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Ronald completed his sophomore season with significant improvement over his freshman season... started 20 of 35 games during the season (including 11 of 16 conference games) and played an average of 19.9 minutes per game...averaging 4.5 points per game, Ronald also notched 56 steals (1.6 per game) with 2 or more steals in 16 games...accumulated an assist/turnover ratio of 2.6 with 86 assists compared to 33 turnovers (or 0.9 turnovers per game)...grabbed 71 rebounds (2.0 rpg) and averaged 2.5 assists per game...he grabbed 4 or more rebounds in 9 games - with a high mark of 7 rebounds against OU in the Big 12 Tournament...scored in each game (31 games) in which he played at least 7 or more minutes...Ronald shot .442 from the field on 68-154 for the season from the field and was 16 of 26 from the free throw line (.615)...played a season high 35 minutes in the win over Georgia Tech in the NIT match-up in Lubbock...scored in double figures in three games - 13 against Nicholls State (with 7 assists), 11 in the o/t win at Minnesota, and 10 against Nevada...recorded a season high 6 steals in the NIT contest against San Diego State.
FRESHMAN (2201-2002): In his first seven games with the Red Raiders, Ronald is averaged 15.1 minutes per game, 3.9 points per game, had 10 assists, and 6 steals...scored double figures against San Diego State...played 21 minutes against UL-L and contributed 12 points (the 4th Red Raider to score in double figures in the game), was 4-7 from the field, 4-4 from the FT line, gained 1 rebound, had 3 assists, and 1 steal to match his 1 personal foul...gained his fifth start this season against Stetson...scored 6 points against A&M... (3-6 from the floor), grabbed 2 rebounds, and had an assist in 8 minutes on the court...named Classroom Champ for the week of January 28, 2002...the Iowa State game was his nineteenth game to see court action...was 4-6 from the field for his total of 8 points with only 1 turnover in 20 minutes of playing time...played in 30 games as a freshman...averaged 10.6 minutes per game for the season...played a season-high of 27 minutes as a starter...started 5 games during the season...averaged 3.1 ppg.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ronald played on the varsity basketball team for three years for Coach Russ Gilmore as his Eagles won three Class 5A State Championships in New Mexico. As a senior, he averaged 25.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists per game...was First Team All-State as a senior and First Team All-South Plains...was selected First Team All-District in both his junior and senior years...MVP of the district as a senior...scored 1,130 points in his three-year varsity career...nominee for McDonald's All-American team...selected All-State three times by The Albuquerque Journal...named USA Today and Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico...National Honor Society member...New Mexico Honor Scholar...Black History Club...NEA Read Across America...high school record 77-6 and three-time State Champs.
PERSONAL: Ronald Lovell Ross, Jr., was born on February 11, 1983, in Hobbs, New Mexico...a walk-on as a freshman for the Red Raiders...enjoys writing poetry, listening to music, and playing basketball...his advice to others, "Trust God, stay in school, and set high goals."
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