By Jeff Goodman
Auburn’s leading scorer and rebounder is headed to Missouri.
Earnest Ross, a big, strong 6-foot-5, 220-pound wing who averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds a year ago for Tony Barbee and the Tigers, confirmed he will transfer to Missouri on Tuesday.
"It’s the best fit for me,” Ross told CBSSports.com. "It’s a family atmosphere, the fans are crazy and they really treated both me and my mother like a part of the family."
Ross will sit out this season and have two years left.
Ross said he also considered Marquette, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Clemson.
"I think I can make an immediate impact here and can also get national exposure," said Ross, who said he will work to improve his consistency shooting the ball next season while sitting out.
New Missouri coach Frank Haith has focused on trying to add a few transfers to the equation since the Tigers will lose six players after this season. He added one-year transfer George Goode, who is eligible to play this season, from Louisville and is close to getting Pepperdine guard Keion Bell.