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). Ross started four of 34 possible games for the Washington Huskies as a freshman, contributing on a team that won the Pac-10 tournament but was bounced in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Ross grew into a vital contributor as a sophomore in 2011-12, however. He finished among the top statistical contributors in the conference in many categories that year, including second in field goals (215), third in points (574), third in field-goal percentage (.457) and fourth in points per game (16.4). The Huskies finished with the best record in the Pac-12 that year with Ross as a key player but were left out of the NCAA Tournament, ultimately reaching the NIT semifinals. After the season, Ross announced that he would enter the 2012 NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round (eighth overall) by the Toronto Raptors.