Lamont Ross' transition to Lisle boys basketball a smooth move
After attending Romeoville High School and playing varsity basketball there, Ross transferred to Lisle High School for his senior year.
|Lamont Ross goes up for a shot after grabbing a steal during Lisle’s game against Manteno last month. Sarah Minor — email@example.com (Sarah Minor)|
Humans are creatures of habit, so making a big change can be difficult.
Lamont Ross has made it look easy.
After attending Romeoville High School and playing varsity basketball there, Ross transferred to Lisle High School for his senior year. He is playing his first and only season for the Lions this winter, but making the switch in schools and teams hasn’t seemed to affect him.
“It’s been pretty smooth so far,” Ross said of the transition. “The guys haven’t made it too hard for me, and the systems we run are pretty similar to what I was doing.”
Basketball comes naturally to the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Ross, so the transition on the court has been easy. Ross said fitting in with the team chemistry has been the most difficult part, but even that hasn’t been too bad.
“Everything’s going well, everybody is tight,” Ross said. “We have team dinners before every game and that makes the chemistry better, plus we hang out outside of school, and that helps.”
From a coach’s perspective, the speed bumps on Ross’ road to adjusting to his new surroundings have been small.
“I think one of the biggest challenges that can be very difficult, especially senior year, is coming to a new program that has a different system and different expectations,” Lisle coach Mark LaScala said. “But he’s been real coachable and a great teammate, and I think that’s been the key to him having so much success for us.”
He can play big in a small lineup or small in a big lineup, and his versatility comes in handy in both scenarios. His athleticism and ability to finish around the rim make him a key player in a smaller lineup; his range and ball-handling skills are put to use when the Lions go big.
“At one point in the Christmas tournament at Plano, I put him in at point guard with a bigger lineup out there,” LaScala said. “I’m not sure I would’ve thought to do that otherwise, but I saw him in pick-up games and open gym over the summer and he was bringing the ball up and looked comfortable doing so.”
The reason he looks comfortable handling the rock is because it’s something he’s worked to improve.
“I feel like I can handle being a point guard because I work on handling the ball in my off time,” Ross said. “So I feel like I can handle the ball if we need it and then I can play the post when (point guard) Cody (Monson) is in the game.”
Ross said his signature game as a Lion came against Plano at the Plano tournament, where he scored a game-high 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and went 3-of-4 from three-point land as Lisle defeated the Reapers for the second time this season, 49-33.
Ross is probably best playing inside the arc, but his range extends beyond it. He’s hit three-pointers in several games, most notably a game-tying three that forced overtime in Lisle’s win over Sandwich earlier this season. According to LaScala, Ross won’t hesitate to take a similar shot in the future.
“He’s not afraid to take the big shot,” the coach said.
Ross’ basketball favorites
Current player: Kevin Durant
All-time player: Magic Johnson
Movie: “Glory Road”
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