(CBS4)– For the past four seasons, Colorado-born Colbey Ross has rewritten the Pepperdine record books. Ross set Pepperdine’s career records for points (2,236) and assists (854) and is the first player in NCAA Division I history to achieve a career of 2,200 or more, 800 assists and 400 rebounds.
Despite its flashy numbers, you probably won’t find Ross’ name in any NBA first-round mock draft.
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“He’s a humble assassin,” says his former Eaglecrest High School coach, John Olander. “He just doesn’t show up. He’s not the high flyer, he doesn’t sink the ball, he doesn’t block shots. He uses every part of his basketball brain in his game. He’s such a thinker and he’s efficient at what he does. “
Ross didn’t have many offers for Division 1 after high school, so it’s nothing new to be overlooked.
“I feel like I’ve done some things that no other college basketball player has done before, but I still feel like I’m overlooked and underrated,” said Ross.
Because of this, he hopes to use the next month to do personal workouts with NBA teams to show off his strengths.
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“The design process was great. It’s everything I expected. Lots of hard work, lots of training. Every workout I do I have a chip on my shoulder. I’m here to prove that I belong, ”said Ross.
“You (an NBA team) are going to get a person who works harder than anyone else. He’s going to be a great teammate. He’ll do anything a team needs from him. You’re going to get a really good basketball player all round, ”adds Olander.
Ross and his Pepperdine teammate Kessler Edwards could become the first pair of Pepperdine teammates drafted into the NBA since 1986.
“It would be great for the Pepperdine story. If we both mention our names here, that would be history. Hopefully that will happen, but in the end we both want to stay in the league for a long time. “
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The upcoming NBA draft will take place on July 29th.