It's Official: LaQuinton Ross to the NBA

By Kyle Rowland on March 28, 2014 at 2:57p
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After days of reports and speculation, Ohio State made it official Friday: junior forward LaQuinton Ross will forego his senior season of eligibility and make himself available for the NBA draft. 

ESPN and the Columbus Dispatch reported Ross's decision earlier in the week. His high school coach indicated to the Dispatch that the news wouldn't be made public by the university until a prepared statement was done. 

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

“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said in a statement. “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.”

Ross becomes the second Ohio State player in a week to leave the team. 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.

“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.”

Ross's NBA draft stock is on both ends of the spectrum. 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 NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton, Ross said he would consult his family, coaches and draft advisors in deciding which direction to take his career.

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

The Buckeyes could also add a body before the start of next season. Temple power forward Anthony Lee, a graduate transfer, has Ohio State on his top five, which also includes Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville and Notre Dame. 

Lee, 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, started 27 games last season for the Owls and averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He will be eligible to play immediately. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Good luck Q! Hope it's the best decision for you and your family!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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markymark69's picture

Good luck!  I think he needs more time, but if he thinks he's doing what's best for family, good for him.

 

 

vitaminB's picture

I wouldn't say he's officially off to the nba unless you consider the combine the nba. 

buckeyeEddie27's picture

We hardly knew thee.   

Good Luck.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Best of luck in your endeavors Q!

 

+3 HS
chili96's picture

This off-season is the first one in recent memory when I feel like we don't have a proven scorer waiting in the wings. When ET left, DT was coming up. When DT left, LQR was ready to take over. Now LQR is leaving and it's not clear who will fill the void.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

ET then Sully, then DT. 

Can't leave out the big man, C'mon now.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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chili96's picture

Right. I missed Sully.

-1 HS
JakeBuckeye's picture

Well, D'Angelo Russell is a shooting guard and the most hyped recruit we've had in a couple of years. I'm not knowledgable enough about him to say he's a scorer though, I would just assume we will be counting on him from day one being that he is a shooting guard.

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Squirrel Master's picture

Russell is a combo guard. He is really good at being an all around player but he does excel at scoring. He has a nice outside shot and can also drive the ball. 

but I won't say its all on D'Angelo. KBD is a nice scorer from all over. Tate is a proven scorer as a wing. Kam Williams has the best floater I have seen coming out of high school (and I really thought he would have helped this team this year). 

I believe Q's scoring won't be missed too much, especially when he was pretty inconsistent himself. I do think this team will be better defensively without him, but then again losing Craft will hurt there. 

If this team next year struggles, I think it would be more of the loss of both Craft and Q then each individual. 

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

JakeBuckeye's picture

Kam Williams' injury held him back I believe, unfortunately.

d5k's picture

Mono, so he could've played but it would've been a waste like Q's freshman year since he would be the 5th guard (4th if he eventually beat out ADV, not beating out the other 3 after missing camp).

NitroBuck's picture

Dude, a greatly enlarged spleen is one of the symptoms of mono.  Doctors take a very dim view of mono patients playing sports, when any shot to the abdomen may result in a ruptured spleen.  Hell, doctors typically don't want patients to drive a car or ride a bike.  And that is if the patient even has the energy to participate in a sport.  A lot of kids are wiped out for 4-6 weeks.

Ferio.  Tego.

3cent's picture

When ET left it was more than just Sully. Diebler, Buford, and Lighty could light it up, too.

topgun67's picture

he is off to Europe.. can't see him making NBA with his work ethics.  he has talent but rest i haven't seen it.  good money in Europe. he has kid so good luck.  can't say i will miss him that much 

 

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JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm glad we have an insider here at 11W who is able to attend every private Ohio State practice, shoot around, and team meeting and is able to evaluate Q's work "ethics."

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nw_ohio_Buckeye's picture

You're right perhaps Top Gun isn't an insider. However, Coach Matta is as insider as they get. You can glean from his comments on Q over the years and theorize that perhaps Q was leaving a little in the tank or could be more coachable at times. Regardless, Q is and will always be a Buckeye. He helped us as a team and I wish him all success. Thanks Q! Go Bucks! 

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" ~ Woody Hayes 

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ibuck's picture

Is it conceivable, is it even possible that...

LQR didn't trust Matta, and that spread to Amir or others on this team?

That this team didn't accept coaching as well as they might, or play hard for 40 minutes due to that?

That Matta & coaches didn't try too hard to get Q to stay?

Or am I reading the tea leaves wrong?

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

The team this year accomplished far more than anybody could rightfully hope for given the number of players they had that could not possibly shoot a basketball.  They were "coachable" enough to be the best defense in the B1G and you can't do that without athletic ability combining with effort and the knowledge to get to the right spot on the court.  Ross had a fantastic year, and if this thread is any indication of the kind of  . . .

Just best of luck to you Q.

Squirrel Master's picture

Buck, its conceivable but I would trust Matta's record over any of them. if players didn't give it their all, its on them. Not on Matta! 

again, this team wasn't going to be as good as teams in the past. So saying Matta didn't get as much as he could out of this team is more than likely inaccurate. They were limited from the beginning. Anyone who thought this team would have been any better was fooling themselves. Too much talent has left over the past couple of years. 

