Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors Welcome Draft Picks Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy to Toronto

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors Welcome Draft Picks Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy to Toronto

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Raptors welcome top draft picks to Toronto


TORONTO - Terrence Ross refused to let an early-morning flight and an airport delay dampen his spirits.

The Toronto Raptors' first-round draft pick arrived at Air Canada Centre on Friday wearing his new team's cap on his head and a smile on his face. Flanked by second-round pick Quincy Acy, the Portland native shared some rumours he's been hearing about Toronto.

"When I ask other guys who work out here, they say it's by far the best city in the league right now," Ross said. "It's real diverse, a lot of people are friendly, I just love it out here."

The Raptors selected the University of Washington product eighth overall before taking Acy with the 37th pick on Thursday night. But even though Ross averaged 16 points per game last season, Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo surprised most NBA pundits by picking him so early.

Ross, at six foot seven, 195 pounds, was slated to be outside the top 10 in most pre-draft projections, but he won over the coaching staff with his shot-making ability and his defensive prowess.

Head coach Dwayne Casey suggested Ross could complement guard DeMar DeRozan next season.

Ross expressed his excitement about playing with the "freak athlete."

Colangelo denied that Ross was a surprise pick, claiming he followed the guard's progress with the Huskies all season. He said Ross was also very impressive during his workout in Toronto earlier this month, where he drew praise from many current Raptors.

"Terrence was always listed for consideration at the eighth spot," Colangelo said. "You don't worry about where you're drafting, you're worried about what piece best fits your organization.

"We felt that Terrence was that guy."

Acy, a 6-7, 244-pound forward, might not have the same offensive presence as Ross, but the Raptors liked his strength, intensity and his defensive ability. He'll be the first player to wear No. 4 on his jersey since Chris Bosh left to join Miami.

Colangelo and Casey both compared him to former Raptor and current Los Angeles Clipper Reggie Evans, who's known for his aggressiveness and rebounding ability. But Colangelo joked that he expects more from Acy. …

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