Tag:Jared Sullinger
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:44 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:19 am
 

Wooden Award Midseason Ballots

By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the 25 names for the Wooden Midseason List was last night. Gary Parrish and I figured we'd share our lists with you, so you can make fun of us, demean us or do both. Mine are on top because, well, they are superior. Check Parrish's below and then go ahead and make fun of him. Have no problem putting two guys on from Kentucky and North Carolina, but a pair from Seton Hall?  I just couldn't do it. 

Jeff Goodman's Top 25

  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Scott Machado, Iona
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Dion Waiters, Syracuse
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Gary Parrish's Top 25
  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Trey Burke, Michigan
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Kris Joseph, Syracuse
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Herb Pope, Seton Hall
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

By Jeff Goodman

Looks like Thad Matta doesn't come to this space all that often.

My suggestion to the Ohio State coach was that he shut down his star big man, Jared Sullinger, for the time being. Let him relax over the holidays and sit out tomorrow night against Lamar and later this week against Miami (Ohio).

However, Matta told the media this afternoon that Sullinger, who has battled back spasms and now a foot injury already this season, will play on Tuesday.

It makes no sense.

The last we saw Sullinger he was hobbling off the court on crutches, shortly after his team defeated South Carolina.

That was Saturday.

It was diagnosed officially as a bone bruise to his foot and I may be overreacting, but there's just no reason to risk throwing out there the guy who will ultimately determine whether you can make a deep run in March.

Let him sit back and listen to Christmas music. Just take it slow.

Evidently, Matta disagrees.
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Jared Sullinger's holiday gift? Relaxation

By Jeff Goodman

Jared Sullinger gave up late-night snacks and his favorite foods this past summer and shed about 25 pounds of baby fat in an effort to become more versatile and increase his stamina. He was primed for a huge season. Instead, he's caught the injury bug.

The once-rotund Ohio State sophomore big man, who entered the season as the frontrunner for National Player of the Year honors, missed last weekend's loss at Kansas with back spams and then suffered a bone bruise in his foot today. He's listed as day-to-day, but if I'm Thad Matta, I'm going to be extra cautious because the Buckeyes have no shot at going to the Final Four without Sully. None. Sullinger said via twitter that he's fine -- and will be "back at it tomorrow."

I'm no doctor, but I'd sit him for the next three games - all home contests - to make sure he gets right. Really right. Up next Tuesday is Lamar, then comes Miami (Ohio) followed by the Big Ten opener against Northwestern. Even if the Buckeyes happen to lose two of them, it's no big deal. Maybe they wind up being a No. 2 seed instead of a No. 1. It's not worth the risk.

All that truly matters is to have Sullinger's back and foot issues behind him when the ball drops in Times Square, signaling the 2012. The ideal approach to do that is to give him a couple weeks off. Sure, it could also cost Sullinger Player of the Year honors. But that's irrelevant in the bigger picture - which is having a chance to win a national title.

With a healthy Sullinger, Ohio State can compete with anyone in the country. They have a terrific point guard in Aaron Craft, a big-time scoring wing in William Buford - and Deshaun Thomas showed his offensive capabilities by exploding for 30 in Saturday's win at South Carolina. Matta understands this better than anyone -- dealing with injuries to star players. Greg Oden went through it in his time in Columbus and Evan Turner's back cost him significant time. Those guys were able to come back healthy when it mattered most.

Let's hope Sullinger is as fortunate.
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Jared Sullinger suffers left foot injury

By Jeff Borzello

UPDATE: Ohio State spokesman Dan Wallenberg told Goodman that Sullinger's injury has been diagnosed as a bone bruise in his left foot.

Jared Sullinger can’t get a break.

Two games after returning from back spasms, the Ohio State sophomore was injured against South Carolina on Saturday – and it’s not his back this time.

Sullinger went to the locker room in the first half after his left foot was stepped on. Jeff Goodman reported he was off-site getting X-rays on his foot, and he was also seen leaving the arena on crutches.

