LaQuinton Ross Leaves Ohio State for NBA

By Kyle Rowland on March 24, 2014 at 3:20p
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Junior forward LaQuinton Ross will forego his final year of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the NBA Draft, according to sources of ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Ross’s decision comes just four days after the Buckeyes’ were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Sweet 16-bound Dayton.

Ross started all 35 games last season, averaging a team-high 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He scored at least 20 points in eight games, including a career-high 26 against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament. Ross failed to reach double figures in only seven games.

His NBA draft stock is markedly different depending on the scout, draft analysis or front office personnel. ESPN’s Chad Ford has Ross going in the first round, NBADraft.net has him going late in the second round and others don’t have Ross being selected at all.

Following Ohio State’s loss to Dayton, Ross said he would consult his family, coaches and draft advisors in deciding which direction to take his career. He also admitted the Buckeyes’ roster makeup would play a part in the decision-making process.

“Jared [Sullinger] knew what he was coming back to with a great system,” Ross said. “The year that Will [Buford] came back they brought in our class, so they knew they were going to have players around them.”

Ross didn’t believe he would have the same supporting cast in 2014-15, despite the return of Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Marc Loving and arrival of D’Angelo Russell and Keita Bates-Diop.

Ross becomes the second Ohio State player in three days to leave for the professional ranks. Reserve sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle announced Saturday that he would pursue opportunities to play professionally in his native Italy. 

In Thad Matta’s 10 years as head coach of Ohio State, he’s now lost 10 players to the pros – Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos, Byron Mullens, Evan Turner, Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas, Della Valle and Ross.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 24.


UPDATE (3:35 P.M.): Ross, for his part, is denying the report and claiming he has yet to reach a decision:

109 Comments

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I figured this was coming. Best of luck wherever you land Q.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

Good luck LQ.  Hope you make a team.  Make the S&G proud!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Respect his decision, but humbly disagree with it. However, best of luck, and once a Buckeye always a Buckeye. I really hope things work out for him and he can stick in the NBA without having to head overseas like Tank.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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RedStorm45's picture

Can we skip the '14-'15 season?  Yikes.  The only saving grace may be landing Turner.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Another NIT championship might not be that bad...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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ghalephoto's picture

We aren't even on Turners Radar.  Look at his latest news we are less than 1% chance.  Turner is gone.  Kennard is gone. Ross is gone.  See the theme?

 

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RedStorm45's picture

I was trying to be optimistic, stop raining (snowing!) on my parade!

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ColoradoBuck's picture

Time to work on his French.

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CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

My thought exactly!

Pay It Forward!

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

The reference to Buford might be more telling than it seems at first, because he's Exhibit A that the "come back for your senior year so you can boost your draft stock" argument isn't foolproof by any stretch.

He needs a lot of work to be a NBA player, and the odds are against him, but I'm certainly not hoping he fails. 

This makes our prospects for 2014-15 bleak indeed. I'm not sure the average fan appreciates that yet, any more than they appreciated how much losing Thomas would affect this year's team (I sure recall a lot of confident "we'll be better off without him" comments a year ago at this time). We have no proven scorers coming back, and expecting freshmen to lead a contender is typically expecting too much.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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mh277907's picture

Best of Luck, Q. I, for one, am officially relieved that this season is over and I look forward to seeing some new faces on next year's squad.

buckeyebobcat

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BuckeyeSki's picture

I tried to muster up some faux outrage but....basketball

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thekornidentity's picture

@qross2011: To all the people tweeting me I haven't said anything so guys are wasting your time!! I didn't make a decision!

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

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Zimmy07's picture

Interesting - that is really on his twitter.

mrspray's picture

I love how Twitter gives someone the opportunity to immediately dispel rumors. We'll see if that tweet changes soon.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Boooo!!!!!

He's still a Buckeye....

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

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route4buckeye's picture

It was sarcasm. I wish him the best.

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wilkins0802's picture

I wish him the best of luck, but I am not sure he is ready. Good luck all the same though, hope he does great!

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Zimmy07's picture

Good luck in Europe, Q.

(Or in Columbus, should you decide to stay).

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OSUStu's picture

Thanks for this one Q:

 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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headina's picture

I love Ravenell on the bench. Knows it's in. 

