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TORONTO - Not surprisingly, Terrence Ross rookie year was filled with the highs and lows you would expect from a 21-year-old. Thomas Partey Jersey . At times he dazzled, usually with his undeniable athleticism - winning the slam dunk contest at All-Star weekend - but just as often, if not more often, he would come back down to earth with the inconsistency and mental lapses associated with most first-year players. The Raptors eighth overall pick in 2012 averaged 6.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 73 games but shot just 41 per cent from the field and saw his role minimized following the midseason trade for Rudy Gay. To his own admission, the guard was not physically or mentally prepared for the grind of an NBA season; that realization hitting him immediately in training camp a year ago. "I didnt know what to expect," he said of last years camp. "I didnt know how hard it would be, I didnt know how it would wear on your body. I think I was just kind of warn down from the whole draft process so I think that kind of took effect but this year I took time off, relaxed and came back prepared and ready to play." Now a 22-year-old sophomore, Ross knows what to expect three days into his second camp as a professional. "I feel like its easier now," he admitted Thursday after practice. "I havent been getting sore, I feel fresh, Im always loose, always ready to go [and] Im in great shape so I just feel good to go." His coaches have noticed the change but are still mindful of the challenge that faces Ross going into his second year; a challenge that will determine if hes ready to take his game to the next level. "Defensively he was competing [and] offensively he was knocking down shots," Dwane Casey said of Ross stand out practice from Wednesday. "So his thing is being consistent, bringing the consistency to his game. Thats his next step because last year was a typical rookie year, up and down." "[He] had a great start then tailed off, then bounced back again," Casey continued. "So his thing is bringing it every day and every time he steps on the floor." "But hes a great kid, hes giving everything he has, its just [the] consistency." Open Competition After three days back at the Air Canada Centre, Casey continues to rave about his teams effort level and competitive spirit early in camp. Although the Raptors third-year head coach spotted some tired legs in Thursday mornings practice - following two long days and heavy conditioning drills Wednesday evening - he has been impressed with the focus of his players. For many of them, their roles - and in some cases their jobs - are at stake. Although Casey has mixed up units over the first few days, the incumbent starting five of Gay, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas is fully expected to reclaim their spot above the teams depth chart. Of the 12 other players in camp, only four are holdovers from last season and with an infusion of added depth comes an open competition for second-unit minutes. "Its open," Casey stated. "Were looking for those spots. We have a lot of people who can step in and take that opportunity. There are going to be minutes there, [the starters] cant play 48 [minutes]." The Raptors ranked eighth in bench scoring for the first half of last season, getting 37.5 points per game from their reserves but dropped to 25th (27.3 points per) after the acquisition of Gay, as the starters were asked to eat up more minutes. "Were looking for that second unit and that was our nemesis [last year]," said Casey. "So whoever that second group is has to create an identity to come in and score and defend, either hold serve or increase the score, you cant go the other way." Veteran D.J. Augustin is battling rookie Dwight Buycks for the backup point guard job behind Lowry - although Augustin should have a leg up going into the season based on experience - while Ross, Landry Fields and new comers Steve Novak and Austin Daye should push for minutes behind DeRozan and Gay on the wing. Up front, Tyler Hansbrough - who has been a standout early in camp - should be the first big off the bench while Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray return but may only factor in should injuries or foul trouble occur, or if Casey chooses to stay with a big lineup. The Raptors have one final roster spot available and three camp invitees - forward Chris Wright, guards Julyan Stone and Carlos Morais - vying for it. Its still too early to say whether one has stood out above the rest, per Casey, but the performance of those three players - all on non-guaranteed deals - should determine whether the team chooses to fill that 15th spot. Off To Halifax The team will continue training camp on the east coast as they return to Halifax for two practices on Friday and an intrasquad game Saturday. Unlike last fall, when they held five days of camp in Halifax, the team wont have time for much sightseeing this time around. Aside from a players-only dinner