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10 - LaQuinton Ross

Ohio State 

  • Birthday: 11/18/92
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 240
  • Hometown: Jackson, MS
  • High School: Life Center Academy
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2014

NBA Comparison: Devin Ebanks

Strengths: Ross is a gifted wing prospect … A specimen physically. Stands 6’7 240 and has a huge 7’2 wingspan, making him a bigger than usual SF for any level of basketball … Developed his frame nicely in college too, looked noticeably stronger each passing year at Ohio State … Is a naturally gifted offensive player, who is capable of putting points on the board in chunks or even a monster game or 2 … Good shot-maker, can stick jumpers against solid defense at times…Has a good looking jump shot, with a high, swift release and soft touch … Size/release makes it tough for defenders to contest and block his shots ... Most consistent from 23 ft out … Developing pull-up jumper, usually utilizes this intelligently when faced with a defensive closeout … Can be fairly tricky matchup for some teams due to his size and offensive skills … Effective with shot fakes and knows how to find ways to create space to score … A pretty fluid athlete, and a long strider … Runs the floor well and can play in transition, can finish above the rim on runouts with a head of steam … Has excellent footwork and body control, able to penetrate and find ways to the lane at times this way to make up for his otherwise mediocre first step … Plays minutes at both forward spots, and can stretch at PF and potentially could even play some spot time at SG in a tall lineup at the next level … Decent rebounder for a wing … Seems to be most effective as a complimentary scorer, and more than likely will go back to that type of role at the next level after being a first option as a Jr. last season … Shows promise as a clutch shooter, most known for his game-winner in the Sweet 16 vs Arizona in 2013 and has fared well in big games at times ...

Weaknesses: Questionable attitude. Lack of aggressiveness is concerning to scouts. Although he is a talented scorer, he is prone to floating around and can go through times when he is on the court and not impacting the game likw someone with his ability should … A bit inconsistent … Has a tendency to fall in love with jump shots which hurts his efficiency some, and doesn’t seem to be a very tough or physical player … Struggles to deal with contact despite his abundance of size, which is a major concern … Just middling ball-handling skills, not quite a prolific shot creator by any stretch … Missed a fair share of easy and-1 opportunities around the basket, sometimes the slightest bump can cause him to miss “bunnies” … Defense needs to improve, at times was a headache for Coach Matta because of his lack of effort and awareness on this end … A bit high-waisted, struggles with his lateral quickness on the perimeter … Not an explosive athlete, lacks in the speed and acceleration department … Blocks shots and gets in the passing lane at a low rate for someone with his physical attributes, a testament to him not being as attentive as he should be on that end … Defended PF’s a good bit last season and didn’t often do a good job in these situations, so his ability to play any real minutes at the 4 are questionable … Does not pass the ball often, and posted anemic assist stats throughout his time in college … Struggles to make an impact when his shot isn’t falling … A bit too reserved for the primary scorer role he had to play last year for Ohio State, and enters the draft after pulling a poorly timed disappearing act in OSU’s Round of 64 loss vs Dayton ...

Overall: Ross’ size, scoring potential, and shooting touch make him an intriguing prospect … He has proven he can be an effective offensive scoring weapon, and he still can polish his scoring some more despite being a 3-year college player … His defense and consistency both need a ton of work, and he inexcusably is too nonchalant at times, making him a fairly frustrating prospect for teams who see his natural ability and how well he has played in spurts throughout his college career … He also must play stronger to take his game to the next level … Ross could certainly be taken in the 2014 draft, as he clearly has some of the tools teams look for and actually seems to have some untapped potential after 3 seasons of college basketball ...

Jorrye Nixon 6/1/14

Strengths: Versatile offensive weapon for the Buckeyes ... Ross showed a lot of promise at the end of last season when he averaged 15 PPG in the NCAA tournament and hit the game-winner against Arizona in the Sweet Sixteen ... Has good size and excellent length (7'1" wingspan) for a small forward ... Very aggressive on offense. Has a "nose for scoring" ... A good perimeter shooter, Ross shot 39% from beyond the arc last season ... Has a very high release on his shot due to his height and long arms, which forces defenders to really step out on him ... Ross is effective on both the pull-up jumper and the catch-and-shoot, which made up most of his outside shots last year ... Good in transition ... His length and instincts give him the potential to be a disruptive defensive player, something he's shown flashes of in the past ... Ross is a strong, aggressive driver when he puts the ball on the floor, making him a multi-faceted offensive player ... Solid free throw shooter (78%) ... Could potentially be utilized as a stretch 4 ... Highly talented. Was a top 5 player in his class at points of his prep career ...

Weaknesses: Has struggled to live up to expectations and be a consistent performer thus far through his college career ... Tends to disappear at times, and shows questionable body language and motor, dragging his feet defensively ... Questionable toughness and desire ... Ross can be a serious defensive liability at times. He has the physical tools, but the effort, focus, and awareness is not always there ... Struggles to stay in front of quicker wing players and looks lost on defense too often ... Ross' inconsistent playing time last season was primarily due to his inconsistent effort (in addition to the presence of Deshaun Thomas) ... Not much of a passer or creator for his teammates ... Vision and passing concerns. His 0.5 APG is one of the lowest among this year's draft prospects ... Looks stiff and awkward sometimes, particularly when defending the perimeter ... Has good length, but is not a particularly good natural athlete ... Mediocre ball handler ... Has worked on his body over college career but still needs to get stronger ...

Overall: Ross brings a lot to the table on offense, but needs to defend at a higher level. With the departure of Deshaun Thomas, Ross figures to be a breakout player this year, and has the chance to be a star for the Buckeyes, as long as he steps up his game. His length and scoring instincts alone make him an intriguing prospect going into his junior season...

Notes: Measured 6'7 (in shoes) 228 lbs, with a 7'0.5 wingspan at the 2012 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... Measured 6'7 (in shoes) 227 lbs, with a 7'1 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ...

Jacob Stallard 10/17/13

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