GO BUCKS

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Buckeye5000's picture

Good catch. I hadn't noticed Ravenel before.

Go Bucks!

vitaminB's picture

He's leaving for the NBA?  Did he buy season tickets to the Cavs or something?

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daveyt11's picture

LOL...I spit out some diet pepsi on that one.

ab1993's picture
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mh277907's picture

Interesting tweet. Could be damage control - i.e. the report got out before he had a chance to tell the coaching staff/teammates personally. Or, it could be that he really has not made a decision yet. I guess we will find out soon enough.

buckeyebobcat

Nutinpa's picture

Or maybe the "damage control" is explaining to the guys coming back that he doesn't REALLY believe next year's team will suck as badly as hinted at in the article......in the context of the teams Sully and Buford came back to.

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OSUStu's picture

 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Barnsey69's picture

He gone.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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daveyt11's picture

Under that APR rule...does this impact our schollies since we lost 2 to early departue this year alone?

osu07asu10's picture

It may be dinged slightly but the APR score is impacted when players quit or withdraw from the university in the middle of a quarter/semester.

For instance, in order for LQ to be eligible for the second half of the season, he had to enroll for the Winter/Spring (don't know what they call it these days) Semester.  If he decides to go pro and stays in class maintaining a good academic standing the APR won't take a hit, but if he just withdraws, it hurts APR quite a bit.

Now that Ohio State is on semesters, I don't see this being a major issue as LQ or others have invested a significant amount of time into the semester and may have more motivation to just finish out the semester and not hurt the program.  Back when tOSU was on the quarter system, basketball players would have to enroll for spring quarter to be eligible for the end of the season / postseason play and may only attend a few classes before leaving/withdrawing.

I know for a fact that Cook did this, and I believe the same holds true for Koufos (left to train) and Mullens (who knows). I do believe that Oden and Conley stayed in class but could be wrong.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

northwest_buckeye's picture

If this is true, I wish him the best in his career...

But look what happened to Deshaun Thomas. Sometimes another year is worth more dollar bills in the long run. Oh well... Looking forward to some new faces next season.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

RedStorm45's picture

...and look what happened to Bill Buford.  Still in the D League I think.

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

I just saw on Goodman's Twitter that WVU Sophomore Eron Harris is transferring. He averaged 17+ ppg this season.

Ditto Jeremy Hollowell from Indiana.

Interestingly enough, both of these guys were teammates together at Lawrence North High in Indy, which is Greg Oden and Mike Conley's alma mater.

OSU did offer Hollowell coming out of high school, I'm guessing they'd be interested in both guys now.

* also on his Twitter, Temple transfer Anthony Lee has narrowed his choice down to 5: Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, Iowa State, Notre Dame.

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d5k's picture

Indiana likely would not let Hollowell come here unless he takes a year with no scholarship.  See Jared Uthoff and Bo Ryan.

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iball's picture

The D league pays better than the Buckeyes..so ive heard.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

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jeremytwoface's picture

Barely... 

D-league players only get like $25,000 at most.

 

 

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I really don't know if him declaring is the wisest thing for him to do.  He's a good scorer, but he has some things to polish up, like for example, his soft hands.  The difference with Sully is that Sully was pretty much ready to go pro after his freshman year, and he did stand more to lose than he did to gain by coming back.  I think it's the other way for Ross.

Then again, I thought Mullens should've come back, I thought Koufos should've come back, and I thought even Cook should've come back - but they didn't, and are doing pretty well in the NBA, so what do I know?

Class of 2010.

RedStorm45's picture

Cook is in Europe, and averaged 6.4 ppg (in 18.4 minutes per) in 328 career NBA games, registering 49 total starts.

Koufos has averaged 5.4 ppg (in 14.4 minutes per) in 263 career NBA games.

Mullens has averaged 8.4 ppg (in 21.1 minutes per) in 144 career NBA games.

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d5k's picture

Guys who are on the radar because of upside likely do not improve that upside by coming back.  They actually make it more apparent often that they will not reach their full potential.  If you are not on the radar because you lack the upside, you need to improve your base skillset to an all-american type level to become an NBA prospect.  See guys like Evan Turner, Damian Lillard.  But usually if you come back as a fringe draft prospect with upside, you end up hurting your stock like Buford.  He was a borderline 1st round pick as a freshman then evolved into undraftable as he aged and demonstrated his ceiling (pretty good but not great at a lot of things, limited athleticism) over 4 years of film.  I think Q is making the right decision.  He will likely get drafted just so Jay Bilas can talk about his wingspan.

