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Panther Creek (Cary, N.C.) rising senior guard Earnest Ross attended the University of Virginia’s Elite Basketball Camp on Sunday and felt he performed “very well.” His performance has not yet resulted in an official scholarship offer from head coach Dave Leitao, however, but Leitao is expected to update the 6-5, 210-pound prospect very soon.
Before the Tar Heel state standout left for home, he met with Virginia’s head coach. According to Ross, Coach Leitao is planning to be in touch in the next week or so to provide an update on a potential offer. The Virginia staff has indicated that they have two scholarship offers for the 2009 class.
“Coach Leitao talked about how much he enjoyed me as a player from what he has seen,” Ross said. “He thinks of me as a great person and he feels my intangibles would be a good fit to the Virginia basketball team. I think I could fit in good with them. I haven’t gotten an offer, but if they offer they would be high on my list.”
Ross arrived in Charlottesville on Saturday, a day before the camp, for an opportunity to tour the grounds and to spend time with coaches and players.
“Coach Drew Diener toured me around the campus,” Ross said. “I really enjoyed myself there. After that, me and [Montrose Christian (Rockville, MD) small forward] Tristan Spurlock scrimmaged some guys. That was about it for the day.
“I took the time to go because the University of Virginia is a school I’m very interested in and I thought I’d like it. It was interesting to go down there and see the campus.”
Ross felt he “performed to my strengths” at the camp, going against top competition such as Cannon School (Concord, N.C.) rising junior wing Jarell Eddie . He discussed what his strengths are at this point in his high school career.
“Driving to the hoop is one of my strengths, but defense is my specialty. I’m a good all-around player. I’ll play whatever position my team needs,” said Ross, who estimates that he averaged about 25 points per game last season as a junior. He also led his team in assists and rebounds.
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