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Buckeyes Ross in stands tonight; on court soon?

Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:54 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

LaQuinton Ross will be sitting in the stands in Columbus for Ohio State's matchup with Duke later tonight. In less than two weeks, the long and extremely talented wing could be on the court when the Buckeyes travel to play Kansas on Dec. 10.

Sources told CBSSports.com that a decision is expected by the NCAA clearinghouse any day regarding Ross - who was ruled an academic non-qualifier in September.

The 6-foot-8 Ross, who is in Columbus on an official visit, is an "X" factor for the Buckeyes -- if he is cleared by the NCAA, which is expected to be the case.

Ross is exceptionally gifted. He's long and athletic, can shoot it from deep and is able to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. The knock on the Mississippi native, who transferred to a prep school in New Jersey midway through high school, is his work ethic and intensity on the court.

Ross spent the summer in Columbus, playing pickup with the team - and coach Thad Matta told me that he was certainly talented enough -- and in line -- to start for the Buckeyes.

Now he's certainly fallen behind while back home taking online courses and also trying to improve his test score. Sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith has been solid as the team's fifth starter along with Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, William Buford and Deshaun Thomas.

At worst-case scenario, if Ross is cleared, he'll give Ohio State quality depth on the wing. Best case? Ross finds a way into the starting lineup before the end of the season.

That's not out of the question.
Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Buckeyes Ross in stands tonight; on court soon?

Maybe watching from the stands will give him incentive enough to put something towards academics.. if only to add some self-discipline.  



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Buckeyes Ross in stands tonight; on court soon?

I watched him play in the derby festival classic and he is just nasty! This game had 7 burger boys and nothing but top 50 tallent and he was BY FAR the best player in the game.  He had 27pts and 14rbs and was bringing the ball up the court.  I set very close to the front row and players were actually arguing over who was going to guard him!  I'm not kidding.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Buckeyes Ross in stands tonight; on court soon?

The rich get richer. I love it.



Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Buckeyes Ross in stands tonight; on court soon?

Nice


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