4-Star PF Prospect Ernest Ross Reportedly Commits to NC State over LSU, More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2020

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Ernest Ross, a 4-star power forward from Alachua, Florida, committed to NC State on Sunday, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports.com.  

"At the end of the day it boiled down to him having a great relationship with coach [Kevin] Keatts and his staff," Game Elite coach Russ Powell told Daniels. "They did a great job of him making him feel as home as possible. They made his family feel the most comfortable."

"He's a great talent," Powell added.

Ross is considered the No. 43 prospect in the Class of 2021, the No. 11 power forward and the No. 3 recruit from the state of Florida, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

Josh Gerson of the recruiting site offered the following scouting report on the young player:

"High level athlete with good size and length. Pretty physically immature; has plenty of room to grow into body. As athletic as he is, should only improve there with added strength. Physical tools should make him an extremely versatile defender. Very raw on offense; doesn't have go-to move in halfcourt. Best in transition due to athleticism. Will need to improve facing and posting up. Has chance to be very good rebounder. Development of skill will determine everything; has NBA size, length and athleticism but will need to bridge gap between skill and physical tools. Wide variety of possible outcomes for now."

LSU and Texas A&M were the other two finalists in his recruiting.

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Landing Ross is a solid move for NC State. Coming into Sunday, the Wolfpack ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2021 rankings, per 247Sports. He joins 4-star small forward Josh Hall and 4-star point guard Cam Hayes as headliners of the incoming group. 

Ross told Jacey Zembal of The Wolfpacker that NC State continued its recruiting pitch even with the COVID-19 pandemic changing the nature of recruiting this spring.

"They still were on top of it even with the coronavirus, and that was a great thing," he said. "As soon as it's over, I'll be looking forward to seeing North Carolina State. I have already had my mind made up. They have been showing the love and that's basically it."