Terrence James Elijah Ross was born in 1991 in Long Beach, California to Terry Ross and Marcine Parker. His father played minor league basketball in the old CBA, and sister Taelor played collegiate basketball at Seattle University. Ross played high school basketball for two different institutions. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Ross attended Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. During his sophomore season, he led Jefferson to a state championship. Ross then went to Montrose Christian in Rockville, Maryland, where he was named All-Metro (D.C. area) in 2009. After college, while playing for the Raptors, Ross sponsored a ticket program with LAMP Community Health Centre for youth basketball programs. Ross has also worked with the Magic on various Orlando-based youth initiatives. Follow Ross on Twitter (@TerrenceRoss) and Instagram (@terrence).