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Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross will declare for NBA draft

LaQuinton Ross played in three NCAA tournaments in his three seasons at Ohio State. (Elsa/Getty Images)

LaQuinton Ross (Elsa/Getty Images)

LaQuinton Ross will forego his senior season at Ohio State to enter the NBA draft, Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta announced on Friday.

Ross, a 6-foot-8 forward, was Ohio State's leading scorer this season at 15.2 points per game. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounding (5.9 per game) and started all 35 of his team's games. Ohio State went 25-10, including a loss to No. 11 Dayton in the round of 64 last Thursday.

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“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said. “Coach 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.”

“LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years,” Matta said. “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 Mississippi native is expected to be a low first-round or early second-round pick.

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