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Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: March 26, 2011 1:18 am
 
Posted by Matt Norlander

NEWARK, N.J. — Jared Sullinger, the Ohio State freshman big man who's been evaluated to be a top-five draft pick this June, told CBSSports.com he fully intends to return to Columbus for his sophomore season. Ohio State lost Friday night in the East Regional semifinals to No. 4 Kentucky, 62-60.

"I'm gonna be here, gonna be at Ohio State next year," Sullinger said when asked about his future. He further explained: "I don't like the look in peoples' eyes (right now) and I don't like the taste we have of losing. I don't appreciate losing. If I made a decision about (leaving) next year, it would be off a win, not a loss."

When asked if this was an emotional, in-the-moment decision, and if there were any possibility he would change his mind in the coming weeks, Sullinger said, "I'm a man of my word. That's period, point blank. I'm coming back."

Sullinger didn't tell his teammates about his choice prior to Friday's game against the Wildcats. According to the freshman, he mulled the scenario earlier in the day.

"I made this decision today, and I'm a man of my word," he said. "I don't go against my word. If I tell somebody I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it."

The freshman averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game this season for the Buckeyes, who spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the polls and were the No. 1 overall seed in this year's NCAA tournament.
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Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:31 pm
 

UNC IS GARBAGE!!

So Ohio State loses to Kentucky and Jacono64 gets to call them garbage.  UNC loses too, hahahahahaha! Boo-hoo!  Did UNC even have the lead at all during the game?!?



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

disspointed OSU lost, but I can't blame the refs, or make any excuses for that matter.   lot of touch fouls on UK in the first half.  harrelson's toe was clearly on the line before he threw it off of sullinger, but for the most part the zebras favored osu in the first.  in the second, I think that they favored UK more, but overall it even out.  UK played great.  Cant take anything away from them

osu should look like this next year, if sully and buford return.  this IMO would be a top 10 team again

C    Amir Williams   fr    5 star
F    Sullinger    &n
bsp;     s
o
F    Buford     
;     &nbs
p;  sr
G    Jordan Sibert    ?
G    Aaron Craft     
so


osu would do themselves a favor to try to schedule zona and uconn and other great teams ooc.  i know that they had UF and FSU this year occ, but they also had a lot of terrible teams.  no one in the big 10, except for maybe purdue, prepared them for the kind of athleticism and roster with 3 or 4 potential pros. that UK had.



Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

That a boy Sully. I'm sure pops had some influence on his decision. Then again, the kids got a good head on his shoulders. An extra year, maybe two, could really sharpen his already pro-ready talent. Ohio State will be happy to see him return as well. Already an established leader, there is no question Thad Mattta and tOSU will return with another mature group.

I'm really impressed with the way he stuck by his decision. I wonder if he was asked the question or came out with the decision on his own. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody from the press called him out before game time, which is what I hope happened. Contemplating to declare is not something any player should be thinking about during pre-game, especially during the tournament. But what impresses me the most, is the way he put his TEAM first before himself, referring to his previous comment:  "I don't like the look in peoples' eyes (right now.) I'm praying it wasn't the fans he was talking about.
 
Yet only a freshman, it really speaks to his level of maturity and love for the game. The seniors have to live with the tournament outcome, with no chance of redemption. This is something he should keep in the back of his mind and use as motivation. Leading the #1 ranked team in the nation as a first year player gives him an advantage going into next year. The pressure is good to experience early so in the future it becomes routine. I believe Sully will come back next season more determined than ever, fueled by this season's achievments.

I've been an OSU fan for about 13 years now, mainly following the football team. With the arival of this freshman phenom, I've become more fond of college basketball. Maybe it's just the excitement of the NCAA tournament taking over me, but either way it doesn't take a basketball enthusiast to realize the talent this kid posesses. Good luck next year Sully! GO BUCKS! 
 




Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

I'm a big fan of kids who stay in school instead of bolting straight to the NBA. With that being said, I think it's a huge mistake for a player who is projected top 5 to stay. You have a guaranteed 2 yr multi-million dollar contract with a club option at the absolute least if you are a top 5 pick. First and foremost, you're not going to improve your draft stock much more than a top 5 pick. Secondly, what if something terribl;e happens and he gets hurt on the court, or his seriously hurt in a car wreck next year, and ruins his chance at the NBA. He loses the money he could've earned in the NBA. You can always go back to school, but the window of opportunity in professional sports can close very quickly. I applaud the kid for his loyalty to the school, but passing up on the draft is something you do if your a late 1st round pick, not a top 5 pick. Plus I'm an IU fan so I don't really want to see him next year lol.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Hey Whack-job!  Who the heck's whining about anything?!?!?  OSU played a tough conference schedule, not over-all tough non-conference, but played a few good programs, and played wuite well in the tournament.  Kentucky played excellent defense last night and deserved to win.  I'm not a fan of theirs, but good for them.

The thing about sports isn;t supposed to be Taliban vs USA - it's supposed to be a lot of kids displaying the God-given gifts they have and appreciating the team they play against for providing them competition.

Grow-up and sto hating so much!  Nobody at OSU basketball - or football for that matter - is whining about anything!  We're always amoing the best, but it's not like it's a birthright to be the best.  We have to win it like anybody else - - - and who do you presume to root for???  Probably nowhere near the level of OSU sports.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

What?  Greg Oden was NBA-ready.  Unfortunately, his joints were not and that would have been an issue no matter what level he was playing at.  As far as the assumption on the top 5 pick part, I base mine off the opinions of scouts and people who are paid to make those opinions and judgements.  It seems most of them have Sullinger right around that neighborhood.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

I think his decision to stay is a wise one and he clearly has his head on a little straighter than some of these other freshmen who see the paycheck and bolt.  I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing but what is there to lose by staying around for another year and continuing your education while improving your game both physically and mentally
A good cautionary tale about not going when you have the chance is the story of Louisville's Taquan Dean.
He was a hotshot coming out of high school, and after his junior year in 2005, he was considered a sure lottery pick. He decided to go back to school, and misses a large chunk of the season with ankle issues. Louisville struggled as a whole, and Dean's stock fell.

He went from a sure lottery selection to undrafted and currently playing in Italy. He's not even on the NBA radar any more.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

Excellent take.   Wish it would last. <br />




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:35 pm
 

no way in hell

No way he comes back, what purpose would he have? Hes a top 5 pick, they asked him right after a hard loss, his emotions were high, hes gone, give it a week he'll change his tune



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Jared Sullinger says he will return next year

I recall a man named Greg Oden building way more hype about being an NBA-ready stud and we all fell for it.  What makes everyone assume Sullinger is a Top 5 pick for this years draft. Don't get me wrong the kid can play with the best of them but he is far from ready to dominate the NBA or even have moderate success.  I think his decision to stay is a wise one and he clearly has his head on a little straighter than some of these other freshmen who see the paycheck and bolt.  I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing but what is there to lose by staying around for another year and continuing your education while improving your game both physically and mentally. I personally don't like Ohio State but I would like to see Sullinger come back for another year so we can see if he really does have that intensity in his game that he will need every night in the NBA. He changes his mind and we may have another Dejuan Blair caliber big-man finding his way off someone's bench, but if he stays we may see more of a Al Horford type- or potentially a less acrobatic Blake Griffin.


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