In July of 2007, K.C. Ross-Miller made what he felt was his college decision. After a visit to Lexington, Ross-Miller pledged to sign on with Kentucky and then head coach Billy Gillespie.
When the Wildcats and Gillespie parted ways, the 6-foot, 170-pound guard received attention – and offers - from Nevada, Florida International, South Florida, Oklahoma State and Baylor. In August of 2009, many felt the senior was ready to commit to South Florida.
Yet, Ross-Miller allowed his process to play out. If there was more out there for him, he was ready to see it.
Last weekend, LSU head coach Trent Johnson – in search of the final pieces to the 2010 recruiting class puzzle – invited Ross-Miller and his father, Tim, to spend a weekend in Baton Rouge.
Tennessee was in town on Thursday, and Kentucky packed the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday afternoon. Couple that with the one-on-one time Ross-Miller spent with both the staff and players and the deal was done.
Ross-Miller was ready to be a Tiger.
Days later, the nation’s No. 36 ranked point guard publically announced his intent to sign on with Johnson.
“The coaches and players made me feel like I was already on the team,” said Ross-Miller of his visit. “They acted like they had been knowing me for a long time, and that was the big thing that I was looking for. I wanted somewhere that welcomed me as a teammate.”
With help needed at the guard spot, Ross-Miller expects that once he steps foot onto the practice floor at LSU, he will compete for serious minutes.
“I have the drive to do big things, and I want to come in and start and make a big impact as a true freshman,” he said. “I also want to be on a winning team, and I feel like LSU can provide that. The fans were there and showing support, so I feel like I have gotten myself into a great environment to play basketball.”
While Johnson’s team has struggled in conference play this season, the Tigers were SEC champions during the headman’s first year on the job. As the talent pool builds once more, Ross-Miller said that he is excited about what is to come under the tutelage of Johnson and his staff.
“I feel like a can really learn a lot from coach Johnson, and that was another reason that LSU was an easy choice,” he said. “I trust him with everything that he has told me. He let me know they need me and I can become a better basketball player with the experiences I would get at LSU, and that got me on board.”
Ross-Miller joins Jackson, Miss. guard Andre Stringer and forward Jalen Courtney, Muscle Shoals, Ala. guard Ralston Turner and Metairie, La. forward Matt Derenbecker as members of Johnson’s 2010 signing class.