|Ohio State’s incoming freshman class took a big hit today with the announcement that 6’8″ forward LaQuinton Ross has been ruled ineligible. However this doesn’t come as a surprise because this has been speculated for some time now, but today it became official.
The NCAA declared that Ross is a non-qualifier, resulting in the standout small forward being unable to attend Ohio State for at least the fall semester. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ross has returned home to Mississippi to take a class and attempt to improve his ACT score in hopes of becoming eligible to join the Buckeyes at the start of the spring semester in January. Continue reading
According to Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State freshman LaQuinton Ross could be ruled ineligible due to transcript discrepancy. It’s being reported that two D grades Ross received in Mississippi were registered as C grades on his transcript.
“The difference in Ross’ cumulative grade-point average, combined with his entrance test score, could make him ineligible as a freshman,” writes Hunter.
While Ross isn’t projected to play a major role for OSU this year, this is still a big blow for the Buckeyes. Ross is a top 50 recruit and I’m sure Coach Matta was counting on using him off the bench. Also the possibility of losing the Ross altogether is very real. If he is found ineligible he could decide that he’s going to go the JUCO route and leave the Buckeyes.