Ross, An All-Around Type Player

Class of 2011 basketball player Donovan Ross is using his tremendous athletic ability to help propel Ridgeland (MS) High School basketball into state prominence.

After winning their first nine games of the season, Ridgeland High School had a 40-37 set-back at Yazoo City High School Tuesday night. Ross scored 18 points during the game, including two thunderous dunks that brought the crowd to its feet.

"Donovan Ross can jump out of the gym," said Ridgeland High School head basketball coach Roderick Davidson. "He poses so many different threats on offense, he can get to the high post and go around most post players, and he crashes the board so well. He can turn and square up or he can spin around to the goal."

College coaches first noticed Ross his first year of high school ball.

"Coaches started noticing the potential that I had when I was in the ninth grade," said Ross.

Two schools have stepped up the pace this season.

"I'm receiving the most interest from Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State," said the 6-5, 188-pounder.

Although he hasn't been very active in taking unofficial visits to colleges, he has visited two.

"I've been to an Auburn basketball camp," said Ross. "They were recruiting my cousin at the time, so I went down there with him.

"I've also been to Mississippi State. We went to the football and basketball game. They played Alabama in football and Bethune-Cookman in basketball."

As of now, Ross has two colleges at the top of his recruiting wise list.

"I like the University of Georgia and the University of Auburn," said Ross, who describes himself as an all-around type player. "I like them because they are both in the south. And I like Auburn because my cousin, Earnest Ross, is (a freshman on the basketball team)."

No. 21, junior Donovan Ross (6-5, 185), Power Forward, December 8, 2009 Ridgeland HS vs Yazoo County game highlights -

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