Mt. Juliet Standout Ethan Gross Signs NLI to Play at Memphis
Nov. 12, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Ethan Gross, a standout shortstop at Mt. Juliet High School, signed his National Letter of Intent to play his collegiate baseball at the University of Memphis, head coach Daron Schoenrock announced today. Gross is the Tiger's second early signee.
"Ethan possesses great athleticism and the game savvy you look for in a shortstop," Schoenrock said. "He loves to compete and is another future Tiger who has played for championships at a number of levels. We are very excited with Ethan's decision to become a Tiger."
Gross has enjoyed a successful prep career at Mt. Juliet. The four-year letterwinner at shortstop for head coach Mark Purvis, Gross has helped MJHS to an impressive 96-34 mark over the last three years. He has helped the Golden Bears to Region 5 title appearances in each of the last three seasons, including a Region 5 championship in 2009. Gross played a vital role in MJHS's state tournament run in 2008. For his career, Gross boasts a .391 batting average with 72 runs scored, 59 RBI and six home runs.
A two-year member of the Kansas City Royals Scout Team, Gross had a breakout season in 2009. He hit .385 with 34 runs scored, 31 RBI and five home runs to be named to the 9AAA All-District team for the second-straight year. He was named to the 9AAA All-Tournament team and hauled in 2009 Third Team All Mid-State accolades after guiding MJHS to its third-straight District Championship in 2009. Mt Juliet posted a 31-13 record and finished as the Tennessee State Runner-Up last spring.
A two-time TBCA Junior Sunbelt Team Tennessee member, Gross was selected to the 2008 Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) Super Sophomore Team after hitting .398 with a homer and 28 RBI. He was tabbed the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association Most Valuable Player in 2007.
The two-sport athlete at MJHS also excelled on the hardwood as a three-year letterman. He was a two-year starter as a point guard. On the basketball court, Gross earned 9AAA All-District honors and helped guided the Golden Bears a 9AAA District Runner-Up finish in 2009.