Former Montrose Christian basketball player Terrence Ross enrolled Tuesday at Jefferson High in his native Portland, Ore., rather than at Westwind Academy, as school administrators at the Phoenix charter school expected him to do last week.
Ross played at Jefferson the first two years of his high school career before transferring to Montrose in 2008. During his sophomore season -- in which he was home-schooled by his mother while continuing to play for the Democrats -- Ross led Jefferson to a state championship and earned 5A player of the year honors.
"The main reason why was, for me as a parent, I could oversee and make sure that he is getting everything that he needs," Ross's mother, Marcine, said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "It would have been a little bit more difficult to do that from a distance. So I just decided to keep him close to home."
Ross, a former All-Met shooting guard who is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 43 overall prospect in the class of 2010, withdrew from Montrose on Feb. 2. Westwind Principal Kris Johnson said Wednesday in a phone interview that Ross originally planned to head straight to Arizona and stay at the school's boarding house.