LaQuinton Ross Has Highest Body Fat Percentage at the NBA Combine

By DJ Byrnes on May 16, 2014 at 11:06a
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Well, this is not good.

LaQuinton Ross, who will have an uphill battle in making an NBA roster on opening day, has just posted the highest body fat percentage of any player at the NBA combine.

Ross' 16.3% body fat (at 239 lbs) is higher than New Mexico's seven foot center that weighs 252 lbs (13.6%).  Ross reportedly weighed 237 at last year's LeBron James Skills Academy.

LaQuinton has a workout scheduled with the Cavs on Monday, but these numbers will make teams question how serious LaQuinton has taken his training since being ousted from the NCAA tournament in March.

In other unfavorable NBA combine news, Aaron Craft tied 5'9" Jahii Carson as having the smallest wingspan among players measured.

Player Pos Body Fat Height (No Shoes) Reach Weight Wingspan
LaQuinton Ross SF 16.30% 6' 6.5" 8' 10" 238.7 lbs 7' 1.75"
Aaron Craft PG 6.10% 6' 0.75" 7' 10.5" 191.6 lbs 6' 2.00"

 

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Q..Europe say hello

 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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d5k's picture

Nik Stauskus came in at 12%, Kyle Anderson from UCLA at 13.3% and Marcus Smart at 10.55%.  But it certainly won't help the knock on Q that he lacks fast-twitch athleticism to defend NBA wings.

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d5k's picture

You are so glass half empty.  You could have reported on Craft's better than average body fat % and Q's elite wingspan

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Ha. Fair point.

Ross' 7'1.25" wingspan was 11th best at the combine. Craft's 6.1% body fat was 24th best measured.

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TMac's picture

It's good for your doctor to have low body fat !

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d5k's picture

And Ross's wingspan was 4th among guys that didn't have a "C" next to their name.  Joking about Craft mostly but if wingspan is used to correlate to how they perform on defense I don't think you can really call that a knock given his footwork on the defensive end.  The best tests for whether his game will translate might be the agility drills.

I would bet that you would find very few guys drafted who would test badly in BOTH body fat % and wingspan for their position.  You likely need to be exceptionally quick or exceptionally long to defend NBA players.  Evan Turner might have been below average in both but he was drafted for elite offense.  Guys like him and Jimmer Fredette have struggled though.  I wonder what the larger sample size looks like.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Doesn't that make two years in a row that OSU has the fattest prospect? I think it's time to see if Coach Mick has some spare time. 

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d5k's picture

You can filter on that site.  Deshaun wasn't the fattest but he was worse than average.  Will Buford came in at 11.3 which I recall being a knock on him but then I see Stauskus at 12% this year (and Q at 16).  Sully at 10.7% which is understandable considering his play style and body type.

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hit_the_couch's picture

16% is still pretty low compared to general population. 

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

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Jack Fu's picture

The general population doesn't play in the NBA.

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bukyze's picture

The general population has the waistline of a boulder.

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Buckeye5000's picture

Yea.....Boulder Colorado.

Go Bucks!

hit_the_couch's picture

16% also isn't that big of a deal is the point. Like the general population, Ross won't be playing in the NBA either.

5 to 10 lb loss, which is achievable in a couple weeks, is all he would need. That's if, and if, it would even affect his playing ability at all. There's guys in the league that play bigger than him at his height although leaner but are still carrying around more bulk.

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

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The Rill Dill's picture

I've thought for several years, that the play on the floor showed poor conditioning.

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Damonbuckeye's picture

As have myself the thing is anybody gonna question Matta why are tOSU players looking like wnba player's and will he just brush it off?? This goes to what I've been saying lately about Matta his ability or inability to develope players and his player evaluation in regards to recruiting..

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d5k's picture

Like I said elsewhere on here, I'm going to guess Sam Thompson's numbers are way better.  Sometimes the individual player's skillset and body type play a bigger role than a strength and conditioning program.  I'm going to guess Sully went from 20+% body fat when he got to OSU down to 10% at the combine at the end of year 2.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I would love to know what or if they have a strength and conditioning program. If they do, it's the worst in the nation from either a program standpoint or administration standpoint. Clearly these players (Buford, Thomas, Ross) aren't in one. 

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Lol. You must have studied A LOT of programs to determined we have the worst strength and conditioning program in the nation. Props!

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BuckWylde's picture

Damon B, despite your post getting off to a rocky start, the questions you pose about Thad are ones I've had for some time. Players don't seem to grow in this system and recruiting seems to hinge mainly on NOT coming from Columbus and whether the recruits have ever worked at a McDonalds in America. 

BuckWylde

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skid21's picture

So who should we hire to replace Thad? It seems you think we are in need of a coach who will be better at his job.

