The WCU men's basketball team opened up the 2012-13 season officially with its first practice of the season in the Ramsey Center, Friday evening.
Appeared in all 33 games for the Catamounts ... Started 17 games including the first 12 and the last five ... Averaged 17.2 minutes, 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game ... Shot 50.6 percent from the field ... Went 5-of-6 overall and 8-of-10 from the free throw line to tie a career-high with 19 points at Western Kentucky (11/17) ... Played a career-high 35 minutes with seven made field goals for 14 points against Austin Peay (11/20) ... Had 17 points at No. 13 Illinois (12/04) ... Was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field at No. 15 Georgetown (12/15) for 10 points ... Had a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds at The Citadel (01/05) ... Scored 12 points highlighted by a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line against UNCG (01/12) ... Scored 12 points in back-to-back games at Elon (02/16) and against the College of Charleston (02/20).
2011-12 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 35 games on the season making 16 starts including 11-straight from mid-January through early February ... Averaged 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game ... Scored in double figures six times ... Pulled down five-or-more rebounds 11 times during the season ... Led WCU by scoring a career-high 19 points in the home win over Montreat College (11/15), doing so in just 16 minutes of court time ... Scored 13 points in the neutral court win over Florida A&M (11/26) in the South Padre Island Invitational after being re-inserted into the starting lineup ... Pulled down a career-high eight rebounds at home against Elon (1/26) ... Averaged 6.5 points including coming off the bench to score 11 against Wofford (3/3) and 10 against UNCG (3/4) during the Catamounts' run to the Southern Conference Championship game.
2010-11 (Freshman): Saw action in all 33 games on the season making three appearances in the starting lineup in mid-to-late December ... Averaged 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a key reserve in the low post ... Twice led the Catamounts in rebounding in a game ... Shot 44-percent from the floor including 41-percent from beyond the 3-point arc ... Made his collegiate debut at Clemson, entering the game as a substitution at the 10:37 mark of the first half ... Connected on the first field goal of his career with a 3-pointer at the 2:37 mark of the second half against the Tigers ... Scored a career-high 12 points against Warren Wilson (11/22) ... Made his first collegiate start at second-ranked Ohio State (12/12), pulling down a career-high seven rebounds.
Prior to Western: Started for head coach David Simmons at Seventy-First HS ... An All-Midsoutheastern Conference selection, averaged 18 points, eight rebounds as a senior and 14 points, five rebounds and three assists per game as a junior, connecting on 55-percent of his field goal attempts in leading Seventy-First to a 26-3 overall record and an appearance in the sectional finals ... Was tabbed second team both in the All-Cape Fear Region and North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) All-District-4 ... Was nominated for the McDonald's All-American ... Played with the CP-3 AAU program. ... Scored 19 points for the East squad in North Carolina's East-West All-Star game held in Greensboro, N.C., on July 19, 2010 ... the 6-4, 210-lbs. rookie from Fayetteville was the second leading scorer as the East beat the West by one, 99-98.
Personal: Is the son of Preston, Jr., and Warrenette Ross ... Has one sibling, Quartney.