by Curtis Crabtree
Sophomore guard Terrence Ross will hire an agent and declare for the NBA Draft the University of Washington announced Sunday.
Ross will forego his final two years of eligibility to head to the next level.
"This has been a lifelong dream for me," Ross said.
While Ross still technically has time to pull his name out of the draft, his decision is to go pro is solid.
"I'm all in right now," Ross said. "I don't think there's anything that can make me change my decision. I've thought about this really hard, took a lot of time, sat down with my family, talked to them about it so I've made my decision and I'm not going to change it."
Ross helped the Huskies to a 24-11 record, NIT semifinal appearance and Pac-12 regular season championship in 2012. 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.
"I think I'm ready for this," Ross said. "I've matured in the last two years just being in college. I've got a good supporting group around me with my family and close friends so I think I'm ready for this."
Ross said that he's heard he will be selected anywhere from the Top 10 of the draft to the late first-round.
Ross 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 this season, doing so twice. He was second with 9 games of 20-plus points.
Ross' game took a sizable step forward in the team's run to the NIT semifinals in New York. He averaged 25.0 points in four games, 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).