planned for Thursday evening it will be strictly business before they head to Boston for their first of eight preseason games Monday. Oliver Torres Jersey .com) - Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez was a first-round winner on Monday at the Delray Beach Open tennis event. Jose Gimenez Jersey . No surprise there. Kershaw, who also earned the title after throwing his first career no-hitter in June, had a 1. . Its like being on Broadway, everything you do matters. Id want to be good though! I couldnt play here if I wasnt very good. #83217388 / gettyimages.LONDON, ONT – About a month after he helped Skelleftea capture the Elitserien title, Leafs prospect Petter Granberg was victorious again, this time as one of the youngest members of the Swedish national team, who tasted gold at the World Championships on home soil in late May. "I had a pretty good year," the soft-spoken Granberg told with a grin from the teams annual rookie tournament in London. A fourth-round selection in 2010, Granberg is worth keeping an eye on with NHL training camps rolling around in less than a week. The six-foot-two, 200-pound defender may not possess the wow-inspiring theatrics of fellow prospect Morgan Rielly, but nonetheless has a chance to contribute with the Leafs when all is said and done this season. "Sometimes its not always the flashiest guy on the ice that can make your team better," Dave Morrison, the Leafs director of amateur scouting explained to earlier this week. "You do need that skill, theres no question, you have to draft skill, but skill comes in different formats and Petter has his own skills that we hope are going to help us." A meat and potatoes defender in the mold of fellow Swede and current Leaf Carl Gunnarsson – though perhaps more willing and robust in the physical department – Granberg is a player unlikely to garner much attention, his game predicated on a quiet, responsible performance in the defensive end. "Thats why I think when you look at a guy like Petter, I think it would lead one to think that he might get [to the NHL] a little sooner than later," said Morrison of Granberg, who also won gold at the World Junior Championships in 2012, "but again every case is different and hes going to have acclimatize himself both off the ice and on the ice." The Leafs picked Granberg (first name pronounced PEH-TER) with the 116th overall pick in 2010, urged to stray in his direction by two of their North American scouts, Garth Malarchuk and John Lilley, the pair citing a "strong, responsible" game as rationale for the selection. "As you get deeper into the draft and youre not at the top end anymore, you look for players who have NHL potential but maybe in different ways," Morrison explained of the mindset at that lattter stage in the draft. Jan Oblak Jersey. "Maybe theyre not those big scorers or those defencemen that take the puck from one end of the ice to the other or the goaltender who can steal a game, you have to find other players that can be maybe top defensive defenceman, those types of guys that maybe dont stick out as much in the earlier rounds. "Petters one of those guys," he continued. "He was a guy that our [scouts] felt had those defensive qualities that could potentially make him a real strong player for [our] team and a guy that could really help you win." Granberg made the jump to Toronto from his homeland of Sweden in late August, one among a promising batch of blueline prospects here in London for the rookie tournament. While hes expected to participate in training camp next week and will compete for an NHL job at the outset, Granberg is likely to begin the year in the American Hockey League with the Marlies – having never played on the smaller ice surface full-time – though his development curve could speed up if his transition to North American hockey proves seamless. "Ive developed a lot of things back in Sweden so I feel ready to take the step over here," said Granberg, who logged over 18 minutes a game for the gold medal-winning Swedes. A hopeful comparable for Granberg, Gunnarsson proved a quick study when he made the leap from Sweden in the fall of 2009. Then 22 (and slightly older than Granberg), Gunnarsson required just 12 games with the Marlies before he was recalled by the Leafs, playing upwards of 20 minutes nightly as a rookie in 43 games. His progression has been just about ideal for the organization, the now 26-year-old defender and seventh round pick earning a new three-year contract with the club this past summer. Each development pattern is unique though and Granberg will ultimately dictate his ascension up the organizational ladder through his performance and acclimation to the game on this side of the pond. "Well see how fast hes able to do it," Morrison said, citing patience as a requirement for any prospect. "It might take him a year and a bit. It might take him two months. "At this point were excited to see what hes going to do in the next month." 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