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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.
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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:12 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Ah, a michigan fan obviously. It's been awhile since I have seen so much bad info in a single post. Sullinger WILL BE a top 5 pick if he comes out but it looks like he has been leaning towards staying at OSU for awhile now. In interviews his brother JJ has said "I can't comment on Jarrads future but lets just say you are going to be seeing me at a lot of OSU games next season".
    As far as Buford, it seems that his strong play this year has vaulted him into position to be drafted in the second round in this years draft. It has also been predicted that Buford and Sullingers choice to go pro or not would be tied together. Meaning if Jerrad goes Will would go but if JS decides to stay Will would stay as well.
    Both of them would do themselves good in staying, especially Buford. I can see Will making a real run at Big Ten player of the year in 20212. Either way, stay or go, the Buckeyes future is EXTREMELY bright. Another steller class coming in next season coupled with the 2011 class means many years on top of the polls to come. OSU is truely turning into a national hoops power....

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:58 pm


Uh, yea - there is no way in h*** that Sullinger was a top 5 pick.  Is this guy serious?   Zero outside game, no real quick moves in the post, can't get 2 inches off the ground.  I mean, seriously?  There is no question, none at all, that this guy has great potential.  But his only game is backing people down and then tossing up an ugly layup off the glass.  And he's not that tall!  I do not see where he fits in the NBA, long term or short term.  If he wants any shot however, he needs at least two more years at OSU.  
And - Chase?  Buford is gone.  I can't see him returning, not when he will prob be a lottery pick, even after the atrocious showing against KY.  Without Lauderdale, Diebler, Lighty, and possibly Buford....this team will not be near the threat they were this year.  This year was their best shot at a title.  

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:39 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Wow, does this spell gloom and doom for the rest of the Big Ten or what?! This not only will make the Buckeyes a league favorite next year with him and possibly Buford coming back but with the talented class coming in too! This decision should put the Buckeyes up in the top three or five going into the new year. Good to see that college still means more to some than the love of money.

Looking forward to having you come back Sully! Go Buckeyes! Congrats on a great run this year too! It was exciting! Good job seniors!

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:42 pm
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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:38 pm

Bummer for GMs: Sullinger says he's coming back

Not too bad.  I'm glad he's staying, even if he destroys my Gophers twice.

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