said back on April 1 when he declared for the draft. "On the court, off the court, with school and in's just been a real blessing to consider myself a Husky and get to where I am right now."

Ross established himself as not only one of the Pac-12's most complete players, but one of the nation's top athletes. He ranked among conference leaders in eight categories: points (16.4, 4th), rebounds (6.4, 6th), offensive rebounds (5.1, 3rd), free throw percentage (.766, 11th), steals (1.3, 12th), 3-PT FG makes (2.1, 8th), 3-PT% (.371, 14th) and blocks (0.9, 13th).

He earned first team All-Pac-12 honors in 2012 and led Washington in scoring, tallying 574 total points - tied for 9th most in UW single-season history.

He also was second on the team in minutes, rebounds, steals, 3-point makes, 3-point field goal percentage and blocks.

Ross was the only Husky to reach 30 points in 2011-12, doing so twice. He was second with 9 games of 20-plus points.

Ross flourished in Washington's run to the NIT semifinals in New York. He averaged 25.0 points in four games. He was a perfect 15-of-15 from the free throw line and led UW shooters from three point range, making 15-of-37 attempts (.405).

As a freshman in 2011, he was part of a Husky team that went 24-11, won the Pac-10 Tournament championship and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament.