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Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:48 pm
Posted by Royce Young

A lot of players have said they're coming back to school following a tough loss in the NCAA tournament. Kevin Durant. Greg Oden. Jonny Flynn. It happens. But Jared Sullinger's declaration last night after Ohio State's tough loss is a bit different.

"I'm gonna be here, gonna be at Ohio State next year," Sullinger told Matt Norlander of "I made this decision today, and I'm a man of my word. I don't go against my word. If I tell somebody I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it."

Well then. If we're to take Sullinger at his word, that means a certain top five pick has just been taken off the board. Why would Sullinger come back? Because as he says, he doesn't want to go out on a loss. Of course some are wondering if the uncertainty of the next NBA season has anything to do with it, but that wasn't part of the questioning last night.

What this means is that Derrick Williams is certainly a bit more pumped. Like I said, Sullinger was a top five pick and likely the first big man coming off the board. Now that honor goes to Williams. Lucky for him. Then again, he may be earning it regardless with his stellar play in the NCAA tournament.

Most projections have Sullinger somewhere between two and four right now. For teams that were definitely eying him like Cleveland, Toronto and New Jersey, this is quite the bummer. This draft just got a lot thinner at the top without Sullinger in it.

That is of course, if he sticks to his guns. Once the emotion of the loss finally settles and he gets a whiff of what his future could be, he might change his mind. But maybe not. Some guys just like college. The NBA can always wait another year. Remember, Blake Griffin played two seasons at OU and he was all the better for it. He was much more prepared to make an immediate impact in the NBA.

The freshman averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game this season for the Buckeyes, who spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the polls and were the No. 1 overall seed in this year's NCAA tournament. He's a bit undersized at 6-8, but he's a wide body with great touch around the basket. Plus he clearly works hard on and off the court and by all appearances, is a great kid. He would've made some general manager very happy. Too bad though.
Category: NBA

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 28, 2011 10:54 am

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

I'm glad to hear Sullinger say he's coming back. I hope he does. Not only because I'm an OSU fan, but because he needs another year of seasoning. The one thing that makes me think he will come back is that his family really doesn't need the money. Unlike most high profile collegiate athletes, his family is doing OK financially. Add to that, his father wants him to stay in school. It makes his decision to return much easier.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:07 am

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

MaizeCrazed, did you post Buford would be a lottery pick?

I can agree that Sullinger should not have been thought of as a top 5 pick but likely outside of a lottery pick (15 to 20) . He has power, low post moves to both sides and getting him in better shape should only help him improve. And NBA teams have not had time to see if he could improve and they always think a player can improve more the younger they get them (which is often very wrong). D. Blair is the player who helps JS get teams to overlook his weak leaping.

But Buford would be lucky to go in the 1st round. Only top stars go in the lottery after 3 years of NBA scouts watching them play. He does not handle very well and he is not very quick. And as streaky as he is, the best to expect would be about 20 and down in the 1st if he were lucky. I think Buford would have to prove at lot in workouts to get out of the second round.

After #2 pick Turner became a less than solid player (really a backup) in his first year in the NBA, no team will overrate OSU guards anytime soon.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:46 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

tcards05 - thank you for the input.  I actually live 15 minutes from the OSU campus, and attended....i'm willing to bet....a lot more of their games than you did this year.  Living in Columbus, ALL I HEARD ABOUT was how this was the year.  (the same with the football team by the way....)   I'm not saying Matta can't recruit cards....I know full well what he can do and continues to do.  As you know in college sports, with the limited time you have your players, timing is everything.  With all of the one and two-and-dones over the last few years, he has struggled keeping seniors on his team which hurts you.  Duke doesn't have that problem which is why the pipeline is always full. How many back-breaking shots did Diebler and Lighty hit this year?  How many times did Lauderdale provide solid minutes and take the pressure of JS?  What you will have next year is a bunch of raw talent, some fairly raw sophmores, and....assuming for a second my prediction is wrong....Buford.  I hate to break it to you, but Buford is a streaky player who can get hot, but can also take a bunch of horrid shots. HE IS NOT a leader.  He is no Lighty.  This comes from people who are a lot closer to the program than you or I.  Right now DeShaun Thomas is the guy with the most upside potential on that squad, and thus far all he has really proven is that...much like George Costanza....he is a "chuck".  
Trust me brother, while I'm a maize and blue fan, I assure you I'm more interested in talking facts and not throwing an anti-OSU agenda at you.  I truly think this team will have a harder time finding itself than this squad did.   They are talented and deep NO QUESTION.....but i promise losing that senior leadership is going to hurt more than you are expecting it to.  

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:45 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

bluegray213 I'm not an OSU fan nor do I profess to know all that much about Sullinger, but from what I have seen of him throughout the regular season, Big Ten Tourney and into the NCAA's I can make the following statement. If you were half the athlete that Sullinger is then you would be playing D1 ball somewhere instead of posting incorrect, negative material about a kid who tries his heart out on the floor for his team.  I hope we see Sullinger back at OSU next year and I'd love nothing more than to see Sullinger demonstrate his athletic ability to you and your Jayhawks at some point in the future.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:03 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Matta's bench is already loaded with top recruits.  He will probably do it again this year.  With 4 of the top 7 returning, the Buckeyes will be ranked top-5 from day 1.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:45 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

While I will agree that this was one of the Buckeyes best chances in years, you obviously haven't seen the teams and recruiting classes Matta has put together in his time at OSU.  To say this was it, is just ignorant.  Sullinger has been saying for the better part of this year that he is coming back for his sophmore year - it was commonly known in Columbus that he would be there two years.  He will be back, Bufford has said he'll be back, Deshaun Thomas wiill be back, Craft will be back - what they lose are some serious leaders, but I saw Sullinger become a leader last night - he took that game over.  Yes the Buckeyes lost, but this was Sullinger's first game where his emotion and power took over a game and nearly carried the Buckeyes to a victory.  Bufford shot the ball terribly last night, that is why the Buckeyes lost and he, I'm sure, knows it.  He and Sullinger will lead this team next year and they will be as strong as this year's team.  D.Thomas will be a guy who scores and scores and scores...he is from my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN and that is what he does.  The Buckeyes have a Top 10 recruiting class coming in next year, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross and Shannon scott are all 4 star recruits and are all in the Rivals 150.  They also will have Jordan Siebert and JD Witherspoon, as sophmores coming back.  This team will be younger and deeper...and built for the future.  Think before you type - the hatred people have for OSU is rediculous...why??  Because we win?  Because we are good?  I'll give KU all the credit in the world for last night's win, but if Bufford hits 5 of 16 instead of 2 of 16, they are still playing.  The Buckeyes are and will always be solid - football, basketball...whatever.  To quote a coach from the state of Wisconsin...Deal with it!  GO BUCKS!!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:30 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Bleed_Orange: B1G has a postseason tourney (they have for a long time now). If OSU won that they would have to go to the NCAA tournament. So can't end on a win without winning it all.
E for Effort.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:17 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Really? Top three recruiting class coming in.......Do your homework idiot.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:14 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Or it could mean that OSU doesn't qualify for the tourney next year, in spite of winning their very last game of the regular season. (Highly unlikely, but still a way to get out off a victory :p)

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:06 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Gone. Don't believe it. He's coming back because he "...doesn't want to go out with a loss"? Yeah right. Only one team doesn't end their season with a loss, so Sullinger is saying he wants to win the national championship. Isn't that precious? Jared, every player in America wants the same thing. OSU isn't going to win it next year either. Their best shot was this year. This year was a good as it's ever going to get in Buckeye land.

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