Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:31 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 3:30 pm
By Gary Parrish
LaQuinton Ross deleted the Tweet and apologized pretty quickly.
But by then, as is almost always the case in this fast-paced world, the damage was done.
"Don't know how much longer I can take this BULL----!!!!!" Ross Tweeted, and I think it's reasonable to assume "this BULL----" was in reference to the fact that Ohio State coach Thad Matta didn't play Ross Tuesday night for the fifth straight game. Elite recruits don't like sitting the bench, you know? But Ross' comments are also interesting in a larger scope, because they come just a few days after Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin Tweeted his displeasure with Mark Turgeon's decision to bench him in crucial minutes.
I don't care whether Matta and Turgeon are right or wrong.
That's not the point.
The point is that athletes must learn, sooner or later, that Tweeting something in the year 2012 is no different than saying something into a microphone held by Clark Kellogg. It's all for public consumption. I hear your thoughts when you say them live on CBS. I read your thoughts when you Tweet them to your followers -- if only because your followers RT them and those thoughts find me somehow, in this case via an email from our Ohio State Rapid Reporter.
Bottom line, don't be stupid.
If you're an athlete at a high-profile school -- you know, like Ohio State, which just so happens to be ranked sixth nationally -- you need to ask yourself one question before Tweeting anything: Would I say these words into a microphone with a television camera in my face? If the answer is a negative, don't hit "send." Because if you do, you'll look silly. And then you're just gonna end up deleting the Tweet and subsequently apologizing, at which point you'll look even sillier than you did before.
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:34 pm
Coming off a 22-point beatdown of Duke, the last thing Ohio State really needed was another talented player to join the fold.
On Thursday night, that’s exactly what happened, as touted freshman LaQuinton Ross was cleared by the NCAA to play for the Buckeyes. Ross was denied eligibility in September after his high school GPA and SAT score were deemed insufficient.
He retook the test on November 5, and the NCAA notified Ohio State that he was good to go.
“We are excited to get LaQuinton back,” head coach Thad Matta told The Columbus Dispatch. “I don’t have a timetable for when he will be ready to compete. A lot will depend on what he has done while away and how quickly he picks things up.”
Ross, a 6-foot-8 small forward originally from Mississippi, was a top-10 recruit during the early part of his high school career. His ranking dropped during his junior and senior seasons, but he is still as talented as anyone in the class. Ross is an excellent 3-point shooter who can also create his own shot off post-ups or mid-range jumpers. The problem with Ross is his work ethic; he simply doesn’t play hard on a consistent basis.
If he’s focused and working hard, he’ll be a huge asset for Matta and the Buckeyes.
Like they needed more weapons.
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:54 pm
By Jeff Goodman
LaQuinton Ross will be sitting in the stands in Columbus for Ohio State's matchup with Duke later tonight. In less than two weeks, the long and extremely talented wing could be on the court when the Buckeyes travel to play Kansas on Dec. 10.
Sources told CBSSports.com that a decision is expected by the NCAA clearinghouse any day regarding Ross - who was ruled an academic non-qualifier in September.
The 6-foot-8 Ross, who is in Columbus on an official visit, is an "X" factor for the Buckeyes -- if he is cleared by the NCAA, which is expected to be the case.
Ross is exceptionally gifted. He's long and athletic, can shoot it from deep and is able to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. The knock on the Mississippi native, who transferred to a prep school in New Jersey midway through high school, is his work ethic and intensity on the court.
Ross spent the summer in Columbus, playing pickup with the team - and coach Thad Matta told me that he was certainly talented enough -- and in line -- to start for the Buckeyes.
Now he's certainly fallen behind while back home taking online courses and also trying to improve his test score. Sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith has been solid as the team's fifth starter along with Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, William Buford and Deshaun Thomas.
At worst-case scenario, if Ross is cleared, he'll give Ohio State quality depth on the wing. Best case? Ross finds a way into the starting lineup before the end of the season.
That's not out of the question.
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 10:45 am
By Gary Parrish
The NCAA has declared Ohio State freshman LaQuinton Ross a non-qualifier, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Monday. Consequently, the 6-foot-8 forward will not attend OSU this year. A source told CBSSports.com that Ross will "return home" to Mississippi, "take a class and retake the SAT."
CBSSports.com ranked Ross 13th in the Class of 2011.
The Buckeyes are still expected to be a consensus top-five team.