Earlier in the week, we had this bit of scuttlebutt going on:
According to the four letter network, LaQuinton Ross has decided to forgo his last year of his college eligibility and opt in to the NBA draft next season. Here is the official word from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross will declare for NBA Draft, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 24, 2014
It is now official; LaQuinton Ross notified the Ohio State coaching staff today that he intends to forego his senior year for the purpose of pursuing a professional basketball career. So here we are; LQR is “gone, baby, gone”.
Ross averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds this last season as the offensive catalyst for the Buckeyes. After a strong tournament performance his sophomore season, the Jackson, Mississippi native carried Ohio State at points during his junior season. Upping his average minutes by 13 this season, Ross shot 45% from the floor and 73% from the charity stripe.
LQR has had some impressive moments as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, including his dagger of a three that sent his squad to the Elite 8 last year with the defeat of a very talented Arizona Wildcat team.
It is unclear where Ross is projected to land in the NBA Draft. The experts have pinned him to be drafted anywhere from the mid first to the late 2nd round if drafted at all.
There is no doubt that Ross was a unique talent and brought something to campus that the Buckeyes haven’t had in a while. He was a treat to watch, especially as he developed over his three years under Thad.
A true diverse weapon, was he. LaQuinton, thank you for the memories, and the best of wishes in your career.