ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
CHICAGO The University of Washington Huskies' dynamic duo of TerrenceRoss and Tony Wroten are enjoying their experience together at the2012 NBA Draft combine and both are figured to be first roundselections.
Bothunderclassmen draft prospects are being bombarded with mediainterviews, psychological testing, and individual team meetings.
However,they are happy that they're doing it together.
It'sjust good to be with someone you're close with during this wholeprocess, Wroten said. We're keeping in touch with one anotherand giving each other advice on certain things that's going on. Itreally helps to have him here.
He'slike a brother so it's always good when you got someone around whoyou trust during a time like this, Ross said. I'm just happythat both of us get to share this experience together.
There'salso something else theses two share they both have desires toplay for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Multiplemock drafts don't have Ross or Wroten being taken that high beingthat the Trail Blazers hold No. 6 and No. 11, but they can still haveaspirations.
Iwould love to play for the Blazers, Ross said. That's whereI've been living for the past eight years. To be home would be nice.Just have to see how it works out.
Ilove the Trail Blazers, Wroten said. We don't have a team (inSeattle), so they're who I root for. If I was blessed to be able toplay for them, it would be a dream come.
Wroten'seyes lit up when I informed him I covered the Trail Blazers and Iasked him if he ever pictures himself playing for that squad south ofI-5.
Everyday,everyday I think about that. That's a dream come true, Wroten saidwith a grin. That will be a blessing If I was the 6th or 11th pick.Jamal Crawford going there, a Seattle guy, Brandon Roy, being able tofollow in his footsteps would be a great, great, great opportunity.
Wrotensays he has a workout scheduled with the Trail Blazers next weekalong with Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and Orlando.
Rosssays as of now, he doesn't have one set with his hometown team, butsays that could change any day. He's hearing he'll fall somewherebetween 14-25.
Seattleproducts, Jamal Crawford and Brandon Roy, have been very inspirationalin making sure their brethren are well equipped to handle the rigorsof the NBA lifestyle.
They(Crawford and Roy) just tell us what to expect and how to conductourselves as professionals, Wroten said. They're like our bigbrothers and I'm glad they're in our corner.
Rossleft the University of Washington after his sophomore season. Heaveraged 16.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, and shot 37 percent fromthree-point range.
Wrotendeclared for the draft after his one lone collegiate season averaging16.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assist.