BUFFALO — Ohio State junior LaQuinton Ross huddled Thursday night with family about his future after the Buckeyes lost to Dayton here in the NCAA Tournament, and is weighing whether to enter the NBA Draft.
“No decision yet,” one source close to the situation told SNY.tv.
The Buckeyes were bounced by Dayton, 60-59, and are done for the season, which probably does not help Ross’s case. Had they made another Sweet 16 run, he could’ve showcased his skills.
“I’ll just sit down with my family and coaches and see how things will work out,” Ross told Cleveland.com. “Probably in the next few weeks, cause you know how it is. It’s a quick turnover from school to actually having to go to camps and workouts and all that.”
DraftExpress.com has the 6-foot-8 Ross projected as the No. 48 overall pick, but one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv he should stay on campus.
“He has gotten better throughout the year,” the scout said. “Still inconsistent with his effort from night to night. More of a power forward who wants to score facing the basket. Struggles to defend perimeter quickness. Has to improve his ball skills to play any 3 at the next level. Needs to stay in school.”
Ohio State coach Thad Mattatold Cleveland.com: “I think he’s capable of coming back here and having a great senior year if he would choose to do that.”
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