Ross Foregoing Senior Season With Buckeyes for Pro Career
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As has been expected for the last week, on Friday Ohio State junior forward LaQuinton Ross announced that he would forgo his senior season with the Buckeyes and pursue a career in professional basketball.
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Ross led the Buckeyes in scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounds (5.9 rpg) this past season, starting all 35 games in the process.
For the second season in a row, Ross finished on a relative high note, and this time around he felt that the time was finally right to take that next step.
“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said in a release from OSU. “Coach Matta, my teammates and the staff were amazing to work with on a daily basis. My goal has always been to play at the next level and I believe now is the best time.”
Ross scored 858 points in his career, averaging 10.6 points per game in his three seasons. He also finished with 320 rebounds for an average of 4.0 rebounds per game.
A career .452 shooter from the field, Ross also made 79 of his 217 three-point attempts (.364). He had nine 20-point games in his 81-game career. The Buckeyes went 85-26 over his three seasons.
“LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years,” Thad Matta said. “His goal is to compete at the highest level possible. He will have that opportunity because of the work he has put in to prepare for this day. He will be missed at Ohio State and we wish him nothing but the very best.”
Basketball Insiders currently ranks Ross as the #63 prospect in the 2014 NBA Draft, while DraftExpress.com projects Ross to the Chicago Bulls with the #18 pick in the second round.
A more promising projection comes from CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish, who sees Ross going to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round with the 33rd overall pick.
The NBA Draft will be held Thursday June 26.
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