A source close to the situation tells us that Maryland "shouldn’t even be on [Terrence Ross'] list, because there’s no way he’s going there at this point."
"It's still a nice class, but definitely there is no way to replace Ross at this stage in the game," Telep said. "So it's not a Top 25 class. It's a Top 25 class with him. When you remove him from the equation, obviously it takes a hit."
Added Telep, "It would be a tough pill to swallow [for Maryland to lose Ross] for the simple fact that the guy's a good basketball player. When you get to this point in the year, the guys of his caliber are just not out there in quantity. It would be very difficult to replace him at this stage."
[Terrence Ross] has reopened his recruitment. He’s going to reopen it for a limited number of schools -- no more than four or five. Maryland is still very strong in the picture. He just felt that he wanted to open it up and make sure he was making an informed decision. And that’s pretty much it.
Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Maryland. He has limited who he [is considering]. Not anybody can come in and recruit him. Our rule, also, is that there will be no official visits until our season is over. And as far as recruiting during our season, the No. 1 priority is his academic work and the Montrose basketball team."
Maryland has done an outstanding job of recruiting him and Terrence is very familiar with Maryland and he likes Maryland a lot. They are still very much in the picture.
After watching Maryland commit Terrence Ross over the weekend, its clear he's about 60 slots too low in our rankings. Ross did not ink with the Terps early and that's cause for minor concern. Actually, whenever a commit doesn't ink it brings about questions.
We know other schools are trying to see what his status is. Maryland, to its credit, has been present at his games and is doing all it can to solidify the pledge. Ross did not wish to talk about his recruiting at the National Hoops Festival only saying that he remains committed.
Terrence Ross, who did not sign a letter-of-intent to attend Maryland after verbally committing to the Terrapins, will not comment on why he didn’t make it official. When pressed, a Montrose assistant said that the coaching staff doesn’t want reporters talking to Ross about it. "Only about the game," an assistant said.
The starters for The Goat (Orange Squad) [for the Elite 24 game] were Tristan Thompson, Jared Sullinger, C.J. Leslie, Kyrie Irving and Terrence Ross, while the starters for Skip To My Lou (White Squad) were Joe Jackson, Will Barton, Tobias Harris, Harrison Barnes and Josh Smith.
- Ross is much better than the last time I saw him play at the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational. With Mouphtaou Yarou and Isaiah Armwood headed to Villanova, Ross is going to be a beast alongside rising sophomore Justin Anderson at Montrose Christian
The [Elite 24 dunk contest] participants are:
DaJuan Coleman - Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.) PF 6-8 280
Joe Jackson - White Station (Memphis, Tenn.) PG 5-11 165
Josh Selby - Lake Clifton (Baltimore, Md.) PG 6-3 185
Myck Kabongo - St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.) PG 6-2 160
Roscoe Smith - Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) SF 6-7
Terrence Ross - Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) SF 6-6 180
Will Barton - Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) SG 6-6 160