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Ross Cummings

School

Mercer University

Position
Guard
Major
Masters - Higher Education Leadership

Classroom

Cummings has already completed his bachelor’s degree and is working towards obtaining his masters in higher education leadership.

He boasts a stellar 3.9 GPA and has been named to the Southern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll each of the past two seasons.

Character

Ross Cummings defines character. “Yes sir,” “Yes ma’am,” and vice versa are consistent in his vocabulary.

In addition to respecting those around him – both peers and administrators – Cummings epitomizes hard work. He chose to stay when the team underwent a coaching change prior to the 2019-20 season. Expecting to be the top scoring threat for the Bears, he was limited to six games after suffering a foot injury. Cummings underwent a vigorous rehab routine when he easily could have ended his career. With hours of physical therapy under the watchful eye of an athletic trainer, he worked to ensure his return – all while taking graduate school courses and completing an internship.

On the court, the often quiet Cummings has become a vocal leader for the team, mentoring six newcomers.

Community

Cummings is active in the community, having worked with Habitat for Humanity and Team IMPACT. By partnering with Team IMPACT, Cummings and the team were paired with an individual who is experiencing medical hardship. The program lasts for two years and allows the team to develop a relationship with the individual and vice versa. Prior to COVID-19, Cummings and the team had their partner attend several games and practices and have conducted socially distanced, outdoor visits and window visits since COVID-19 began.

He was instrumental in working to organize and participate in a racial equality march on Mercer’s campus. The march, which took place in September, was covered by local media. In addition to the march, Cummings also lent his time to a video honoring those who have lost their lives and are the reason behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

He also has lent his time to support first responders in Macon. Along with his teammates, Cummings has served meals for firefighters in Macon on multiple occasions.

Competition

Cummings became the 43rd player in program history to break the 1,000-point mark and has a chance to become the program’s leader in career three-pointers made by season’s end.

He has been named to the preseason All-SoCon Team for three consecutive seasons. Cummings led Mercer to a second round appearance in the College Basketball Invitational as a sophomore.

He averaged over 17 points per game in 2018-19 and earned All-SoCon second team honors from both the leagues voting media members and head coaches.

Cummings is leading the team in scoring as of Jan 5, 2021, with an average of 16.6 points per game. He currently ranks 40th in program history with 1,026 points and third all-time with 206 made three-pointers.