Photo Tour of Ohio State's New Basketball Facility

September 3, 2013 at 12:15p    by Kyle Rowland    
LeBron James' locker at Ohio State

Ohio State's new basketball facility is nearing completion. The $19 million price tag has put the Buckeyes in the upper-echelon in terms of practice and training venues.

Originally slated to be $13 million, a few more bells and whistles were added. Among them, a locker for LeBron James in the men's locker room. You read that right.

Director of basketball operations David Egelhoff said it's used for recruiting purposes. When recruits visit, the locker is filled with LBJ team-issued apparel to show the relationship James has with the university. Thad Matta and Gene Smith both spoke about James' commitment to the university. Smith said he wishes Ohio State fans would embrace him more because he's been so instrumental in the basketball program. The Buckeyes were the first team to wear the LBJ line of uniforms. 



jeremytwoface's picture

I didn't know LeBron ever played for the Buckeyes???

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

toad1204's picture

I'm guessing hoping you forgot the sarcasm font.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

jeremytwoface's picture

I did lol...
I assumed it was obvious.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

ohhiyo's picture

funny , amir williams' number 23 is right next to his locker lol

droessl's picture

Sweet! Can I get those door handles at home?

Troy0782's picture

Looks like they've backed off of the new athletic logo. I can't see the university slapping their "old" logo all over a brand new facility.

droessl's picture

I'd (mercifully) forgotten all about the "new" logo

CUBS's picture

Does the Lebron name plate have to do with donations? I hear he gives quite a bit to the basketball program. 

toad1204's picture

Ohio State officials told reporters touring the basketball facility Tuesday morning that the purpose of the locker is to display shoes, jerseys and warmups from James' Nike line to potential recruits visiting campus.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

ScarletGray43157's picture

In that video it looks like he's got game.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Toilrt Paper's picture

LeBron once said if he was made to play college basketball it would have been atOhio State..

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Form an orderly queue, 5 star recruits.

AirForceNUT's picture

If only he played college ball at OSU.  That would be scary!

Kindell's picture

Hopefully this will give Thad some extra ammo for recruiting.

FitzBuck's picture

If lebron is allowing the university to use him like this I need to give him a break.  Help The Ohio State University and you must be loved.  (At least by me). 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Deadly Nuts's picture

Kyle, why were you in the womens room?


RBuck's picture

Kind of surprisingly great. I  didn't think it was suppose to be done until next year.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Vabuck213's picture

For a non traditional basketball power house that trophy case sure looks good!

UrbanCulture's picture

looks sweet

MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the pics, Kyle. This looks like an awesome facility.
btw, where did they put it? Just curious since I rarely get back to Cbus.

ScarletGray43157's picture

It is tucked into the west side of The Schott.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks, SG! I will now google map it.

Smanpoint10's picture

If only the one and done rule had been put in place in time for Lebron...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

So UNC or Akron could make a deep run in the tournament?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Idaho Helga's picture

OK down  vote me all you want but Lebron shouldn't get a locker.  We can do something else, but this is not ok with me.   It's very basic. He was not a buckeye basketball player.   Simple.  He certainly could have been, but he chose not to be.  He was very young and had "handlers" I get it so I don't blame him for that either.   But to get a locker, you need to be a real Buckeye.  Your handlers maybe wisely gave that away.  You can have many things that money can buy, but not a Buckeye number.
I might note, I am in NO WAY a Lebron hater, can't blame a guy from wanting to live in Miami, not Cleveland.  He spent plenty of time in Cleveland.  Honestly, outside of the "the decision crap" (again, his "handlers") and the fact he's not MARRIED TO THE MOTHER OF HIS CHILDREN I don't have any bone to pick with him and he seems like a decent guy.   I really am glad he supports the Bucks.  But no locker for anyone who didn't attend tOSU.  Period. 
Who's next, Les Wexner?  Why after all those $ donated and he could certainly parade clothing and Victoria's Secret models to help the recruiting if that is now the standard....

