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Former RHHS star signs with Swiss team
RH hoops 2 Lorenza Ross
Richmond Hill High School alumnus Lorenza Ross, pictured playing for the Wildcats, has signed a contract to play basketball with a team in Switzerland. - photo by File photo

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Former Richmond Hill High School and Lincoln Memorial University standout Lorenza Ross will continue his basketball  career professionally.

Ross has signed a contract with Starwings Basket Regio Basel of Switzerland’s Pro-A league, according to

Ross was named the South Atlantic Conference player of the year and a Division II All-American as a senior point guard at LMU. He averaged 12.2 points, 5.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from 3-point range.

Behind Ross, Lincoln Memorial posted a 30-3 record,breaking the conference’s single-season record for wins and winning percentage while matching LMU’s 1976-77 team for the most wins in program history. The Railsplitters rolled to their third consecutive regular-season conference championship with a 21-1 SAC mark.

“Lorenza is the epitome of a guy who it’s hard to look at a stat sheet and have an appreciation for what he does,” LMU head coach Josh Schertz said. “He just impacts winning. He was the base, the starting point for everything we did at both ends of the court. Accolades were spread around, but none of what we have accomplished over the last few years would have been possible without him.”

Starwings Basket Regio Basel is based in Basel, Switzerland, the third-most populous city in Switzerland with a population of approximately 195,000. Basel sits alongside the river Rhine, where the Swiss, French and German borders meet in the northwest portion of Switzerland.
Ross ranks second in the Lincoln Memorial record book in career games played (122) and minutes played (3,298), fourth in assists (441) and ninth in assist average (3.6). He is 20th in career scoring with 1,143 points.

Along with their three straight conference titles, the Railsplitters went 109-18 with four NCAA Division II tournament appearances in Ross’s four years. He, along with fellow seniors Keenan Peterson and C.J. Wakeley, is the winningest player in school and league history.

Before starring at LMU, Ross was a two-time all-region and all-state selection at RHHS. He was named the region player of the year as a senior after leading the Wildcats to the region championship and averaging 12.8 points and a team-high 4.4 assists per game.

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