Ross-Miller Pushing for Starting Role

Newcomer K.C. Ross-Miller is being counted on to play a major role for this season's Auburn basketball team.

Auburn, Ala.--A player Bruce Pearl is counting on to be a steadying influence is a newcomer to Auburn basketball, just like the head coach.

K.C. Ross-Miller, a transfer from New Mexico State, is making a push to be a starter for the Tigers as a point guard with his good ball-handling skills and poise on the court.

“I think with me being a fifth year senior I have a lot of experience and I don’t make the same mistakes I did when I was a freshman,” Ross-Miller tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Commenting on what he sees as his role with the 2014-15 team, Ross-Miller says, “I would say being able to make everybody better and then being able to score when needed, and just getting the win. I think I have a history of winning.”

K.C. Ross-Miller is expected to have a big role for the Tigers

Auburn hasn’t done a lot of winning in recent seasons, which is why Pearl was hired to take over for Tony Barbee, who was fired in March after four consecutive losing seasons in charge of the program.

Barbee didn’t leave a lot of talent for Pearl and the new coaching staff to work with this season, which is why they brought in Ross-Miller and another fifth-year senior transfer, Antoine Mason from Niagara University, who like Ross-Miller is eligible to compete this year as a graduate student.

Ross-Miller played on strong teams at New Mexico State and says he is seeing progress with the Tigers, who will play an exhibition game on Nov. 7th vs. West Alabama and open the regular season a week later vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This weekend the Tigers will travel to New Orleans for a closed scrimmage vs. Tulane.

“We have gotten a lot better from day one,” the point guard declares. “We are working harder and competing, just trying to get better each day.

“We are getting used to Coach Pearl’s system,” he adds. “It is a lot different from what I came from and from what I think they played last year. There is more pressure and we play faster offensively and defensively. We are going to be pressing a lot so I am learning the offense and the defensive schemes.”

K.C. Ross-Miller is shown in action while playing for New Mexico State.

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

A big scorer in high school, Ross-Miller notes he feels comfortable shooting a variety of different shots. “I like to score in transition on pull-up threes as well as mid-range and on floaters. I don’t think there is just one thing that I like more than anything. I just take what the defense gives me.

“I have been working on my defense, being able to apply more pressure on the ball and playing fast in transition,” he adds. “I want to be able to play more aggressively. I think that is going to be important because we are not the biggest team in the country. It is going to be important to us to apply pressure so they won’t be able to get inside to the paint and go against our (lack of) size.”

Ross-Miller has been on campus since the summer working out with his new team and is eager for the season to start. “I am excited, we are all excited,” he says. “We’re motivated and just ready to play.”

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