Mountain Hawk Hoops Pros Spotlight: Kahron Ross
Over the course of the 2020-21 school year, Lehighsports.com will catch up with several former Mountain Hawks under head coach Brett Reed who will later play professionally. It continues with Kahron Ross ’18.
Creator: Justin Lafleur, Lehigh Sports Communications
The eternal men’s basketball assist leader, Kahron Ross, came to Bethlehem from Jonesboro, Arkansas.
He was used to living a plane trip from home, so he wasn’t surprised when the chance arose to play professional basketball in a completely different country.
“It’s easiest to think off the pitch [transition to professional basketball] “I was far from home again and so far from my family,” said Ross. “After four years in Lehigh, I was used to it.”
In this place, Ross’ game has carried over to the professional ranks. Today Ross is a prominent representative of the Cheshire Phoenix in the British Basketball League. He currently averages 19.8 points and 5.8 assists in a team high of 38.8 minutes per competition. Ross was named one of the BBL’s first All-Star Five of the season and was named BBL Show Player of the Week on Tuesday (January 5th).
. @ ByAnyMeans_3 made it to the first All-Star Five of the season. Not too shabby. 💪 #LehighFamily https://t.co/FJeOInfS1R
– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) November 11, 2020
England marks the third year of Ross’s professional journey. His career opportunities arose after a historic four-year career during which he became the program’s first four-time All-Patriot League winner. Ross still holds the program records for assists in a game (14), season (194), and career (660), while his 1,368 career points are 16th in program history.
That success only confirmed Ross that he could take his game to the next level.
“To be honest, before Lehigh, I thought I could go pro, but it really started when I started doing college and winning awards,” he said.
After graduating in 2018, Ross’ first stop was Germany.
Rookie year pic.twitter.com/iKNISjIhX2
– Kahron Ross (@ ByAnyMeans_3) April 18, 2019
“Choosing an agent is the first thing you have to do in the process, but it’s also one of the hardest things to do,” he said. “You have to choose someone you trust, who has connections, and you have to do it in a timely manner.
“As soon as you finish your last college game, agents start beating you up. You have to narrow it down and find the right agent, then everything is in the hands of your agent. You just have to stand by and stay tuned.” “
Ross’ rookie season began with the PS Karlsruhe Lions in the German ProA league. He stayed true to what he did best as he continued to improve other areas of his game.
“I always see myself as a pass first point guard who involves the boys and lets the boys shoot on time and on goal,” said Ross. “I always try to improve in some aspect of my game every summer. I’ve improved in basketball overseas. Being aggressive at shooting the ball will only open up opportunities to play. I’ve tried.” to keep improving my game and getting better in all aspects. “
To keep growing, Ross knew he had to improve his (already strong game) against many different types of opponents.
“The biggest adjustment I had to make was my body and get strong in all the right places,” he said. “You play with grown men. You are a rookie who plays with over 35s. The biggest adjustment was the physicality of it all.”
Ross acclimatized admirably. After an average of 8.9 points and 4.4 assists in Germany, Ross went to Albania for his second 2019/20 season and played for Vllaznia in the Albanian SuperLiga.
“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was only there for a few months,” he said.
Some highlights from the new @ CheshireNix man Kahron Ross. pic.twitter.com/r6NY1UTdDA
– bbl fix (@BblFix) July 16, 2020
Now Ross finds himself back in the BBL, who has seen several Mountain Hawk alums over the years, most recently Mackey McKnight and Jesse Chuku.
“It’s a great place for me in a great organization,” said Ross. “I’m glad I decided to come here. It was everything I expected. There is a lot of competition and a lot of good teams from top to bottom.”
Ross acknowledged that the style of play in England is similar to that in Germany.
“There are a lot of guys who have played in high level colleges that are now in this league,” he said. “I could say the same for Germany. It’s one step higher than Albania, but I’m still grateful that I played there because I needed it back then.”
Ross’s entire past, including his time at Lehigh, played an important role in getting him to where he is today.
“Being a leader is a big part of being a point guard – not just leading vocally, but also leading by example,” said Ross. “Coach Reed really helped me with the voice in that regard, so when I went abroad it was a little more normal for me. It was an easy adjustment.”
Head coach Brett Reed and the entire Mountain Hawks team play an important role in so many graduates who later play for careers (nearly 20 in Reed’s first 13 season as Lehigh head coach).
“You have to give a lot of credit to the coaching staff,” said Ross. “They do a really good job of recruiting players with an attitude that they want to play at the highest level, be it in the NBA, the EuroLeague or professionally elsewhere. It is an honor for the coaching staff to have so many guys now play professionally. ” “
Ross hopes his professional career is just beginning. No matter how things go in the future, he really lives in the present.
“I want to play as long as possible before I can’t play anymore,” he said. “When I’m 35, 40 or whatever age I just want to keep playing as long as possible.
“I’m trying not to look too far ahead,” Ross continued. “I try to take it one year at a time and enjoy the moment.”