I'll give a similar disclaimer as Jason - with the site being down I was forced to put this together in the wee hours of this morning so sorry if my eye boogers cause any grumattikul errors or lack of wit.Anyway, it seemed like a good time to catch up on a few recent hoops happenings since I know many of you tune out to that side of OSU athletics until closer to tip off. On the recruiting front, Matta recently picked up two more recruits for the already stacked 2010 class in the form of Lenzelle Smith Jr., a 6'3" guard out of Chicago and Jordan Sibert, another 6'3" guard hailing from Cincinnati Princeton.
Smith is rated the #3 junior in Illinois and chose OSU over Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia and Marquette. He averaged 14 points and 7 boards per game last year leading his Class 4A team to a state runner up finish.
Sibert saw his stock rise with a strong AAU campaign for the All-Ohio Red juggernaut featuring fellow 2010 Buckeye recruit Jared Sullinger and now finds himself listed as the 18th best overall prospect by Rivals and 3rd best shooting guard.
The 2010 class now stands at five members, three are five stars (Sibert, Sullinger, DeShaun Thomas) with Smith (4) and 6'5 Cameron Wright (3) out of Cleveland. Matta's next target is fellow AAU All-Ohio Red stud Adreian Payne, a 6'9" baseliner from Dayton. He's like Hansel, he's so hot right now. (Am I supposed to believe I'm the only one who thinks Zoolander deserved a Oscar?)
Draft Express posted their top 5 Big Ten pro prospects. Not so surprisingly, Evan Turner holds down the #2 spot though I was definitely shocked to see David Lighty in the #3 hole.
OSU recently unveiled the Schott's new fancy scoreboard and a 970 foot LED board ringing the rowdy confines of the suite level. Bob Baptist also has the details on the new practice gym set to be built on to the west side of the Schott.