Tag:Ohio State
Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:18 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 3:50 am

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

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.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:55 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 1:57 pm

Billy D thinks Sullinger is a 'monster'

That latenight game at FedExForum was fun, but the prize of this ongoing 24 hours of college basketball tips at 6 p.m. ET when No. 4 Ohio State visits No. 9 Florida. It should be great, if only because of the opportunity to see Florida's big and experienced frontline of Vernon Macklin and Alex Tyus try to slow Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger.

By now, you know what I think of Sullinger.

Here's what Florida coach Billy Donovan thinks of Sullinger:

"I think he's a monster," Donovan told me this weekend. "I think he's great."

Sullinger got 19 points and 14 rebounds in OSU's season-opening win over North Carolina A&T. I'm not necessarily predicting similar numbers tonight, but if the 6-foot-9 forward produces them it would pretty much stop everybody from asking why I named him the CBSSports.com Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year.
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:24 pm

No major surprises on Signing Day

It's National Signing Day.

I hope you're enjoying it.

There are no real surprises so far ... other than that LaQuinton Ross isn't expected to sign with Ohio State despite committing to the Buckeyes in August. The plan now, according to Ohio State beat writer Bob Baptist, is for Ross to visit OSU this weekend, then decide if he wants to sign with the school. Meantime, there are indications that Mississippi State might be back in the mix because two of Ross' summer teammates plan to enroll there.

Ross is from Mississippi.

MaxPreps.com ranks him seventh in the Class of 2011.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:16 am

No surprise in Big Ten media poll

The Big Ten announced Thursday that media members who cover the league have voted Michigan State as the preseason favorite and MSU point guard Kalin Lucas as the Player of the Year. My ballot would've featured Michigan State as the favorite and Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger as the Player of the Year. But Lucas -- a veteran from a team that's made two straight Final Fours -- is certainly the more conventional pick for Player of the Year. So the announcement doesn't really come as a surprise.

Worth noting: Ohio State was picked second, Purdue third.

So the Big Ten media only dropped the Boilermakers one spot because of Robbie Hummel's injury.

Again, it's not what I'd do.

But it's certainly a reasonable way to vote.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:59 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 9:00 am

If the Wooden Award would allow it ...

The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 does not include freshmen, but that hasn't stopped folks from asking which freshmen I would've included if allowed. My answer: North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Baylor's Perry Jones, Kentucky's Brandon Knight and Duke's Kyrie Irving are obvious candidates, and Kansas' Josh Selby and Kentucky's Enes Kanter would certainly be on the list if I knew for sure that they'd be eligible.

Another no-brainer: Ohio State's Jared Sullinger.

In fact, my guess is that Sullinger has the biggest impact of all freshmen.

Kevin Love averaged 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in his one season at UCLA.

Five bucks says Sullinger posts similar numbers and is named Big Ten Freshman and Big Ten Player of the Year.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:53 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 1:35 am

MTV to film reality series on HS power in Memphis

Where Class of 2011 standout Adonis Thomas will play college basketball remains unclear.

But this much is certain: He'll be a TV star by the time he arrives on campus.

Melrose High coach Jermaine Johnson told CBSSports.com on Thursday that his Memphis-based program -- headlined by Thomas, a consensus top 10 national recruit -- will be the subject of a reality series scheduled to start shooting next week and air later this year or next year on MTV. According to Johnson, the show will be similar to the wildy popular "Two-A-Days" series MTV did on the Hoover (Ala.) High football team in 2006 -- main difference being that this version, which is yet to be named, will chronicle the lives of innercity minorities trying to repeat as state champions.

"Everybody is so excited," Johnson said. "It's going to be huge."

So what about Thomas and his future?

Johnson said his star prospect still hasn't narrowed his list of potential colleges, that all the schools that have been heavily recruiting the 6-foot-6 wing remain involved -- among them Memphis, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Truth is, most insiders believe it will be difficult to pry Thomas out of Memphis considering four of his summer teammates (Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Jelan Kendrick and Tarik Black) are now freshmen in Josh Pastner's program, but that theory hasn't stopped many from seriously pursuing the likely McDonald's All-American.

Johnson said the latest to make a move is UCLA.

"Ben Howland has been relentless," Johnson said. "He's made Adonis his top target."
Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 11:20 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward from Chicago who could prove to be the best prospect in the Class of 2011, will announce soon that he'll play college basketball at Kentucky, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The paper cited a "reliable source."

Davis' commitment would give Kentucky three of the nation's top six prospects from the Class of 2011 (according to the latest rankings at Scout.com) and almost certainly ensure John Calipari will sign college basketball's best class for the third consecutive year. Davis would join Michael Gilchrist (No. 1 at Scout.com) and Marquis Teague (No. 6 at Scout.com) on the list of early UK commitments. Scout.com has Davis No. 5 nationally, but he is expected to be higher when the rankings are updated thanks to an unusual rise to prominence during the July evaluation period that concluded last week.

Davis was also reportedly considering Ohio State, DePaul and Syracuse.

An interesting aspect of the Sun-Times story came in the ninth paragraph, where the writer, Michael O'Brien, reported some are "alleging that the commitment cost $200,000." O'Brien described the allegation as a "rumor" and offered no sources for it. The prospect's father, Anthony Davis Sr., denied the "rumor" to the paper.

(UPDATE: The Sun-Times has removed, without explanation, the $200,000 allegation from O'Brien's story.)

(UPDATE No. 2: Lawyers representing Kentucky sent a letter to O'Brien late Wednesday formally demanding that the Sun-Times "withdraw the publication from any source from which it has been published, and issue an immediate statement that you know of no credible evidence indicating that there is any truth to the 'rumors' referred to in your article." O'Brien is yet to respond.)
Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:04 am
Edited on: August 4, 2010 9:06 am
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