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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: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:14 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Hey Besttoastskater,

Who lost by 18 last night at home?  I can't figure out why anyone would assume this kid won't be durable.  He played an additional 5 games with national opponents last year and spent nearly every minute on the floor.  Get used to seeing him munch on Gators.



Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:05 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Not only will Jared eclipse the memories of Oden, Beasely, Love and a host of pheonoms, he is likely to actually spend more than one year at OSU.  I know the family and money is not what motivates them--winning is!  The kid enjoys playing ball and is a team player first.  I watched him play defense, rebound, and run the floor like a deer against Oak Hill last year and I knew OSU would have a good team this year.  If he decides he is a "big deal" his dad Satch and his brothers will bring him back down to earth.  He is a better young man than he is a basketball player.



Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:00 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Something I don't understand from fellow Buckeye fans...why wouldn't you want Florida to continue on to a great season?  I'd like to think the Buckeyes just beat a good team on the road & in the end, strength of schedule will matter in tourney seeding.  Plus, if you don't like hearing it from other fans about games in past years, wish them luck & let it go. 



Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:27 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

I think Sullinger will win most of the National Player of the Year awards. The Buckeyes may be better than last year because he does two things. He will effectively replace the offense and rebounding numbers of Evan Turner. Sullinger's presence addresses a major issue from last season, a post scorer. I think Ohio State is the most dangerous team in the country. They are deeper than last year. They have great perimeter players, and now they have an Elton Brand like force in the paint.

Mind you, I am not a Buckeye fan. I am a Tar Heel fan and we have a pretty special freshman of our own. I just think that Sullinger will do more to be considered player of the year.




Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:58 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Nice Gator.  Wishing injury on an 18 year old kid, how pathetic are you.  But after watching that game and seeing your team QUIT in the second half (letting the nuts #4 drive to the basket while everyone just stood around) I can see why you might be bitter.  Stay classy.


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Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:56 am
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Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:56 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

MAN!!  Florida got WORKED!!  They got ABUSED by the Buckeyes again.  I mean, how many times did OSU DUNK ON UF last night?  Amazing!!


That's two games in a row now the Buckeyes have hammered the Gaytors in hoops...   OWNED.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:13 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Sour graped much? Sounds like somebody is a little bitter because their favorite football team has come back to reality and is irrelevant once again and their one hit wonder basketball team is stinking it up and quitting just like old times.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:10 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Um, yeah, Gator, and Billy Donovan's foot might get run over by a shopping cart pushed by a 5-year-old at Winn Dixie. Whatever.




Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:57 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Sullinger will likely miss significant time with injuries, as was the case with former Ohio State phenom Greg Oden.  His punishing style will not prevent a season-ending ACL or devastating hip injury.  Ohio State will most likely bow out in the Elite Eight or Sweet Sixteen.


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