ScarletGray43157's picture

Wexner already gives a ton of cash to OSU, yes.  No models of any kind though.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Idaho Helga's picture

I missed the sarcasm font on that last line.

SilverBullet33's picture

So he's not married to her...yet he's been with her since high school and is a heavily involved father. As a product of a single parent household I take great offense at your opinions. While we can debate the destruction of the family unit all day, LeBron doesn't fit  the mold of a parent that is neglecting his duties by not marrying their mother. Which they are slated to get married anyhow. But I'm not sure why that even matters to you.  I was angry that Lebron left Cleveland for my own selfish reasons. But to question the guys character because he doesn't have a legal document (marriage) is frankly ignorant.  I also laughed at you trying to tell someone else how much of a real Buckeye they are.  So lets all bow down to you up in your ivory tower of moral standards. 

Haybucks's picture

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Irish proverb


Idaho Helga's picture

I'm not questioning him as a Buckeye Fan.  He is clearly a very good one and like I said, I have absolutely no qualms with him except sorry, I'm old school, and I'm not going to apologize for thinking that maybe you should do the ring before the kids or if it's a whoopsy, shortly thereafter.  I am happy to hear that a marriage is planned.  I have nothing against single mothers and where your comment came from I don't know.   Obviously when you live with a woman as the top NBA star and father children, you should marry her.  It has nothing to do with finances as she already has enough lawyers to get mucho $$$ in a split so why, oh why if you really care about them would you not legitimize formally what is in reality already a legal bond anyway?   (p.s.  My father died when I was young. So save the single mother crap. She isn't working 2 jobs to make ends meet)
THE POINT IS: I don't think lockers are for anyone outside of the program and I don't care how great a fan of the program you are.  You had to have been an OSU basketball player.  Simple.  The fact he neither attended here or played any sport here makes me think these lockers might look like they are for sale.   Curiosity: Does Michael Jordan have a locker currently somewhere at NC? Somewhere else:  Warren Buffet?  Wilt?  Kareem?  Bill Gates?  I honestly don't know but if that's the trend then I'll consider the alternative even as cheesy as it will look.
I wouldn't like Jessie Owens having a basketball locker.  He didn't play basketball.  He is my favorite Buckeye (read about him) , although there are many who are very, very close.
Just my opinion.  That's all.   That's why we are here.

BuckI_1033's picture

Do you honestly care this much about it? Move on find something more important to complain about. It's a name on a locker, no big deal. 

"You'll be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the football field." 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Why do you care that she cares?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Haybucks's picture

If my house went from $200k to $292k for adding bells and whistles, I'd consider suing or divorcing.

The $19 million price tag has put the Buckeyes in the upper-echelon in terms of practice and training venues.
Originally slated to be $13 million, a few more bells and whistles were added.

I'm glad tOSU can afford a few extras.

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Irish proverb


buckeyedude's picture

I wonder how much of the extra $6,000,000 went for the Ohio State door handles? Those things are kewl as hell!



Type G's picture

Thanks for the pics. Cool door handles... also would like to have 'em at my own house. Good for Ohio State to have the money and resources to construct something like this...
... but bad for Ohio State to kiss up to LeBron. I'm with the previous poster who said he doesn't deserve a locker simply because he never played at Ohio State. Who cares if this was the school he would have played for if he had skipped the NBA. Who cares if Ohio State was the first school to wear his (Nike) gear. If Ohio State didn't wear his shit (which is simply just a different logo on the jerseys and his signature shoes) they would wear Nike branded gear instead, just like the football team.

LeBron is signed with Nike, and if anything, this exclusive locker is probably more of a good will gesture to the huge sponsorship deal between Ohio State/Nike than anything. That said, I'd be more comfortable if the locker read Phil Knight instead.

"No time for love, Doctah Jones!"

pjtobin's picture

I think that practice facility is sweet! Who cares about a LBJ locker. He is helping TOSU out. Why not give him props. And I like the block o in the ceiling. I have done a few of them now. Not just painted, but textured them in also. And yes the door handles were a nice touch. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.