Meet Ross Neltner
The 6-8, 220 pound junior is one of the best prospects in the state of Kentucky. He made a name for himself last summer traveling the Nike circuit with Eddie Ford's Kentucky Hoop Stars. Last year, the honorable mention all-stater averaged 16 points a game and he's poised for an even bigger encore this season.
"Win the region and get down the state and do well down there," Neltner said of his pre-season goals. Lofty but attainable goals for Neltner who hosted a number of programs during the early fall evaluation period.
Northwestern, Kentucky, Louisville, Xavier and Vanderbilt all attended one of his workouts in September. Wake Forest and Princeton also dropped by, including John Thompson, the head coach at Princeton.
"People have been sending letters," Neltner said. "People that have actually gotten my grades, well, they know that I can perform well academically." Neltner is a 3.9 student and he has a test score posted already.
He's beefed up considerably since the summer, courtesy a weight program that the Cincinnati Bearcats employ. "I started lifting towards the end of the summer and beginning of school. We're on this program that our coach got from coach Huggins."
Neltner said playing in the summer against guys like Sean May and Jarrett Jack really helped him get better. Schools are recruiting him to play any of three positions – small forward, power forward and center. "It depends on how much I grow, how stronger I get and how my skills develop."
Highlands opens its season Tuesday against St. Henry from Northern Kentucky.