CARROLLTON, Ga. – Head coach Michael Cooney revealed Monday the third member UWG Wolves 2017 men's basketball recruiting class. Cooney announced the signing of Steven Ross, Jr., a 6-1 shooting guard from Chicago, Ill. Ross comes to West Georgia from North Lawndale Prep, a top program in the Chicago area that also produced former UWG standout Jovany Austin.
"We're very excited that Steven chose to join our program," said Cooney. The coach adds, "He is a tremendous talent and has a very high ceiling. He's 6'1", very lanky, quick and athletic, and he can really shoot the ball."
Ross posted impressive numbers for coach Lewis Thorpe's 24-6 team at North Lawndale. He averaged 16 points, four assists, and 1.9 steals per game. His most impressive stats came from beyond the arc as Ross connected on 74 three-point baskets, hitting more than 48% of his long-range shots. This includes an impressive 10 three-pointer in a Chicago city playoff game vs. DeSable Academy, setting a single-game record for North Lawndale. He also is a 1,000-point scorer for NLCP, netting 1,209 career points in his high school career.
"Coach Thorpe does a tremendous job at North Lawndale," Cooney said. "Anytime you get a player from his program, they are going to be very competitive and prepared for the collegiate game."
The Chicago native cemented his reputation as a dual threat, winning the NLCP Slam Dunk Competition and finishing in second place in the Illinois Class 3-A Three-Point Contest following the completion of his senior campaign this past spring. Beyond the court, Ross also is a standout in the classroom. He graduated North Lawndale with an impressive 3.7 grade point average, and scored a 25 on his ACT exam.
With Monday's announcement UWG has now announced three men's basketball signee for the current recruiting campaign. Cooney last month announced the signings of two other high school players. Drew Cobb, a 6-3 guard from Sheldon High in Sacramento, Calif., and Deng Nhial, a 6-4 wing man from Arlington, Va., and Cheshire (Ct.) Academy.