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osu07asu10's picture

Chad Ford has LQ listed as the #1 ranked draft eligible shover and pusher and the #3 ranked "you've gotta be kidding me" incredulous look face...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Hilarious. Just wish you could have included something about a 6'8"guy  pump faking from the 3pt line. 

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route4buckeye's picture

A lot of you don't get it. He's not going to polish anything. He is what he is at this point. Take the money and run. He's got a kid.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

He could go all Johnny Manziel and start signing memorabilia for money. Then he claims that he has no knowledge of the situation.

LEBRON

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

While your plan in theory is proven to be genius, the one missing element is that OSU is not in the precious SEC.

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CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

I doubt there is a market for Q autos, a few Buck fans maybe. But not a Johnny Football demand!

Pay It Forward!

fear_the_nut70's picture

With a little time since the Dayton game, I think I have a bit more perspective.  During the year, I developed a love-hate relationship with this team.  Because they play for the good guys, and because these kids by and large have stayed out of trouble, I loved this team.  But I hated to watch them play--I describe the offense as pass three times around the perimeter, then a fourth pass with a guy who dribbles two steps in, only to decide he can penetrate, who then fires the ball to a guy on the 3 point line who bricks a shot.  It was maddening to watch, especially as I watch some teams in the tourney with multiple guys who can create offense.  I loved Craft for what he could do, but he isn't a scorer (and I am still shocked to see such terrible shooting mechanics for a guy at that level).  This team did only two things at a very high level--defensive pressure for spurts during the game and defend the inbounds pass on the baseline--that folks, aint enough.  As one commentator said it, it's still called basketball (meaning you win the game by putting the ball in the basket more than your opponent).  It is unbelievable to me to see a team that, aside from Q, had basically no offensive threat whatsoever (I will avoiad talking about Amir, as that only gets me angry).  Here is my question--is it time to question: 1) Thad's defense first philosophy; and/or 2) the players he has recruited/signed to execute that philosophy.  I am not a reactionary, and will never suggest that Matta coming to OSU was anthing other than a really good thing.  Maybe I am spoiled, as suddenly a 25 win season seems inadequate, but I have been left wondering if we have seen as far as this approach and this type of recruting will take us. I would love some feedback if you feel like talking some roundball...

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I have a few thoughts. First, it's been a long time since tOSU was as bad as we all remember it being pre-Matta. At some point that equity built has to disappear. Matta, while a great recruiter and defensive genius, has shown no development on the offensive side. Zero. This year it became apparent because he finally didn't have that elite offensive player. Also, while he is better than the majority of the coaches in the NCAA (so we need to be careful what we wish for) , he hasn't made that final push, both in winning (I.e. Championships when they've had some VERY favorable paths) and player development. Again, this year really showed the lack of development. There was no elite player to hide it.   Finally, he seems very resistant to change. Whether it's refusing to expand his rotation, bench players who show no effort, or play small ball when the situation clearly necessitates it, he seems far too willing to go down with the ship. Matta seems like a great guy and the players seem to love him but he needs to be willing to evolve. This is tOSU with a great brand and near bottomless war chest. Being ousted in the first game of the tourney is just unacceptable. 

d5k's picture

Please see my post below as you are so dead wrong it is not even funny.  It was a seamless transition from a top 10 Turner-Diebler offense to a #1 overall Sully-Diebler offense.  It isn't just that we lacked an elite offensive player, we had holes across the board on offense and lots of guys were afraid to take shots.  This is a bottoming out year on offense and it can only get better with the recruits coming in (may take a few steps back on defense).

Should Duke change their formula because they lost to Mercer AND Lehigh in recent years?  If you were a Duke fan you would probably say yes but you would also be horribly wrong.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Whatever. Not even going to bother reading a post that starts off telling me how dead wrong I am. Grow the fuck up. 

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d5k's picture

Knowing how to handle criticism of your position is a part of growing up.  And now you know.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

You are always on Matta's di.....back.  As CincyOSU is to ESPN comments, you are to Matta comments.

