Coming off a 22-point beatdown of Duke, the last thing Ohio State really needed was another talented player to join the fold.
On Thursday night, that’s exactly what happened, as touted freshman LaQuinton Ross was cleared by the NCAA to play for the Buckeyes. Ross was denied eligibility in September after his high school GPA and SAT score were deemed insufficient.
He retook the test on November 5, and the NCAA notified Ohio State that he was good to go.
“We are excited to get LaQuinton back,” head coach Thad Matta told The Columbus Dispatch. “I don’t have a timetable for when he will be ready to compete. A lot will depend on what he has done while away and how quickly he picks things up.”
Ross, a 6-foot-8 small forward originally from Mississippi, was a top-10 recruit during the early part of his high school career. His ranking dropped during his junior and senior seasons, but he is still as talented as anyone in the class. Ross is an excellent 3-point shooter who can also create his own shot off post-ups or mid-range jumpers. The problem with Ross is his work ethic; he simply doesn’t play hard on a consistent basis.
If he’s focused and working hard, he’ll be a huge asset for Matta and the Buckeyes.
Like they needed more weapons.
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