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Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: March 26, 2011 1:18 am
 
Posted by Matt Norlander

NEWARK, N.J. — Jared Sullinger, the Ohio State freshman big man who's been evaluated to be a top-five draft pick this June, told CBSSports.com he fully intends to return to Columbus for his sophomore season. Ohio State lost Friday night in the East Regional semifinals to No. 4 Kentucky, 62-60.

"I'm gonna be here, gonna be at Ohio State next year," Sullinger said when asked about his future. He further explained: "I don't like the look in peoples' eyes (right now) and I don't like the taste we have of losing. I don't appreciate losing. If I made a decision about (leaving) next year, it would be off a win, not a loss."

When asked if this was an emotional, in-the-moment decision, and if there were any possibility he would change his mind in the coming weeks, Sullinger said, "I'm a man of my word. That's period, point blank. I'm coming back."

Sullinger didn't tell his teammates about his choice prior to Friday's game against the Wildcats. According to the freshman, he mulled the scenario earlier in the day.

"I made this decision today, and I'm a man of my word," he said. "I don't go against my word. If I tell somebody I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it."

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.
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Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Say what you want about either Kentucky or Ohio Sate, THAT WAS ONE HELL OF A MATCHUP.  Games like this are why college is better than the pros.  All I saw last night was every kid out there playing with their hearts.  Good job to all involved.   



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Obviously Im glad hes going to be back for the Buckeyes next season....but seriously, sure fire top 5 pick?? I like the guy but hes no where NEAR ready to play in the NBA. Id like to hear from NBA GM's and coaches who would say hes a top 5 guy right now and not just journalists or TV analysts
I think that he is a consensus top 5 pick, or at least very close to the top 5, because it is such a weak draft. Sure there is plenty he needs to work on (conditioning, face-up game, etc.) but how many players are really better prospects than he is? By my count maybe only:

Derrick Williams
Harrison Barnes
Kyrie Irving

and maybe...
Perry Jones or Enes Kanter or a Euro guy...but pobably not

The big question though is, is Sullinger really much better than a guy like Dajuan Blair?



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

@Jacono64...............oh you mean teams like Florida and Florida State? Both of which they played and beat in their non-conference schedule. Both of which made it to the sweet 16 and higher. And next year they have 4 players in the top 100 class coming in. They were not treated unfairly they just shot poorly.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

I hate Ohio State and I'm so glad they lost even if it was to Kentucky who beat us, but I like Sullinger a lot. From his youtube video to asking for the sign from the kid at Minnesota to now staying at his school knowing he could be making some good money next year...it's tough not to appreciate that. That's very mature for a young kid like him and he clearly hasn't let his talent get to his head but he definitely will be fired up next season. OSU could easily be dangerous and a 1 seed again next year. Hopefully my Mountaineers will pull a UConn with all their freshman talent coming in next year.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:36 pm
 

OSU is GARBAGE

OSU is gunna need all the help they can get for next year. regardless, they will still lose and not win the nat'l title and all the OSU pole-riders are gunna squeal and whine about how unfair they were treated. If you are that good play like it, play GREAT teams in non-conference play. Quit playin nobodies and want credit for how great  the Overrated Sports University is. Mna up and quit crying like a bunch of girls. <):D



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Obviously Im glad hes going to be back for the Buckeyes next season....but seriously, sure fire top 5 pick?? I like the guy but hes no where NEAR ready to play in the NBA. Id like to hear from NBA GM's and coaches who would say hes a top 5 guy right now and not just journalists or TV analysts



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Yeah..Buckmanster is your typical know it all Douche bag! he is the kid i beat up in school and took his lunch money! Now he is the guy that i still beat up except i take his beer money!!!



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Thanks coachchaos,

Great post.




Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

With the possibility of a lockout, I'd stay too. 



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

 
SULLINGER, Buford, Craft, Thomas  will return along with Ohio State Buckeyes  recriuting class all are signed!

The hits keep rolling at Ohio State, with yet under coach Thad Matta.  This five man class has a little of everything – with help for the short term, players with the potential to be future stars, and solid role players.

Four of the five players are ranked as Top 100 players in the nation. Big man Amir Williams was a late grab from the state Michigan over Florida.  Williams has international experience and could work his way into being a pro prospect if he follows the trajectory that former Ohio State big men have followed.

LaQuinton Ross is a Mississippi native that was highly-ranked as a freshman in high school, considered by some analysts to be among the most elite players in the nation.  Perhaps the early reviews were unfair, but as it stands, Ross is a face-up four that should be strong along the side of Williams.

At the wing forward, the Buckeyes added one of the most athletic players in the class, Sam Thompson of Chicago.  He comes out of the highly-rated Whitney Young program, and has battled injuries throughout his high school career.  If he can stay healthy, he may put up bigger numbers as a college player than he did as a high school prospect.

Solid point guard Shannon Scott currently quarterbacks among the better high school basketball teams in the county, Milton (GA).  He could be the straw that stirs Ohio State’s drink.  Center Trey McDonald finalizes the class.  He will provide a tough post presence and a solid reserve inside.




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