Ross leaving Ohio State, turning pro

Mar 2, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward LaQuinton Ross (10) reacts during the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. Indiana won 72-64. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

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Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross made it official Friday as the school issued a release saying Ross will give up his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career.

Ross was Ohio State’s leading scorer last season and his emergence played a key role in the Buckeyes getting to the Elite Eight last season.

"My experience at Ohio State has been incredible," Ross said in a statement. "Coach (Thad) Matta, my teammates and the staff were amazing to work with on a daily basis. My goal has always been to play at the next level and I believe now is the best time."

Matta’s statement said, "LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years. His goal is to compete at the highest level possible. He will have that opportunity because of the work he has put in to prepare for this day. He will be missed at Ohio State and we wish him nothing but the very best."

The 6’8 Ross scored 15.2 points per game and also led the Buckeyes at 5.9 rebounds per game. He started all 35 games as a junior and appeared in 81 games during his career. He scored a total of 858 career points (10.6 ppg.) on 299 of 662 shooting from the field (.452).