Aurora (Col.) Eaglecrest High School 2017 point guard Colbey Ross holds offers from the likes of Northern Colorado, Weber State, Rice, Cal Poly, Pacific and Pepperdine, but at this point he is mostly focusing on three of his options.
“I think my top three right now would probably be Pepperdine, Pacific and Northern Colorado,” Ross told Today’s U. “I don’t have a specific order, but those would be my top three right now.”
Thankful to have received an offer from the University of The Pacific! Thank you coach Stoudamire and staff pic.twitter.com/o4dYKPyHqw
— Colbey Ross (@cdot_ross) July 18, 2016
There are a few key reasons those three programs are sitting at the top of the list for the 247Composite 79 overall two-star right now.
“I just think with each of them, my relationship with the head coach and how much they contact me and just overall how good of a basketball program they have right now,” Ross said.
While those programs are the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder’s top three, they are not the only possible landing places for him, as a few more programs are showing strong levels of interest and could offer soon.
“Wofford, right now they are recruiting me pretty hard and Arkansas State and Santa Barbara,” Ross said. “I feel like all three of those schools are recruiting me pretty hard right now.”
“I think they should all (offer), but I’m not too sure. I’m not going to say anything too early, I think maybe after this week I may get one, but I’m still unsure.”
Loyola Marymount, Lipscomb and Denver University are also showing strong interest, Ross said.
“I think after Vegas, that’s when I’m going to start scheduling visits,” Ross said. “I think it will be in late August or September when I take my visits.”
At this point, Ross is confident that Pepperdine, Pacific and Northern Colorado will receive official visits and Wofford, Arkansas State and Santa Barbara are candidates for the other two, he said.
Ross has realistic expectations with his recruitment and is doing his best to research each school that is serious about bring him on board.
“Just the schools that are recruiting me, I’m not really looking at any big time school that I’m waiting to offer, but the schools that are recruiting me,” Ross said. “I’m mainly just waiting on those offers.”
As a junior, Ross averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for his high school team.
“Coaches just say they like my feel for the game and how I can control the game,” Ross said. “I don’t get sped up too fast and I’m always in control. They like my basketball IQ and just being a winner. I think that’s one of my main things, just finding a way to win is always big.”
The two-star’s decision will come down to a number of factors.
“A lot of it right now is just how I fit into that program, my style of play and their style of play,” Ross said. “Also, just my relationship with the coach is going to be really big for me and just how good of a team they are, if they’re winning or not. I think that will be pretty big on my list. If I can come in and play as a freshman, that’s a pretty big one for me.”
Ross expects to come to a decision very soon after his visits.
“I’m thinking like sometime maybe September or October, sometime this fall,” Ross said. “I’m not really sure.”