March 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio-LaQuinton Ross, a junior on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, notified the coaching staff Friday he will forgo his senior year of eligibility to pursue a professional basketball career, Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced.
Ross, a 6-8 forward from Jackson, Miss., led the Buckeyes in scoring with 15.2 points per game this season. He also was the squad’s top rebounder with 5.9 boards a contest. Ross started all 35 games as a junior and appeared in 81 games during his career. He scored a total of 858 career points (10.6 ppg.) on 299 of 662 shooting from the field (.452).
“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said. “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.”
Matta said Ross made significant contributions during his Ohio State career.
“LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years,” 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.”