Ohio State reported that it was a left foot contusion. X-rays showed no fracture in his left foot.

Sullinger had three points, two rebounds and one blocked shot in the first 3:12 before his injury.

We will update this post as more information becomes available. 

Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Craft no longer nervous about Sullinger

By Jeff Goodman

Last week, Aaron Craft was worried about Jared Sullinger.

"Just the way he was moving around," Ohio State's sophomore point guard said about his teammate. "I was nervous."

But Sullinger is making progress and is getting close to returning to the court.

"This week he's gotten a lot better," Craft said. "He's been happier, he's acting more like Jared."

Sullinger and his teammates got the day off Sunday following the team's loss at Kansas, one in which the big man sat out due to back spasms. He also sat out Monday and Craft said he was uncertain if -- and how much -- Sullinger would practice on Tuesday.

"We don't know yet," Craft said. "But he looks good running around."

Craft said he honestly didn't feel as though having Sullinger would have made the difference in the loss to Kansas. "Not with the way we played," Craft said. "We didn't have good focus defensively and didn't execute well."

That's all true. However, Sullinger helps in both areas. Boston College transfer Evan Ravenel and freshman Amir Williams combined to play 40 minutes against the Jayhawks and finished with a total of 11 points and eight rebounds.

Craft said he is still getting adjusted to being more of a focal point on this team, which is nine games into the season. He's averaging 9.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals -- and has started to shoot the ball with more consistency from the perimeter over the last few games.

"My shot was really bad early," he admitted. "But it's coming around now."

-- Craft said that Kansas was the best opposing venue he's played in thus far in his career. That honor went to Purdue a year ago, when E'Twaun Moore lit up the Buckeyes.

-- Craft is also back on track in the classroom. After receiving his first B a year ago, he earned straight A's in his four classes this past quarter.

Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Ohio State will play Kansas without Sullinger

By Gary Parrish

CBSSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year Jared Sullinger will miss Saturday's game against Kansas with apparent back spasms, according to a Tweet from former Buckeye Mark Titus.

"Was just told Jared isn't dressing today," Titus Tweeted Saturday afternoon.

CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman has confirmed the news.

This development means some of the luster is gone from Saturday's tilt between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 13 Kansas because the much-anticipated matchup between Sullinger and KU star Thomas Robinson will not happen. Tip-off is at 3:15 ET. This will be the second straight game that Sullinger has missed.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:28 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 5:33 am
 

Sullinger feeling better, dancing

By Gary Parrish

Breathe a sigh of relief, NBA scouts.

Looks like we're gonna get that Jared Sullinger vs. Thomas Robinson matchup after all.

"[Sullinger] just told me he feels great," said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. "He said he feels a lot better. He said he woke up dancing this morning."

That's good news for the second-ranked Buckeyes considering Sullinger missed last weekend's win against Texas Pan-American with back spasms. Consequently, the 6-foot-9 All-American had been unofficially listed as questionable for Saturday's game at No. 13 Kansas. But questionable has now turned to probable, meaning the most likely scenario has the two prospects ranked first and second in the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year Watch banging bodies on Saturday inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Sullinger is averaging 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Robinson is averaging 17.4 points and 12.0 rebounds per game.

Both are projected lottery picks for next June's NBA Draft.
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Sullinger out Saturday with back spasms

By Jeff Goodman

Ohio State sophomore Jared Sullinger will miss Saturday’s game against Texas Pan American with back spasms and could be out of action even longer, a source told CBSSports.com.

Sullinger has been receiving treatment for the last couple of days, and will be re-evaluated after the weekend. He did not practice Thursday or Friday.

The Buckeyes aren't certain when Sullinger will return, but sources told CBSSports.com that the injury could keep Sullinger out for an extended period of time.

The news that Sullinger would miss the UT-Pan American game was first reported by The Columbus Dispatch, which wrote he was out with an undisclosed injury.

Sullinger, the preseason Player of the Year by most media outlets, is averaging 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this season. Ohio State is 7-0, including a 22-point win over Duke earlier this week.

 
 
 
 
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