Former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross signs with Italian team
Then-junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Lantern file photoAfter playing in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League for the Los Angeles Lakers, former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross is set to play professionally in Italy.According to multiple reports, Ross signed on to play with Victoria Libertas in the Italian Serie A.Ross was passed on in the 2014 NBA Draft after deciding to pursue a professional career following his junior season with the Buckeyes. He was named to the 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament team as well as earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after averaging 15.2 points per game for OSU. Ross averaged 8.3 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13 and played in nine games as a true freshman the year before.Former OSU player Amedeo Della Valle, a native of Italy, also chose to leave the school following the 2013-14 season to pursue a professional career in Europe. He then signed with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, a club team that also plays in Serie A.Della Valle took to his Twitter account, @Ame_DV_33, to express his excitement at the chance to play against his former teammate in Italy.Can finally say I’m super happy for @qross2011 comin to play in Italy. Can’t wait to play against you. #DreamBig— Amedeo Della Valle (@Ame_DV_33) August 8, 2014Ross, a native of Jackson, Miss., attended Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., before joining the Buckeyes. He played in three games for the Lakers this summer and averaged three points in 10.3 minute of action per game.Former Buckeye basketball player Scoonie Penn played for Victoria Libertas during the 2004-05 season.