Shortly after a handful of Tiger football signees were unable to report this past week as a result of their academic standings, coach Trent Johnson found out that basketball signee K.C. Ross-Miller will not be able to join the rest of the incoming class on campus this week.
While Ross-Miller suited up for God’s Academy last fall, a team his father coached, the Dallas native was also home-schooled during his high school years.
According to Johnson, Ross-Miller has run into issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse that involved “transcripts that have to be completed.”
“K.C. will be here when the NCAA clears him to do so,” he said. Johnson added that, to his knowledge, Ross-Miller has everything needed to move forward, meaning he won’t have to retake any coursework or standardized tests.
With Bo Spencer’s suspension, the lone returning guards are Aaron Dotson and Chris Bass. That sheds light on how important an addition like Ross-Miller is, a prospect that averaged 26.0 points per game this past year, also posting averages of 10.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 6.6 steals per game. During the 2008-09 season, he averaged 19.7 points a game, 10.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 7.2 steals per contest.
Mississippi signees Andre Stringer and Jalen Courtney, Alabama’s Ralston Turner and Metairie, La. forward Matt Derenbecker have all moved onto campus. With Ross-Miller’s absence, Johnson kept walk-on guard Darren Populist with the squad.
While he is unable to work with the team until classes in August, Johnson said the word back on the young squad remains positive.
“I think there’s an edge to them that I like, but it’s early,” he said. “The new guys have only been here a week. We’re healthy; there’s a good mixture of competition, which I really like. We just have to get through the summer and take care of our schoolwork and continue to work.”