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d5k's picture

As long as the ratio of negative to positive Matta comments comes remotely close to approaching the ESPN ratio, which is something like 1 million / # of CincyOSU posts, I will have to beat the drum a bit.  Honestly, I get the frustration this year, the problem is it didn't start this year.  People on here were bashing the final four team in 2012 because they wanted Buford to shoot a higher % or something.  Hence Sullinger's comments about naysayers after beating Syracuse which I truly believe were directed at ultra-negative OSU fans on twitter, talk radio, and message boards like this.

d5k's picture

http://kenpom.com/index.php?y=2010

#8 offensive efficiency in 2010

http://kenpom.com/index.php?y=2011

#1 offensive efficiency in 2011

http://kenpom.com/index.php?y=2012

#5 offensive efficiency in 2012

http://kenpom.com/index.php?y=2013

#11 offensive efficiency in 2013

This is the first legitimately bad offense under Thad since the NIT season in 2008.  The Turner, Sully and Deshaun based offenses were all significantly different in style but largely effective.  Let's not overreact because we had some perception that the offense was bad in 2012 and 2013 when really it was very good.  This in retrospect will look like a rebuilding year in Thad's career.  The 2011 recruiting class has been a bust in multiple ways as the size and depth of the class forced Sibert to transfer when he fell down the depth chart, yet the players that remained were not well rounded enough to handle the larger roles required when Buford/Sullinger/Thomas were gone.

The class coming in next year along with Loving and Kam Williams will be the foundation of the next several years of Buckeye basketball.  They have more well rounded and diverse skillsets with Tate being the only defense-first guy really out of the group.  And he has a lot of David Lighty in him.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

First, let me know when the abridged version is available. Also, if you are going to vomit stats to support your position than you're already wrong. Like stats can't be skewed to support your stance. The fact that you consider Deibler elite says it all. 

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sb97's picture

LOL the abridged version?  Really?  Did you really consider that a long post?

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

Paraphrased: "Quit trying to confuse me with the facts!"

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Jack Fu's picture

First, let me know when the abridged version is available. Also, if you are going to vomit stats to support your position than you're already wrong. Like stats can't be skewed to support your stance. The fact that you consider Deibler elite says it all. 

Tell me your theory about how the Earth is flat again?

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d5k's picture

We all know that science can be skewed to support your stance too.  Sometimes I consume knowledge too fast so it gets vomited all over ignorant folk.

buckeye4life050233's picture

problem with those is that we still loss to inferior teams in the ncaa tourney and with the scorers to give us those offensive stats they were trouble on the eyes on the defensive side of the ball.  Deshaun was very poor with his defensive footwork and gave up 6-10 points a night alone to the guy he was guarding.  Sullinger had no vertical defensive game to block shots (he was a great rebounder though).  Just would be nice to blend a top 10 defense with a top 10 offense one year and win the ncaa finally

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d5k's picture

There is a high probability that the best team entering any NCAA tournament will lose to an inferior team.  Actually there is a very high probability that several of the top seeds will lose to inferior teams at some point in each tournament.  

I say this because those teams were very strong defensively and offensively, despite the relatively minor flaws you pointed out.  Those flaws do not compare to the offensive problems this year's team had.  All of those teams guarded the ball well without fouling, like all of Matta's teams.  Some were better than others but none of his defenses have been nearly as bad as the offense was this year.

I think having a more diverse group of skillsets on offense and defense will help us rebound into a top 5 team.  Next year's recruits should help there, hopefully bolstered in 2015.

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buckibri's picture

Stop with facts, they just get in the way of opinions.

AndyVance's picture

Not to dispute the Kenpom rankings cited, but this entire discussion is - almost by definition - subjective. Yes, we can apply statistics to support or illustrate a given opinion, but at the end of the day the question is still one of an opinion: is That Matta a good/great coach? Most would say yes, some would say no, either way it's an opinion.

Taken a step further, looking at the offensive efficiency stats cited, those all appear to be solid numbers, but therein lies the rub: are top 10 offensive efficiency ratings the goal, or is the objective to hang banners in the Schott? If it's the former, then we've been on a helluva run; if the objective is tournament titles, then we clearly have a ways to go yet.

