LaQuinton Ross Joining Lakers for NBA Summer League

By Kyle Rowland on June 27, 2014 at 11:30a
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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. 

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

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vitaminB's picture

Good luck, Q.  I can't think of a team with more open roster spots.  Good fit.

+4 HS
TheShookster's picture

I know it won't happen but that picture at the top makes me hope that somehow the Buckeyes get a shot at Dayton this year. Actually I don't because that probably means were in the NIT.

Good luck to Ross, may his shot against Arizona live on forever in our hearts and in the hearts of our descendants! 

-2 HS
osu07asu10's picture

Good luck to Q!

From a realists perspective, I can't see him on a roster come November.

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

MN Buckeye's picture

Keeping the dream alive. Get after it, Q!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Nice!  This is as good a way as any to prove that he has NBA game.  Good chance to overcome any stigmas about him (body fat, weight gain, work ethic, anything else the scouts didn't like that I can't think of), and prove he has the game by showing his game in actual games.

Class of 2010.

Seattle Linga's picture

Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize Q - you've got a lot of talent