Moe Harkless, Terrence Ross stand out in latest Blazer workout

Moe Harkless, Terrence Ross stand out in latest Blazer workout
June 21, 2012, 2:25 pm
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By DWIGHT JAYNES (@dwightjaynes)

We don't get to see much of the Trail Blazers' draft workouts. They open the gym to the media in time to see the last rotation of a shooting drill, in most cases. Funny, though, on Wednesday it was time enough to note a couple of things.

No. 1 -- Terrence Ross, the former Husky out of Jefferson High, can shoot the ball. He's got a nice stroke. He was at ease during his interview, too.

More important, I understand he impressed the Trail Blazer brass.

No. 2 -- I make no claims of being a close follower of college basketball, particularly outside our area. Yes, I watch stuff locally well enough to know that Tony Wroten can't shoot a lick (he airballed an unguarded three-pointer in full view of the media Wednesday), but I see little of the Big East, for example.

But the kid from St. John's, Moe Harkless, is a guy who looks a lot like a good NBA player. And I hear he really wowed this team's front office with his performance during the workout.

He's an interesting athlete, a player listed at close to 6-9 who, some say, is a guard. Now THAT in itself is interesting. He does have a little bit of a Clyde Drexler look to him but with a better shooting touch than Clyde had at this point of his career. Now, don't say I said he's another Drexler because I seriously doubt he has that kind of explosiveness and instincts.

But he's an interesting player who made big shots in college and looks to have some star power. During his media interviews he seemed to reflect a quiet confidence and easy manner that's rare among these candidates.

Is he a possible pick for the Trail Blazers at 11? Doubt it. But it's going to be fun to see who takes him and what kind of player he turns into.

There's still probably one workout remaining, by the way. The team's front office heads to Texas this weekend to watch and meet with Joel Freeland, there with England's national team.