So let's not be so dismissive of opinions just because we don't agree with them - the assertion that these past four or five seasons have been fields of gold dotted with grazing unicorns is still just an opinion, even if most of us hold it as our own.

d5k's picture

I should have added that our offensive efficiency this year was 129th to drive the point home.  The minor flaws the last couple years became major ones this year.  

Expectations are high but I think there's some cognitive biases pervasive throughout these arguments.  The goal for the coach is to be the grandmaster at the chess board and deploy his pieces in such a way that he has a schematic advantage.  If he also has better pieces like queens and rooks up against bishops and knights then that is another advantage (recruiting/development).  But the difference with sports is the randomness factor.  The better team doesn't always win, it is only favored to win.  But in a tournament context, the very best team is a huge underdog against the field in the NCAA tournament.  Florida was 4-to-1 to win the whole thing going into the tournament.  Ignoring the house's cut, that means 80% of the time it was expected that some team other than the #1 favorite was going to win the tournament.  So if you go into every NCAA tournament as the #1 favorite, you will only win 1 out of 4 or 5 of them most likely.  Some teams are so dominant like 2011 Kentucky and 2007 Florida that it is closer to 50/50 but in the current format you will likely not have a team that is a favorite vs. the field.  Matta had the #1 overall and #2 overall teams and made a title game and a sweet 16 with those teams.  The draw you get factors in a bit but sometimes you are just unlucky and lose a 1 point game despite outplaying your opponent.  It is really hard to go on a 6 game winning streak including 5 good to great teams, even if you are a great team. He also made a final four with a 2 seed and has had a reasonable distribution of upsets and deep runs with very good but not dominant teams.  

The cognitive bias I reference is mainly just being too results-oriented particularly with small sample sizes.  Things like kenpom stats and recruiting help reinforce that Matta is doing things right in the long run, even if we just dealt with a painful loss in a win or go home 1 game scenario.  The objective is to hang banners, but the best evidence of whether you are optimizing your chances to hang FUTURE banners is not previous banners hung, it is HOW your team performs over larger sample sizes of data.  And this belies the fact that he has hung 2 final four banners and multiple conference regular season and tournament title banners.  My opinion, supported by facts, is that Matta has done a damn fine job of putting us in position to compete for titles and he is the best man we could get to continue that effort.

 

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Jack Fu's picture

The cognitive bias I reference is mainly just being too results-oriented particularly with small sample sizes.  Things like kenpom stats and recruiting help reinforce that Matta is doing things right in the long run, even if we just dealt with a painful loss in a win or go home 1 game scenario.  The objective is to hang banners, but the best evidence of whether you are optimizing your chances to hang FUTURE banners is not previous banners hung, it is HOW your team performs over larger sample sizes of data.

Extremely well put. People just don't want to accept the fact that sporting events are essentially weighted random number generators. Every single game is a coin-flip; it's just that the odds aren't 50/50 every time. A coach's responsibility is to optimize the percentage likelihood that the coin will land in his team's favor. When OSU played Dayton the coin was probably weighted 66/34 in the Bucks' favor (according to KenPom's log5 analysis, at least). Unfortunately, the coin landed on the 34 side that day. As humans we don't like to accept the role that variance and randomness play in sports (or our lives in general) - that's why you always hear soundbites about people "refusing to lose," and "willing their team to win," and "just wanting it more." 99% of the time it's BS; if you say one team "refused to lose," you're implicitly saying that the other team "accepted" losing, which is not the case.

AndyVance's picture

The 2011 recruiting class has been a bust in multiple ways as the size and depth of the class forced Sibert to transfer when he fell down the depth chart, yet the players that remained were not well rounded enough to handle the larger roles required when Buford/Sullinger/Thomas were gone.

This may be the first time I've ever heard anyone explain a complete recruiting bust as a result of a class being too big and too deep... That problem has not seemed to plague the Dukes and Kentuckys of the world in quite the same way it has us... While Duke took an early exit this year and Kentucky's lost season was last year, I think you have to take what you've said one of two ways: either the players in the class weren't all that awesome to begin with, which would sort of obfuscate your claim altogether, or the coaching staff failed to train, develop or otherwise coach them into fulfilling their potential.

