LaQuinton Ross Ruled a Non-Qualifier
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The NCAA has finally made a decision concerning Ohio State commit LaQuinton Ross, and it’s not what the Buckeyes were hoping to hear.
The University confirmed Monday that Ross has been designated a non-qualifier by the NCAA and cannot be on Ohio State’s roster when practice starts on October 14th.
He also cannot be on scholarship or practice with the Buckeyes until he is reinstated.
As a result, the 6-foot-8 forward will not attend Ohio State this fall and is once again considered a recruit. According to sources, Ross will return to his hometown of Jackson, Miss. as he attempts to regain eligibility.
The 6-foot-8, 195-pound small forward transferred from Murrah High School in Mississippi to Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey at the start of the 2009-10 academic year.
The 4-star prospect with a 7-4 wingspan committed to the Buckeyes in August of 2010 and was expected to be an instant contributor for Thad Matta’s squad this fall. But there was an issue with his transcripts from his original high school back home in Mississippi and the NCAA Clearinghouse decided that Ross had not qualified to participate in the 2011-12 season.
Without Ross, the Buckeyes still have a solid freshman class that includes point guard Shannon Scott, wing Sam Thompson and a pair of big men in Amir Williams and Trey McDonald.
The season opener for the Buckeyes is scheduled for Nov. 11 against Wright State.
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