LaQuinton Ross didn’t get drafted Thursday, but his NBA career isn't on hold. The Columbus Dispatch's Bob Baptist tweeted this morning that Ross is bound for the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.
LaQuinton Ross will play with the LA Lakers' entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, per his agent. Games start July 11. #buckbk— Bob Baptist (@BBaptistHoops) June 27, 2014
Ross started all 35 games for the Buckeyes during the 2013-14 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.
“LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said when Ross opted to enter the NBA Draft. “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.”
After averaging 15 points per game in Ohio State’s run to the Elite Eight – and hitting a game-winner against Arizona – Ross’s draft stock was at its peak. He was projected as a sure-fire first-round pick, but he decided against leaving after virtually one college season.
A slow start to last season gave way to consistency. Still, Ross was never considered to be a lottery pick. His stock fell considerably once he showed up to the draft combine with more than 15 percent body fat and 14 pounds heavier than his college playing weight.
Ross’s calling card is his spot-up shooting ability. Knocking down long-range jumpers will be a must in the NBA, and he proved he has the stroke to do so. At the combine, he made 55 of 80 three-point attempts and 69 of 102 field-goal attempts.
Ross worked out for the Cavs, 76ers, Bulls, Jazz, Clippers, Suns, Wizards, Raptors, Timberwolves, Pistons, Grizzlies and Mavericks.
Ross does have a connection to the Lakers. At the 2013 West Regional at Staples Center, Ross occupied Kobe Bryant's locker.