Yes, even the greatest coaches have a player that washes out, despite their obvious talent and skill set (how many articles do we read about the famous five-star flops on the gridiron, for example), but for an entire class to go belly-up has to be a black mark against either the recruiting itself, or against the development of the players once they arrived on campus.

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d5k's picture

Kentucky is the more applicable example with their NBA roster turnover.  Duke, Kansas, etc. typically have more roster stability and bring in 2-4 man classes every year rather than having a lull followed by monster 6 and 5 man classes.  I was just pointing out that the back to back huge classes led to a competition for spots but instead of the guys who lose the competition waiting their turn, they felt compelled to transfer because there was no light at the end of the tunnel where they would have a starting spot.  If the classes are more spread out you can say "hey player X is a senior so that's a spot you can compete for next year".  There was no carrot to dangle for Sibert.  He felt that he would be behind Lenzelle/Thompson his whole career here.

AndyVance's picture

That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.

buckeye4life050233's picture

it's interesting to note that we were on scholarship restrictions when those tough decisions were made i.e. letting sibert and Weatherspoon go.  all due to the quarter system osu was on and oden and koufos and the other 1 and done's hurt our APR.  It made an impact that we really didn't even notice until you see other teams play 10-11 deep and we play 8 max most of the time

Matt's picture

I like that Ross made the decision quickly and didn't drag it out; it should help us with recruiting.  With Q Ross gone, we're losing 57% of our PPG production (40.0 ppg between Ross, Craft, Smith, and ADV out of 69.8 ppg total).  The situation is perfect for a new player to come in and be the man/main offensive threat alongside establish senior role players like Slam, Scott, and Williams.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I don't think its a parallel to compare himself to Sully and Buford. Especially not Sully, Sully had a golden ticket to the NBA.

I wouldn't mind him leaving to be honest. I think he was out of position for his skill set (he is a SF, not a post position player like PF). I think KBD might actually surpass him if he stayed and then he would be in a battle with Sam for the SF spot. If not Loving passing him.

Plus D'angelo and KBD to me is more talent than the group of Scott, Amir, Q and Sam. D'angelo will be a revelation on this team next to Scott and KBD has some form of a post up game, which Q lacked and Amir has yet to refine beyond infantile! (I do like Amir but recognize he has a long way to go still)

Next years starting lineup without him is Scott, Russell, Thompson, KBD and Amir (hopefully Bell or if Turner comes on board). That lineup actually sounds better to me going forward! I think KBD is going to be awesome

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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d5k's picture

I agree that he didn't fit the stretch 4 / small ball 5 role that Deshaun was so perfect for.  Loving should be able to do more in that role in the future along with Bates-Diop.  I disagree that he would lose his spot because he is too good of a scorer.  But we won't miss him THAT badly.  

You think KBD will beat out Loving from day 1?  I think Loving gets the early nod but it will become 50/50 minutes-wise.  And Tate will be the fill-in for whoever needs a breather guy that can play nearly any position in a pinch.

Squirrel Master's picture

KBD and Loving might not be as good of a scorer as Q but I bet KBD plays better defense and Matta wants defense more than scoring, especially with Russell and other shooters coming into the lineup. and KBD can score too, so its not like he would be a massive drop off from Q.

I think Loving needs a bit of refinement and he will be great as that stretch 4. I think KBD will have the most overall talent of him, Loving and Q but you are correct that Loving won't give up the spot without a fight. Either way, I think they both fit better than Q does at the 4.

I think Tate will be redshirted because of his injury. Especially with Kam coming off his redshirt at SG. I also think David Bell will get some PT and won't get redshirted. He might not be the huge center that Amir is but is is much more active and bigger than McDonald. I think Mcdonald gets pushed down to the 3rd center.

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d5k's picture

I think since Tate can come in for Thompson at the 3 that if he is healthy by the time camp comes around he will be in the mix.  Then you have 3 versatile guards, 2 3's, 2 4's and 3 5's for a 9-10 man rotation.  If Tate redshirts we are kinda thin and would need to switch up lineups to play KBD and Loving together at times when Thompson goes out.  I agree about Bell competing with McDonald for the backup 5.

Normal Buck's picture

KBD is going to be awesome.  If he gets a lot of PT next year, I think he and Loving will be on the floor together.  I think Amir would find more time on the pine.

