- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie has added another quality piece to an already very impressive 2012 recruiting class in combination-forward Aaron Ross (Little Rock, Ark./ St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (Wis.)).
"I had a great visit, I liked the campus, Coach G and the staff it was just a great fit for me," said Ross, who picked the Red Raiders over Alabama, Dayton and Arkansas who Ross was previously committed to.
The 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward has a great basketball IQ and feel for the game. Ross is a bull inside who has a nice touch on the perimeter and is a glue guy who is a huge matchup problem. Ross posts up and shoots over smaller defenders or beats less-mobile defenders off the bounce.
Ross averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game during his prep year at Northwestern Military Academy.
"Aaron is not afraid to work, he has an excellent basketball IQ and feel for the game. He has an old man's game that really understands matchups. Aaron has done a great job representing our program." Northwestern Military Academy assistant coach Bryan Clayton said.
Ross joins super athletic forward Wannah Bail (Houston/Lamar Consolidated), physical combination-guard Michael Carey (Houston/Lamar Consolidated), shooter Dusty Hannahs (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) and lead guard Daylen Robinson (Kansas City, Mo./Moberly Area CC) to give Gillispie size, athletic ability, skill and experience with this class.
Expect the Red Raiders to make a significant jump up the Big 12 standings relatively quickly.