Ross started his basketball career playing for a number of teams. In his early years, he was taught about what makes a respectful sportsman and was educated by some of the best. His first team was the Fort Street School and he went onto play for the Public Service. He later played for the Newtown Police Boys Club in the 1950s.
Ross thrived under the pressure of big matches. He was a member of the Sydney Paratels from 1954 – 1966 where he won a State title in 1954. To win this particular title was a highlight of his illustrious career.
Ross was a highlight for NSW in their 1959 campaign where he was selected to play for the senior team which competed in the Australian Championships. His talent was enough to put him in a competition with the best of the best in this country.
In 1960 he had the privilege of travelling to Bologna, Italy, to compete with some of the best players on this planet. Representing Australia in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament has a nice ring to it, but unfortunately, the team fell short, just missing out on qualification for the Rome Olympics.
Ross felt the hardships of playing for Australia and returned to a more familiar surrounding representing the NSW Open Men. He did that from 1959-1962 and returned for his final season in 1964. He called time on a spectacular career in 1966.