When LaQuinton Ross made the move from Columbus to preparing for the NBA Draft, it wasn’t just the scouts that were skeptical, but it was even the fans. As good of a hand as he was for the Ohio State basketball team at times, he just didn’t seem ready for the professional level.
Well, many folks of importance at the NBA level agreed with that sentiment as Ross was passed up by all 60 selections in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Prior to the draft, there were many that cited Ross’ weight gain as a reason for many of the teams souring on the idea of drafting him, and even former Ohio State player Scoonie Penn pointed that out.
“I think he really shot himself in the foot,” former Ohio State point guard Scoonie Penn said. “There were already questions about his athletic ability and how it would translate to the next level, and then for him to test as poorly as he did and be in the type of shape he was in, it really hurt his stock.”
The dream is not dead for Ross, but he does have a lot of work to do. He needs to get that big frame of his into dominating shape, and then begin some work on the fundamentals that can make him a contributor in the NBA, somewhere down the road.