After failing to secure a spot on an NBA team after a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers' Summer League squad, former Buckeye forward LaQuinton Ross seems to have found his next professional basketball destination. Per Sportando, Ross is headed to Italy to sign with Victoria Libertas, one of Buckeye great Scoonie Penn's former teams.
In his last season at Ohio State, Ross averaged 15.2 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, and shot 35.3% from downtown, leading the team in scoring. His tenure at Ohio State, where he was sometimes asked to play out of position, was a mix of electric offensive potential, turnovers, and occasionally immaturity.
After failing to get drafted, Ross agreed to join the Lakers in the Vegas Summer League. His best performance was his last game, where he went for for nine points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes of action. Over three games with the Lakers, Ross averaged 3.0 points per game in 10 minutes of action.
Ross's inability to secure a spot in the NBA this season isn't a surprise, both given his Summer League showing, and the falling of his stock after arriving at the NBA Draft Combine overweight. But given his size, scoring ability, and athletic gifts, a future chance at the NBA isn't out of the question – if Ross is able to season his game a bit more.
Best wishes to Ross in the next stage of his professional career.