Versatile player with outstanding shooting, rebounding and passing skills. Sat out the 2005-06 season after transferring to Vanderbilt from LSU.
Started 33 of 34 games played, averaging 25.0 minutes. Led Vanderbilt and ranked first among all SEC newcomers in rebounding (5.8) ... Led Vanderbilt in rebounding in a team-high 12 games ... Ranks first among all Commodore starters shooting 52.9 percent from the field (117-of-221) ... Made 11-of -28 3-pointers on the seasons ... Shot 59.6 percent from the field (68-of-114) during 17 home games ... Recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State (12/16) ... Netted a season-high 20 points on 8-of-12 field goals to go along with eight rebounds against Toledo (12/2) ... Led Vanderbilt with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field against Elon (11/25) ... Dished out a season-high six assists against South Carolina (2/14).
2004-05 (Sophomore at LSU):
Played in 30 games with one start, averaging 13.5 minutes ... Averaged 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds, splitting time with SEC Player of the Year Brandon Bass and SEC Freshman of the Year Glen Davis ... Shot 44.1 percent from the field (30-of-68) and 42.9 percent from 3-point range (9-of-21) ... Gave the Tigers a 61-59 victory over then-No. 14 Alabama in a key SEC West late-season battle with his tip-in in the final second ... Tallied a career-high seven points five times, including efforts against Auburn and Kentucky in the SEC Tournament ... Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at Auburn (2/26) ... Named to 2005 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
2003-04 (Freshman at LSU):
Played in 21 games without a start, averaging 8.9 minutes ... Averaged 1.0 point and 1.1 rebounds ... Scored a season-high five points in consecutive home games against Kentucky and Ole Miss ... Grabbed a season-high four rebounds at Vanderbilt and home against Ole Miss.
Named 2003 Mr. Basketball in Kentucky while averaging 20.2 points and 10.6 rebounds as a senior ... Led Highlands to a 27-3 record ... Earned top vote-getter recognition for First Team All-State accolades by the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader ... Selected team captain of the Kentucky High School All-Stars squad that competed against the Indiana High School All-Stars ... Averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds as a junior, earning Player of the Year honors from the Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame ... Led Highlands to a 24-8 record... Coached by John Messmer ... Played as tight end on football team during freshman and sophomore seasons ... Attended same high school as former Commodore great Scott Draud.
Ross William Neltner ... Born Feb. 23, 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Son of Margie and Rick Neltner ... Has one sister, Mallory ... Nickname is "Nelly" ... Majoring in economics... Advice to youngsters: "There is no substitute for hard work" ... Chose Vanderbilt over Florida, Illinois, Michigan.
Career Highs: Points: 20, vs. Toledo (12/2/06);
FG Made: 8, vs. Toledo (12/2/06);
FG Atts: 13, at South Carolina (2/28/07);
3FG Made: 2, 3x, last vs. Florida (2/17/07);
3FG Atts: 4, vs. Appalachian St. (12/21/06);
FT Made: 7, vs. Nicholls State (12/16/06);
FT Atts: 8, vs. Nicholls State (12/16/06);
Rebounds: 11, vs. Nicholls State (12/16/06);
Assists: 6, 2x, last vs. South Carolina (2/15/07);
Turnovers: 5, at Tennessee (2/10/07);