Ross Neltner, a skilled 6-8, 225 pound power forward from Highlands H.S. in Ft. Thomas, Ky., told us it was a combination of things that led him to committing to LSU. "A lot of people don't know LSU has one of the best business schools in the South," Neltner said. "They have an average ACT score of 25 there. They have an academic center with $14 million in renovation. The coaches and players are great. The fan support at LSU is tremendous."
Neltner visited Virginia from September 27th-29, LSU from October 18th-20th and also visited Northwestern last Spring.
He also had some previous recruiting interest during the summer from Stanford, Utah, Michigan, West Virginia, Tulane, Princeton, and Davidson.
At the ABCD Camp, we liked the way that Neltner played within himself, proving himself to be a capable rebounder and outlet passer. He is a pretty nifty passer for a big man, and we are certain that we will see some more aspects of his game out in Las Vegas with the Derek Smith All-Stars.
This past season at Highlands, Neltner averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and four blocks per game. He said he has a 3.9 GPA and scored an 1160 on the SAT and a 27 on the ACT.
Here is another link to LSU picking up forward Ross Neltner: Ross Neltner Story
"The recruiting class for LSU in 2003 is awesome," Neltner said. "If they brought me in as their fourth recruit and possibly Brandon Bass. That would be a top three class. I am looking to win an NCAA championship. And with the manpower they have we could do it. Plus playing in the SEC and the fan support in Louisiana you can't beat it."