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Thursday / July 16.
  • Ross Picks Ohio State; Johnson to Pitt

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    It wasn’t planned, but LaQuinton Ross verbally committed to Ohio State on Monday.

    “Yes,” Ross, who averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds last season at Burlington (N.J.) Life Center, said by phone.

    The 6-foot-8 Ross, a Murrah, Miss., native who last year transferred to Life Center, chose Ohio State over West Virginia and Baylor. He is the No. 14 small forward in the Class of 2011.

    “He talked to Thad [Matta] and decided to commit. It was not planned,” said Life Center coach Wilson Arroyo. “He told me it just felt like it was the right decision. He liked the way Thad will use him on offense, like a guard.

    “He will bring versatility on offense because he can shoot the long ball, mid-range jumper or post up. Defensively he has the ability to guard the big guards, small forwards in the post. He will bring instant offense and Thad Matta knows how to utilize wing players.”

    DURAND JOHNSON TO PITT

    Durand Johnson, a 6-7 wing from Baltimore who will play at Brewster (N.H.) Academy, chose to play at Pittsburgh.

    “It was just a great all-around fit,” he said by text.

    Johnson also considered Louisville, Marquette, St. John’s and Cincinnati.

    “I’m going to bring scoring to the table,” he said. “I’m an all-around player.”

    Johnson joins 6-1 guard John Johnson of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center Academy and 6-7 forward Jaylen Bond of Plymouth-Whitemarsh in Pitt’s 2011 recruiting haul.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.