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2014 NBA Draft: Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross Works Out Across the NBA

After a disappointing combine, ex-Buckeye LaQuinton Ross' draft hopes rely on impressions made at team workouts. Can he climb into the 2nd round?

Length and shooting are two key aspects of Ross' game
Length and shooting are two key aspects of Ross' game
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The biggest news about LaQuinton Ross heading into the draft is his body fat. At 16.3%, the former Buckeye was the chunkiest of the finely-tuned athletes at the NBA draft combine. Already projected as a late 2nd round pick, Ross needed even more desperately to prove himself during team workouts in order to earn the right to hear his name called on Thursday.

After the combine, Ross was invited to workouts for teams all around the NBA, including the 76ers, Suns, Clippers and Mavericks. A lot of teams seemed to be interested in taking a look at Ross, but it doesn't appear that he really wowed any teams once they got to see him. Most workout reports only gave him a slight mention, most just saying he was there and worked out. Interestingly enough, in an interview after his workout with the Utah Jazz, half of the questions reporters asked the 6' 8" forward were about his former teammate Aaron Craft.

Ross' has impressive length, with a wingspan of almost 7' 2", and a remarkable shooting range. Luckily the combine and workouts have allowed LaQuinton to show off his range and shooting ability can go a long way towards making an NBA roster. The question is going to be whether or not teams have seen enough in the rest of his game to warrant using a 2nd round pick on Ross. Even if he doesn't get drafted, he will get a chance to try and earn a roster spot somewhere in the league.

One good sign, the Washington Wizards, who hold the 46th overall pick, decided they'd like to take a second look at Ross and brought him in for another workout.