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BuckWylde's picture

Greg Marshall, Shaka Smart, Archie Miller, Kevin Ollie, Shaun Miller . . . how much time you got?  Thad has a lot of groupies here, for a guy who coaches a one dimensional system and lays defeat at de' feet of his players. (which I've seen in several interviews)

I know, I know--defense wins championships; . . . yeah B1G Ten championships.  I'm not saying that Matta needs to go, but he definitely needs to grow; attend a few coaching clinics, listen to his assistants, learn a discernable  offense to go with his trademark "D".           Thad Matta is undoubtedly the Moses of modern OSU Basketball. But keep in mind that it was a coach named Joshua that succeeded Moses and took his squad to the promised land.

BuckWylde

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skid21's picture

And which one of those guys has accomplished as much as Thad? You must be trollin'

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BuckWylde's picture

" . . . And which one of those guys has accomplished as much as Thad? You must be trollin'. . . "

Why must I be "trollin'?" . . . and what might you be rollin'?  Kevin Ollie just coached  UCONN to the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP and Archie Miller just took kids that weren't up to TOSU's lofty standards, called them Dayton Flyers and proceeded to out- coach Matta and send his former boss and my Buckeyes home from the big dance with Jordan Siebert's Nikes firmly wedged in their butts.   Understand that you're talking to one who, as a 9 year old kid, watched Fred Taylor coach OSU to it's ONLY national title so please forgive my reluctance to anoint Thad as the best ever 'cause he aint!

 What I'm saying is that coach Matta needs to prioritize continued growth as a coach so that he might someday win the NCAA title for Ohio State, and actually become what you seem to think he already is. 

BuckWylde

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AndyVance's picture

It is bothersome that every time someone says something reasonable like, "I have questions/concerns about Matta's conditioning program," that someone immediately counters with "Oh yeah, well who would you replace him with?" If my boss says, "Andy, you should get better at filing your TPS reports," should my counter be, "Oh year, well who are you going to replace me with?" Not hardly. We all have things we can do to improve - perhaps conditioning is one of the things Matta can improve in his program (and I have no idea if it should be or not, because I have not studied the combine data or other college programs of comparison).

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Killer nuts's picture

It seems that around this time each year we hear about high body fat percentages on Buckeye pro prospects. I think Deshaun and Sully had similar headlines. Makes you wonder a little about the conditioning and nutrition advice these guys are getting 

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d5k's picture

I don't think this is a relevant measurable for a big man.  Dwight Howard had over 10% according to that site.  The Buford/DT/Ross body fat % are concerning/strange though.  This is especially considering the # of minutes those guys were able to play their last years.

ibuck's picture

I suspect they are getting nutrition & conditioning advice, and some are accepting it about as well as they do coaching. Seems to me there was some lack of "want-to" on some team members last year. One indication is the team's poor FT shooting.  Improving your FT% takes a lot of individual practice once you get the fundamentals down. And OSU coaches are certain to be providing those fundamentals. I wonder how OSU's lineup would change if the players had to sink free throws before they could play, like one must do in a lot of pickup games.

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d5k's picture

I would guess Smith Jr, Thompson and Scott would all have much better body fat % numbers.  There's the whole trying hard on defense component to conditioning.

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The Rill Dill's picture

I think Buford had a very high body fat %, as well. 

RedStorm45's picture

Can Marotti pull double duty?  Tank, Buford, Ross...what kind of regimen are these guys on while at Ohio State?  (and we know they're going hungry, so food can't be the problem)

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

So Craft has the shortest wingspan yet is the greatest pickpocket the B1G has ever seen?  Although, maybe that helps him defend without fouling.  You can't get called for a reach-in if you can't reach, and so forth.

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

The thing I take away about Craft is that he was able to cause so many turnovers despite his short wingspan.  #Swoon.

So dreamy
Edit: I_run_the_Dave beat me to the point.  Maybe he is Aaron Craft on this site.

 

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teddyballgame's picture

So, no draftees for us this year?

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OSU069's picture

At least Q had a really large wingspan. It was like 7"1' or something. Hopefully this will convince NBA teams he can still play defense. 

d5k's picture

And at 240lbs they might be convinced he could play PF in a small ball lineup.  As long as they don't watch film of him trying to guard Adreian Payne.

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OSU069's picture

I actually thought he did a pretty decent job guarding bigger players throughout the year 

d5k's picture

He was alright, but DT was much better at that role on defense actually.  DT was terrible on defense away from the basket though.

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The Butler's picture

Misread the headline on the front page. I thought it said "ROSS THE FASTEST PLAYER AT NBA COMBINE" I thought to myself, "Why did we not get to see this speed during his time at Ohio State?" 

Then the light bulb went on FATTEST makes much more sense.

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d1145fresh's picture

I picture it being very similar to this:

 

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Curt Heinrichs's picture

You beat me to it. I was looking up gifs of Tony Perkis. Well done!

OSUFlash's picture

Does the NBA Combine still consist of seeing how many times they can bench 185 lbs? If so Craft should do quite well in that.
 

osuflash

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Jeremypreemo81's picture

Does the combine measure your heart and passion??  If so I think Craft would rate at the top...just sayin

BroJim's picture

Can't wait for football!

