Ross Hoping For Arkansas Offer

Jonesboro junior point guard Kahron Ross (5-10, 150) already has four offers, but is hoping his play this AAU season - which he started with a team-high 15 points for the Arkansas Hawks Friday night in the Real Deal In the Rock - will merit one from the Razorbacks as well.

LITTLE ROCK - Jonesboro point guard Kahron Ross already has four offers, but has a pair of schools – Arkansas and Tennessee – that he's hoping soon join the list.

Especially the home state Razorbacks.

"I love Arkansas," Ross said. "The way they play is the same way we play - up and down and 40 minutes of Hell. That is the same stuff we do. I like their program."

Ross said that he talks a lot to Arkansas assistants Matt Zimmerman and Melvin Watkins.

"Coach Watkins will send me a quote or something every other day and keeps me updated," Ross said. "Coach Zimmerman probably texts me every week."

Ross (5-11, 150) had a team-high 15 points Friday night to lead the Arkansas Hawks in a 57-48 loss to Mac Irvin Fire as the Real Deal in the Rock got underway at P.A.R.K.

Forrest City junior Trey Thompson (6-9, 245) added 14 points in the loss for the Hawks, who were playing without injured North Little Rock sophomore super star KeVaughn Allen, who is battling a groin injury.

"I think we were a little bit timid because it was our first game playing together," Ross said. "We couldn't make shots. I think we would have been better off getting to the rim instead of settling. I still think we should have a good spring."

Mac Irvin played without its two best players and a pair of the nation's top five 2014 prospects in Jahlil Okafor (family issues) and Cliff Alexander, who arrived late Friday night and is schedule to join his team on Saturday.

Ross' offers so far are from Arkansas State, UALR, Lehigh and Southeast Missouri State.

"I am comfortable making my teammates better and getting to the rack, but as far as things I need to work on – I need to get stronger and gain some weight and work on my jump shot," Ross said.

Arkansas Hawks coach Bill Ingram is an unabashed Ross fan.

"Of course he needs to get bigger and stronger, but if that is your weakest spot, normally a good college weight program can fix that," Ingram said. "You can tell – once he got warmed up that he has a high skill level. He is a great penetrator and has a great knowledge of the game.

"He is capable of playing like he did the second half during the whole," Ingram added. "He has to do that in order for us to be good. We struggled tonight, but he played really well."

"He is one of those guys that when you tell him to do something, he turns around and tries to do it immediately," Ingram said. "If you look at him, I don't know what BCS program wouldn't want a kid like that. He is solid, a great student and is a gym rat. That is the key and he is very coachable.

"A lot of these guys these days are not coachable," Ingram continued. "They get an attitude. Kahron takes that chewing and keeps it moving. Those are the guys that you have got to have to have a chance to win. They are not going to get rattled on the road. You can get a bunch of these knuckleheads, they are going to get rattled on the road and then you can't win a road game.

"You have a kid like this and he is going to get better every year because he will do everything that you ask him to do," Ingram said. "You will never have to worry about him academically or off the court."

Ross is modeling his game after a player that finished his college career before he was even born – former Razorback Lee Mayberry, who he recently had the opportunity to meet.

"I like the way he played because we are so much similar," Ross said of a guy he has watched tape on. "I liked seeing him play."

Ross is coming off a cruel end to his high school season, one in which Little Rock Hall hit a shot at the buzzer to down Jonesboro 33-32 in the Class 6A state title game.

"It was crazy," Ross said. "It was a tough one to lose, a tough one to take. We did everything right. He just made the shot. We can't do anything but learn from it and get better. We should have an excellent shot (next season). We lost a bunch of seniors, but we will be fine."





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