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

d5k's picture

I think I was assuming leaps from both Scott and Thompson that did not happen at all.  They are both basically the same player they were at the beginning of their sophomore years.  Not just jump shooting, but attacking the rim aggressively and effectively finishing around the basket.

ibuck's picture

I'm not blaming Matta, who is terrific, or the other coaches. I suspect players didn't trust / respect the coaches, and, as a team, underperformed for stretches during many games. For instance, they gave up too many fast break lay-ups—one after a made OSU free throw ! And they often shot free throws poorly. 

Despite their performance and a lack of players to substitute, Matta was still able to coax 25 wins from this team, when in preseason he knew they would have to score by committee. And they often did not—and lost. I think Matta wanted to win a whole lot more than this group of players. Perhaps some of these hoopsters thought, like some of our football players, that once you get to play at OSU, winning is guaranteed.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Thanks for sharing TopTroll.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Ball-Z-Buck's picture

Hope he can learn a foreign language because he isn't playing in the USA

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d5k's picture

I don't think anyone has made this comment yet.  Thanks for your incredibly original and thoughtful contribution.

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Danify's picture

Even if true(unproven yet) it's an six-figured paid job to do what he loves and provide for his family. Best of luck to him as he will always be an Buckeye!

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AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

Best of Luck and thank you Q but the headline should read "It's Official:  LaQuinton Ross to Pro Basketball" because it's no guarantee that he is even going to be drafted.

Rendezvous With Destiny

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I don't know man...good luck, hope you succeed, Q...but I don't know.

Class of 2010.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Go kill 'em, Q! Thanks for a lot of good times over the past three years. He's a stud!

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sbentz4's picture

I don't really understand it.  This is a good NBA draft, probably would be better off staying.  Don't know his situation, so I won't judge.

Seattle Linga's picture

Enjoy the combine and best of luck - wish you would have stayed but enjoyed the time while you were here. 

Thanks again for hitting the game winner against Zona last year !!!!

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mtrotb's picture

Pick up a copy of Fodor's Travel Guide.

mtrotb

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Does guys that forego eligibility to enter the draft and wind up going undrafted regret their decisions? Or does overseas pay well enough to make that a non factor?

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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chili96's picture

I think most hope for the NBA but are OK with getting payed to play in Europe. I think this is especially the case with those that leave early and hire an agent, otherwise if they had an NBA or bust mentality, they wouldn't hire an agent and would go back to school for another year. If some people are out there saying you could go in the first round or late second round, then I'm not sure they would regret their decision. LQR doesn't strike me as someone who loves being in school (pure speculation on my part).

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okiebuck's picture

Au revoir LaQuinton, bonne chance!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

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German Buckeye's picture

I for one wouldn't pass up an opportunity to make 300-400k annually (minimally) to play a game. Q, get what u can here or across the pond. 

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TLeeUpInThisJ's picture

After a rough start his freshman year, he turned out to be a very good player. I think fans should respect his decision -- he can make good money for someone in his early 20's even if he ends up playing in Europe. I hope he makes an NBA roster, but playing Europe could be pretty cool if you're up to living abroad. People will tell Ross, "Look at DeShaun Thomas...what a mistake he made leaving early". DeShaun Thomas is getting paid ~$150k/year, which is big money for someone that age, and playing in Paris, France (not a bad place to live!). He's also on the same team as David Lighty. We forget about these guys when they go abroad, but they do well for themselves.

Good luck to Q. I'll never forget that "cold-blooded 3" he made to beat Arizona in the Sweet 16 last year!

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Raider85's picture

I respect his decision to leave and hope he makes it in the NBA and it actually may help OSU to get a fresh start in 2014/15 with all the new faces as it opens up playing time which should stir up competition in practice.

Raider85

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buckeyes7222's picture

Not that I won't miss Q, but I believe this opens up a starting spot for the next up and comer, Marc "LOVING THE GAME" Loving! Can't wait to see what he does with a bigger role

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I always hate to see any Buckeye leave early but am always thankful for the effort they put out for the team and the university!  Good luck Q!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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skid21's picture

I wish Q luck but of all our early departures (other than ADV) this is the least painful for me. I hope he makes a NBA team but I'm very doubtful. At least he'll be making more money in Europe than he would in Columbus so who could blame him.

mr.green's picture

Q will be a winner at whatever he chooses. Good luck, Buckeye!  I will miss you. 

jamesrbrown322's picture

Anyone else miss this guy -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXn2mU92nl0

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

hit_the_couch's picture

I hope he at least secured a combine invite.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

jamesrbrown322's picture

Thanks for everything Q, especially this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvpoFauXie4

Go Bucks!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

NitroBuck's picture

I've enjoyed watching you play, Mr Ross.  Sad to see you go, but I understand the decision. Buona fortuna!  Better yet, I hope you make it in the NBA so you won't have to hear that phrase.

Ferio.  Tego.

Eastside Buckeye's picture

Should be "LaQuinton Ross to an overseas league"... I just don't see him in the league yet. If DT couldn't I am confident Q won't just IMO

"Life is a course and imma shoot for par." - Dewayne Carter

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Bourbon Meyer's picture

Meh. Bring on D'Angelo and Keita.

Oh, and GO DAYTON F***** FLYERS!!!

-1 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

Disappointing, I think Ross could have had a breakout senior season, but it's hard to walk away from millions of dollars when you are projected to go late first or early second round.  He has those long arms and he is silky smooth, good moves to the hoop also, I think he has the potential to be a contributor in the NBA.  He'll definitely have to take it up a notch or two though.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

+1 HS
741's picture

Millions of dollars?