Guard Transferring to Play for Pearl

Point guard K.C. Ross-Miller talks about his decision to play his final season of college basketball at Auburn.

K.C. Ross-Miller, a six-foot-one point guard who plans to transfer from New Mexico State University, told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Monday night that he has committed to play basketball for the Auburn Tigers.

He has one season of eligibility remaining and is expected to be eligible to compete for the Tigers for the 2014-15 season.

"I have to finish some classes (at New Mexico State) so I can graduate so I will be coming to Auburn around June 30," Ross-Miller said.

Asked why he decided to play his final season at Auburn, the point guard said, "I wanted to come into a situation where I could make a big impact. I only have one year left and I wanted to find the right school with good coaching and I know I will get that from Bruce Pearl even though I didn't get to meet him because of the probation situation.

"I am aware of the way he coaches from when he was at Tennessee," Ross-Miller said of Auburn's first-year head coach.

"I like the people in the Auburn program and I want to come in and help them win," he added.

Last season as a junior the point guard started 29 games for the Cowboys and averaged 8.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per contest. He shot 43.7 percent from the field, 39.3 on threes (24-61) and 82 percent at the foul line (100-122). He was credited with 104 assists and 58 turnovers.

As a sophomore for New Mexico State he averaged 5.3 points and 2.3 assists per game while starting 26 times. He hit 34.8 percent of his field goals, 20.0 percent of his threes (9-45) and 79.7 percent of his free throws (55-69). He had 58 assists and 46 turnovers.

As a freshman in 2010-11 before transferring to New Mexico State the guard played in 11 games with nine starts for the University of New Orleans. He averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

In high school he averaged 27 points and nine assists as a senior at God's Academy in Dalworth, Tex., in 2009-2010. His final season there his team posted a 28-3 record and he was named the MVP of the Texas-Oklahoma All-Star Game.

Ross-Miller visited the Auburn campus on Monday and said he liked what he saw. Next he is headed back to Las Cruces to finish his degree work at New Mexico State.

Asked what the best part of his game is as a basketball player, Ross-Miller said, "Winning and that is the main thing--I want to win. I can score and I can help others score, too."

The point guard had to serve a two-game suspension last season from the Western Athletic Conference after throwing a ball at an opponent at the end of a road game matching the Aggies and conference rival Utah Valley.

The point guard said he could have stayed for one more season with New Mexico State, but decided he needed a change. "I just wanted to have a fresh start after everything happened. I wanted to find a school that would benefit me and play on a higher level."


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