Buckifan4Life's picture

I'm done with Amir. I hope Myles Turner comes to his senses and realizes he could start day one. Amir has no heart imo. He should just go do something else. How can you be seven foot tall and have no game? I just don't get it...

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741's picture

I'm sure Amir is heartbroken that you are done with him.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Miles Austin is probably a little beat up after being in the NFL for so long...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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topgun67's picture

sorry but Chad Ford must be really really optimstic.... and haven't seen Ross play in 2013-14 season (maybe just last season's NCAA tourney only). 

 

chirobuck's picture

yeah his credibility is going to take a shot to the balls after this draft

 
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chirobuck's picture

Not a good decision but best of luck to him, he wasn't the greatest buckeye ever but I was hoping he stayed cause he would have had a nice niche on next year's team if he had stayed, oh well

 
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DoubleB's picture

Best of luck to Q and his family. We'll miss you. Remember Buckeyes always have a home in Columbus.

I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over.
-Joey Bosa

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Can't he always come back after the workouts as long as he hasn't hired an agent?

LEBRON

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DenBuck's picture

Best Wishes, Q!

Buckeye For Life

TossTrap's picture

Hmmm.. . . . “I didn't make a decision!” Ross tweeted about 15 minutes after Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reported his departure on his Twitter account.

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

FROMTHE18's picture

meh, outside of a moment here and there, he really didn't have the 'wow' factor I was expecting when he came to OSU. On to the next one. 

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JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

So, is he gone or not? A lot of news out there saying he is, could someone clear this up for me?

Buckeye fan from PA

Buck Commander's picture

Hearing he might stay????????What is going on with him?

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Knarcisi's picture

LAQUINTON ROSS LEAVES OHIO STATE FOR NBA, we mean  EUROPE 

 

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Li Xiao Buckeye's picture

Think I'm going to wait for the ESPN article that confirms this.  No offense to the prognosticators out there but not going to start drinking heavily yet.

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine. - Bruce Lee

Buckifan4Life's picture

Good. Take Amir with you, please...

c92996p's picture

Am I the only one who loves Della Valle's name with all of those other studs?

theebuckeyecrew's picture

From 10TV News tonite he has not made  any decision yet.

ghalephoto's picture

Only reason Ross is tweeting this is because he doesn't want the info to come from a source outside of Ohio State.  Kid is showing some class by letting the university run the presser. 

TossTrap's picture

I agree. He let this slip and realized it was not done the proper way, through OSU. 

Nice, but seriously - you gotta know he's gone.

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Good luck, big guy!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Knarcisi's picture

What's with the hang up?  Think he actually went back to get Amir like some suggested ?

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mr.green's picture

Q chose Ohio State. That makes him a special person in my book.  Amir too. I try not to criticize anyone who chooses to wear the S&G. Yes they are not perfect. But they are Buckeyes.  I hope Q stays but I wish him great things in life and basketball whatever his decision. Time and change. 

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Q ---  you were so smooth driving to the lane.

Gonna miss you, LQ-R

OSUFlash's picture

Next years lineup: Scott, Russell, Thompson, Loving and McDonald. Diop, Tate and Williams off the bench.

That has NIT written all over it.

 

osuflash

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BAR43's picture

I guess I just dont understand basketball, but it seems rather logical to me that if your're not dominating college ball then you probably arent ready for the next leve. Just my 2 cents, but he showed some big inconsistencies in his shooting. Although he did improve defensively I am just not seeing how he will do well at the next level.

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daveyt11's picture

Agree...plus a college degree is more valuable long term than a Euro league contract, On the other hand, I understand he has a child he needs to take care of. I hope it all works out for him but I really wish young people today would get their lives in order before having kids. Best of luck Q.

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Barnsey69's picture

He should have given the Marcus Hall Double-Bird salute to the UD fans last week, then he could be making some jack for his signature while he waits for his on-court future to be decided.

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BuckeyeBBD's picture

Let him live.  I think he would really benefit to stay another year, build a better profile, and earn his degree, but at the end of the day I can't be angry or upset if he leaves.  I think he'll end up in Euro or the D League but here's hoping for his success with the NBA.

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twism21's picture

At this point, Q is who he is. He didn't make the leap we hoped from last year to this one. He can always come back later and work on his degree. Get paid, take care of your family. Good luck.