Sullinger to Declare for NBA Draft

By Ramzy Nasrallah on April 4, 2012 at 1:45p

Multiple sources have told the Plain Dealer and ESPN that sophomore Jared Sullinger will forego his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

Sullinger, who celebrated his 20th birthday last month, averaged a double-double in his final year as a Buckeye (17.2 ppg/10.2 rebs) and was named the NCAA Tournament East Region's Most Outstanding Player in Ohio State's road to the Final Four.

As a freshman, Sullinger made a strong argument for renaming the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week award after him, taking the honor a ridiculous 11 out of 15 weeks (losing out to DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft in two of those "off" weeks). 

The first native Ohioan to be named PARADE Player of the Year since LeBron James leaves school following back-to-back seasons as a consensus first-team All American and the first player to do so as a freshman and sophomore since LSU's Chris Jackson 22 years ago.

Although he was projected to be a lottery pick in last year's NBA draft, he returned to school having slimmed down and determined to sharpen his skills for the next level. As we saw - and enjoyed - over the past two seasons, he's a nightmare for opposing teams in the mid and high-post and as good as any big man in college basketball with his back to the basket.

Best of luck to Sully in fulfilling his basketball dreams. Enjoy some highlights from his memorable two-year run at Ohio State.

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