Arkansas signee Aaron Ross is definitely not academically eligible to play basketball for the Razorbacks this season and will enroll at a prep school soon, his brother, Carlos Conley, told Hawgs247 on Friday.
Ross, a three-star small forward from Little Rock Parkview who was part of a highly regarded Razorbacks signing class, did not make the required ACT score to enroll at Arkansas, his brother said. Ross had been holding out hope that he would find a way to become eligible at Arkansas this season since learning of his June ACT score.
The 6-foot-8 Ross will now attend either St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., or St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., according to his brother.
Ross hopes to become eligible for the 2012-2013 season and re-sign with the Razorbacks, his brother said, and will make a decision on which prep school he will attend in about 10 days to two weeks.
The UA has not commented on Ross’ status, but numerous media outlets have reported that Ross' eligibility was in doubt.
Conley said Ross has dealt well with the news that he wouldn’t be able to enroll at Arkansas.
“He seems to be. He’d rather be up there with fellas now,” Conley said. “Make no mistake about that. Sometimes you just have to play the hand you're dealt and keep moving.
“It’s just unfortunate for Aaron.”
Conley said Ross has been in Little Rock this summer “working out, keeping his body in shape, keeping his shot working.”
“He’ll be ready whenever he hits the Hill (Fayetteville),” Conley said. “I’m not worried about that.”
Without Ross, Arkansas first-year coach Mike Anderson is left with 11 scholarship players on his roster, two fewer than the NCAA allows. However, the Hogs were planning to serve a one-scholarship penalty in the coming season as the result of a low academic progress rate score.
The Razorbacks lost three players in the off-season when Rotnei Clarke, Glenn Bryant and Jeff Peterson received their requested scholarship releases.
Ross had hoped to take the ACT orally and untimed June 11 at UALR, but the paperwork was not properly submitted, forcing Ross to take a written, timed test, his brother said.
Ross, who committed to former Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey as a freshman, was ranked as the 160th best player in the nation by 247 Sports and was part of an Arkansas Wings team that won an AAU national championship.
Every member of the Hogs’ incoming class was ranked in the top 247, including two of Ross’ Wings teammates – power forward Hunter Mickelson (No. 81) of Jonesboro Westside and guard Rashad Madden (No. 82) of East Poinsett County. Combo guard B.J. Young of Florissant (Mo.) McCluer North was ranked the highest of the incoming Hogs at No. 23, and power forward Devonta Abron was ranked 247th.