I season my simple food with hunger

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jedkat's picture

Carlos Hyde : El Guapo :: LaQuinton Ross : El Gordo

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over"

~ Joey Bosa

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BUCKfutter's picture

neither one is getting drafted, but if craft can learn to at least be a serviceable shooter, he will spend a long time in the league as a backup PG. if david lighty and deshaun thomas aren't in the NBA, ross won't be either.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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d5k's picture

This isn't like the NFL where lots of teams are lining up to sign undrafted free agents but I am not as pessimistic about their hopes of getting drafted.  

Ross has more upside than either of those guys did with his length and jump shot.  And Thomas is still in the Spurs organization, just farmed out to Europe until their roster gets blown up in a year or 2.  Craft is a borderline prospect but could get drafted.  I think Ross is likely to get drafted.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I'm sorry but this is just pathetic. As someone who played in high school, I understand it's hard to shoot on workout days, but Ross got pushed around his entire time at tOSU. There is absolutely no reason he shouldn't have had a weight training program. On top of that, body fat is mostly diet and cardio. Clearly that escaped him too.

So he went to the combine and basically screamed to the NBA that he's both lazy and mentally weak. Nice. 

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Silver Bullet 10's picture

Well, at least he can be compared to Carmelo Anthony.

German Buckeye's picture

Thought Crafty was always listed at 6'2 - seems they just have him over 6' and Ross is 6'6.5?  We do programs always list their players so much bigger.

d5k's picture

Because people typically wear shoes when they play basketball.

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PoKeY21's picture

Jr. High intimidation tactics at its finest baby!!!!

When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are passed, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass - Robert Knight

d5k's picture

With a guy like Ross, I wonder if he's been trying to put on weight since he is too skinny for the NBA.  I would think your body fat would jump up before your muscle when you are adding weight.

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vitaminB's picture

If you're working out and eating lean protien then you'll put on muscle.  If you're sitting around your mom's house eating fried catfish and grits, you will gain fat.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Muscle weighs more than fat. Theoretically you could probably put on fat quicker by being a disgusting glutton, but realistically adding muscle would serve him much better. Should have sought the tutelage of one Ryan Shazier! 

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MikeNugents BigToe's picture

After a lot of research... http://instagram.com/qross2011 If you just scroll through the food pictures. This whole article is pretty self explanatory. 

"Remember that 55 yarder against Marshall?" -Not Mike Nugent

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Well, I wish I was only 16% bodyfat.  Guess I won't be able to play in the NBA.  Damnit, there goes my dream. 

 

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BuckeyeChief's picture

He may just have a skinny neck, ya know? If it was done by tape (the ol' rope and choke) it is flawed...

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

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seafus26's picture

These explain alot of their below the rim games. 

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

36buck's picture

Never thought he was an NBA player

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KBonay's picture

Maybe a Larosa's in Columbus isn't a good idea....
 

PoKeY21's picture

Guy was a jerk his entire time in Columbus, and disappeared on the floor in which he had the most talent on either team. I don't think he even makes it in Europe, Maybe China.

When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are passed, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass - Robert Knight

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D. Anthony's picture

He's gone from being called  LaQuinton to Q to LaBamba (he was still my favorite player on the team so I left off Ross Hog...he could still have a better NBA career than some of them damn "Duke" boys!

D. Anthony

blazers34's picture

Deshaun Thomas was eleventy billion times better than Q, and if he's not in the league, I doubt Q will be either

oldbuck60's picture

Thad should get coach Mick to work on strength program!!!

 

oldbuck60

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Nutinpa's picture

Actually, Thad needs to find some players who can score.  He can worry about coach Mick later.

jralvarez's picture

Never understood the hate that this kid gets...  He CARRIED this team last year, should have started the moment he arrived on campus, and saved the teams ASS countless times.   All while Thompson, Craft, Williams, Scott, gets a free pass and couldn't hit the broad side of damn barn.  I'm glad they play defense...except that  basketball is not supposed to be played like rugby, and is about shooting the ******* ball, and frankly, he was the only damn one on the team with any ability to shoot.  NOW- for the fat jokes.  Lack of conditioning was rather apparent last year... I guess Matta is perfect and can do no wrong around here....  And like was mentioned previously, I too like Matta, but could name ten coaches off the top of my head that are much better at actually coaching.  If you guys call getting beat by Dayton, with ex players not "good" enough to start at OSU,  in the first round a success, well, then I can't help you..  Ya, but he got his 20+ wins...  hooray.  In defense of Matta, it appears he is bringing less offensively challenged athletes, and more basketball players.. Now go sell your soul Matta and get OSU Bragg!

Buckeyejohnny

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BuckeyeChief's picture

You should've been on the boards during the season, NO ONE got a free pass.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

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