The Buckeyes Arrive in Los Angeles

By Jason Priestas on March 27, 2013 at 2:55a
The Ohio State basketball team poses near the Santa Monica Pier (Photo by Jeff Boals)

The Ohio State men's basketball team arrived in Tinseltown shortly after 4 p.m. local time Tuesday and did what a lot of tourists do in LA: They hit up the Third Street Promenade in nearby Santa Monica. Here they are posing for a photo with the famous Santa Monica Pier in the background.

Quick observations from the photo: 

  • Aaron Craft looks thrilled to be in California and not to be studying for his organic chemistry exam.
  • Lenzelle Smith Jr. is clearly the team dad. The dad belt gives it away.
  • Amedeo Della Valle brought his Hollywood clothes for the trip.
  • LaQuinton Ross's body language speaks volumes about where he is in his career right now. Ready to be alpha, but not quite there yet.
  • Deshaun Thomas is good at striking Dr. Dre poses.

Other highlights from the team's first day in LA:

Slow down, gents. Can't have too much fun. Dad says it's time for bed:

Source: @JeffBoals


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Basso Profondo's picture

Where is Slam Thompson? Looks like a great time though.

216ToThe614's picture

He was probably at a nearby public court, dunking on dudes in a pick up game

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!

Seth4Bucks's picture

Who's taking the picture? I'm only counting eleven in the photo and the official roster lists thirteen players. Slam Thompson is not in there and a careful look at the profile pictures on the site makes me think that the other missing player is Andrew Goldstein. I'm not sure though, I have to be honest I can't recognize the walk-ons without going to their profile pictures.

brandonbauer87's picture

I don't see Shannon Scott either. 

slippy's picture

Scott is hiding in the back.  Look to (viewer's) left of ADV.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

oh wow.....hahahahah

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

MediBuck's picture

Right next to the awkward hover-hand :)

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Seth4Bucks's picture

Yeah, he was definitely lurking in the shadows there and I didn't see him at first either.

Seth4Bucks's picture

In all fairness the opponent on the hardwood didn't see him 63 times this season either.

brandonbauer87's picture

That's what I get for looking at the picture on my iPhone. 

Bolt's picture

Dunking, prolly.

niblick's picture

when they said "cheese" he jumped, just hasn't landed yet

DJRoss926's picture

Gahh, redacted. Niblick beat me to the joke.

William's picture

Mfw I have an Econ class with Della Valle. That class is a serious joke though. 

Hovenaut's picture

Yeah team pic! Go get 'em boys.

Baroclinicity's picture

We need 4 more wins, fellas.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BuckeyeChief's picture

You better knock on wood...

"2014 National with it!!!"

Melissa's picture

So excited for the game!  Go Bucks!

NObuck-I-inTEAM's picture

Deshaun Thomas is good at striking Dr. Dre poses.
^^That is some gold right there! Had me cracking up when I went back up to look at what you were referring to.

AJW_16's picture

Sorry guys, but not as good as the Harvard band picture.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

Bucks43201's picture

Love this group of guys...let's win this 2-game tourney and move on to the next one!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

socalbuckeye's picture

Welcome to LA men! Can't wait for Thursday. 

BucksfanXC's picture

"Just stay away from In-N-Out burger." - Troy Smith

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Maestro's picture

"Just stay away from In-N-Out tuna." -Ell Roberson

vacuuming sucks

LABuckeye's picture

I haven't understood the fascination with In-N-Out since I moved here...

ATXbucknut's picture

+1 That place is overrated.  A lot of hype.

KBonay's picture

I weep for you.  I can't go a week without it. Although, I do LOVE the new Counter's. If you have one near you, try it out:

Dr. House's picture

been to in and out but swensons any day of the week

LABuckeye's picture

Don't cry, KBONAY, it's OK... :)

ATXbucknut's picture

The Counter is indeed good. I've been to one in the D.C. area several times.  I also enjoy Five Guys and--although it's not a chain--Ray's Hell Burger in the DC metro area, which has been enjoyed by a couple US presidents and, like, Vlad Putin.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Ray's is a godsend

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

ATXbucknut's picture

Tre McDonald = Mac Daddy

dancorona5's picture

I almost commented on how short those girls were. Then quickly realized that's what I would look like standing with them...

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i believe them being 12 also contributes to the matter

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Idaho Helga's picture

And Aaron always looks short. But he's 6'2".  Ain't short.  
My husband is 6'5" and I'm not short for a woman at 5'6".  But our wedding photo is almost funny.  I had a friend ask "gonna wear heals at your wedding so you look taller next to your hubby?"  I replied, "No, I don't plan on wearing stilts to catch his height."

DJRoss926's picture

Hey what's Napolean Dyanmite doing in the backgr- oh hi there Della Valle.

Idaho Helga's picture

Actually I was thinking I've seen him on the Big Bang Theory.   Didn't he have an affair with the hot Penny who lives across the hallway?

(The real Della-Valle may out-nerd Leonard.  OMG those glasses.)

Maestro's picture

I wonder if there was a line up of 50 young men, and someone was asked which 1 of the group played big time college basketball, at which point between 48-50 would ADV get picked out of the crowd?

vacuuming sucks

DJRoss926's picture

(<3 you, ADV)

Michael Citro's picture

Pretty sure Sam got separated from the group when he flew to L.A. on his own. Might still be up there in the atmosphere somewhere.

IBleedSandG's picture

Pretty much everyone in Jordans... except A.C. Rocking some Chuck's.
If I were a basketball player at a Nike school, my sneaker collection would be massive.


jthiel09's picture

I'm pretty sure Sam's at the Staples Center giving Blake Griffin some 1 on 1 lessons on how to properly "posterize" defenders.