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Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

Posted on: December 18, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Now the kid is banking 30-footers.


So I guess it's time to add "makes insane jumpers at the end of halves" to the list of things Jared Sullinger can do, and it might be getting easier to just make a list of things he can't do. Like play point guard. I'm still operating under the belief that Ohio State's sensational freshman cannot play point guard. He seems too big. But at this point, who could say for sure? Sullinger has done pretty much everything else through 10 games this season.

Ohio State dominated South Carolina on Saturday.

The Buckeyes won 79-57.

It was another impressive performance from the team that seems most likely to challenge Duke. But the story, more than anything else, was once again Sullinger -- OSU's 6-foot-9 forward who scored 34 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and finished the first half with a 30-footer that must've had South Carolina coach Darrin Horn looking for a white towel to toss on the court. I mean, have we really reached the point where Sullinger has to be guarded out to 30 feet? If so, forget about it. Because we already know he can't be handled within 10 feet, and good luck keeping him off the boards.

Sullinger is now averaging 18.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season.

He's already been named the Big Ten Player of the Week twice.

He's been the league's Freshman of the Week four times.

Those numbers should move to three and five when the league announces this week's winners. Odds are they'll go to four and six next week because, well, Sullinger is tremendous. Just tremendous. And though I'm not ready to call him completely unstoppable quite yet, I sure haven't figured out a way to stop him. Best I can tell, neither has anybody else.
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2010 12:31 am

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

So I saw you in Kroger the other night Gary and I wasn't sure if it was you because you didn't have the tan. I kept looking at you funny and you noticed and started looking at me funny and it was an awkward moment. Next time I'll say something. Not sure what.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2010 10:17 pm

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

something people need to keep in mind regarding him choosing to leave or not.. 
will the NBA have Labor issues..
that could very well affect any decision he makes in that regard..

Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2010 3:43 pm

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

I was at the game, and it was clear the play was intended to be a give and go back to Lighty, but when Sullinger got wrapped up, he took the shot.  Great to see such poise from a freshman, and did you notice the form?  He didn't heave it, he shot it. He has really been a great addition to this team, and he seems to be improving game to game.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2010 9:49 am

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

Both shots yesterday were equally impressive.
Sullinger's was leading into halftime, they had already been on a tear to end the first half.  He caught the ball with his back to the basket and banked in the turn-around.  It was sweet.
Knight's shot was also leading into halftime, but he threw it up from half-court as he was hit with a smart pass as he ran up the floor.  When that shot banked in it was probably the first time all night the whole Rupp crowd was on their feet.  Definitely 2 incredible shots.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:44 pm

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

Brandon Knight hit a half court shot tonight.

Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 7:09 pm

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

Hey diehard - I have to respectfully disagree in that I think he should likely go after one year.  I think there is more patience for bigs at the NBA level.  If he is a lottery pick (and at this point he most definitely is) he should go.  The small guys will get let go after a sub-par year or two at the next level.  The bigs have a job as long as they play hard and rebound even if they can't shoot vs. NBA talent.  Oh, and honest - i'm not wishing him gone just because I'm an MSU fan.  It is fun watching this kid play and if he wants to stick around Columbus for a couple more years that is fine except he is holding a winning lottery ticket that he can cash in as soon as the NBA calls him.  Or, he loses the ticket if he blows out a knee.  
In my opinion Greg Oden most definitely made the right choice.  Who was going to draft him as a lottery pick if he spend the next 1-3 years at OSU being hurt?  He can always head back to OSU for his degree.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 6:11 pm

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

This kid is showing serious talent and some definite potential for the next level. I'm just hoping Sullinger doesn't leave the team after a year like Greg Oden did. I think it's a lot harder for a superstar big man to make the transition to the NBA if he doesn't have a quality college career under his belt (unlike guards such as John Wall).

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