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Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:18 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 3:50 am
 
Now do you see why I named Jared Sullinger a First Team Preseason All-American?

And the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year?

And the nation's top big man?

The Ohio State freshman made 13 of 17 shots to finish with 26 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 93-75 victory at Florida, and he more than lived up to the "monster" label Billy Donovan bestowed upon him last weekend. It was the type of early performance against a quality opponent that'll have the nation now clamoring for more Sullinger, and it's precisely why I never hesitate to hype the elite freshmen before they ever officially play a college game.

I didn't need to see Sullinger wear an OSU jersey to know he was going to be awesome. I saw him in an All-Ohio Red jersey two summers ago, knew it then and wrote these words: "[Sullinger] is a big-bodied, true post presence who should dominate the college game from the moment he enrolls at Ohio State." So far, Sullinger has done exactly that. He's averaging 22.5 points and 12 rebounds through two games for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, and I'm not revisiting all this to highlight how right I was (OK, fine, that's partly why I'm revisiting all this) as much as I'm revisiting all this to remind readers for the fifth consecutive year that the best freshmen will forever be among the nation's top players as long as the NBA age-limit is in place.

Get used to it.

Stop fighting it.

And cease talking about barely existent adjustment periods.

Yes, there is an adjustment period for most freshmen, perhaps even 99 percent of them. But the truly unique talents -- Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, etc., -- don't have to adjust much at all. They just have to enroll and start dominating.

Sullinger is the latest example of such a talent.

But rest assured, he won't be the last.
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Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:57 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

would have been seniors last year.



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:19 pm
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

You know whats crazy? Greg Oden and Mike Conley would be seniors right now. Imagine a healthy Greg Oden who is a senior along with Jared Sullinger. Thats a scary thought. It's a good thing Oden jumped right to the pros to start his wonderful career Wink



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:42 pm
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

I agree with the posters that I was more impressed by Lighty and Craft last night.  I love Sully and he is going to be an absolute star this year, but most of his buckets came from dishes and dump downs.  Craft blew me away.  UF played a full court man to man with some press all game and Craft broke it all night.  It was actually kind of embarrassing that Donovan never backed out of it.
I could honestly care less on UF's success the rest of the season.  Sure it makes OSU "look better" if UF does well, but.....OSU happens to play in the toughest and deepest conference in college basketball this year.  I think that matters more in football and for mid-majors and bubble teams.  If OSU takes care of business and wins the Big Ten, they will more than likely be a 1 seed.  



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

I think the right side of his body reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon and his left side a clone of

.  In the finals he will disappear on one side of the court in a puff of smoke only to appear mid-air on the other side to do a two-footed upside-down "In-Your-Face Disgrace".  Then he will admit to Gary that he has impregnated Mrs. Parish by means of a simple smile and wink.  Also, I would like to mention that I do not hope he suffers an injury.  I would prefer to see him lose, playing the best game ever played by a human being, to the Illini.  IMHO.




Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 5:47 pm
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Your take is almost perfect. As a Buckeye, I will take issue with Oden. He did have an adjustment period. In fact, he should have stayed in school for at least one more year. The difference in Sullinger's under the basket awareness and presence is heads and tails above what Oden's was. You can see the result with the disappointment Oden's been in the NBA (injuries aside).


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Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 2:41 pm
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Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:04 pm
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Wow, you did your job....a prediction came true.  Could you be any more arrogant?



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:01 pm
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Now do you see why I named Jared Sullinger a

GP....I admit it.  You were right.  I was wrong.  This time.  Kiss



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

johnnytaco...you are exactly correct! many of us hate the gators and allow that to get in the way of common sense! i would think all fans in SEC hate the gators.....that gator chomp and that damn cheer they do every 2 minutes is enough besides their red neck fans!! we just love seeing them get beat,especially in football. how is that possible with the greatest coach and greatest recruiting???? maybe it's arrogance!!



Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:50 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

This is not meant to diminish Sullinger, he is very impressive, but let's not go overboard. Florida's interior defense was abysmal. Sullinger must have had at least 5 wide open dunks where the defense left him to stop the penetrating guard. If there was a player to be impressed with, it was Lighty. The combination of his oustside shooting and penetrating ability opened up the underneath as they chased him around. A good third to half of Sullingers shots were him standing 3 feet from the basket with no one guarding him because the penetrating guard pulled the defense away from him. Once again, I'm not diminishing the talent of Sullinger, but statistics can be misleading, and in this case, they're making a good performance seem "otherworldly".


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