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LaQuinton Ross cleared to play at Ohio State

Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:34 pm

By Jeff Borzello

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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Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:12 pm

LaQuinton Ross cleared to play at Ohio State

thad matta isnt silly enough to rush him into playing time, when he isn't ready. his time before big ten action will be severely limited, if not 0. His participation on the team this year will be useful down the stretch in february, but matta has shown his unlikelyness of going to the bench in the Big ten tourny, and MM. 

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:56 pm

LaQuinton Ross cleared to play at Ohio State

All we need is maybe 10 minutes of Ross till tourny to give DeSean Thomas a small breather at the stretch 4 and natutral 3. If Ross , Big Amir, and Air Sam Slama-lama  can be ready for limited  minutes like Scotts getting now we goto 9 deep!

C Sully(start)/ Ravenel 15min/Amir ten minutes 
PF Thomas/ Sully 5min*/ Ross* 2min
SF Buford/ Sam Thompson 10min/ Ross 8min
SG Smith/ Siebert/ Buford*
PG Craft/ Scott 10 min

* for when they play down a few in big lineup of Ravenel 6-10, Sully 6-9, Ross6-8, Bufford6-6, Craft 6-3

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:49 pm

LaQuinton Ross cleared to play at Ohio State

this team just keeps getting better

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:16 pm

LaQuinton Ross cleared to play at Ohio State

I always watch to see how mid-season additions affect team chemistry.  Even though they have been winning their games fairly easily, I see when I watch the Bucks a lot of superior play but a team chemisty that is still developing.  Hopefully he will be able to get some touches as this team develops its identity.

As far as the work ethic, I trust Matta.  Besides, Ross will only be cutting his own throat with the NBA if he doesn't put out at this level.

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