Anthony Lee Could Solve Some of Thad Matta's Problems

By Michael Citro on March 27, 2014 at 1:15a

If we’re going to avoid a repeat of a middling 2013-14 basketball season next year, Thad Matta could use some experienced help.

That experience is out there, looking for a new home. Temple power forward Anthony Lee is looking for a new place to play basketball in 2014-15. Ohio State will likely lose LaQuinton Ross to the pros in an announcement scheduled for tomorrow.

Lee would be a welcome addition for a team that lacks experienced forwards.

Assuming Ross leaves, only sophomore-to-be Marc Loving and incoming freshmen would be available to play the four spot next year. Lee would fit the bill nicely and he won’t have to sit out a year because he will already have graduated.

Lee played 31 minutes per game for Temple out of the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14, averaging 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds — all while rocking his stylish headband. Those numbers would have made Lee the Buckeyes’ second-leading scorer and the Big Ten’s second-best rebounder this season. Over his first three seasons, Lee is hitting more than 50% of his shots.

It’s hard to tell how the difference in competition would have affected those numbers, but the AAC’s Louisville, Cincinnati and UConn are no slouches. He averaged 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in five games against those teams this year.

He also posted a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds in an overtime loss against Texas and he notched 11 double-doubles in 28 games. This kind of performance would be invaluable for Ohio State.

Listed at 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, Lee would give Matta a versatile piece that could augment Amir Williams and Trey McDonald or play the five spot in a smaller lineup, as Ross and Deshaun Thomas have done the past two seasons.

However, Lee would rather play the four than the five. Matta would no doubt prefer to deploy him there if Williams can develop his game even more entering his senior year. Lee prefers to face the basket, but his game isn’t that comparable to Ross’s. He doesn’t have the long ball in his arsenal. Thus far, Lee has attempted only five three-pointers in his career, making one of them.

The biggest obstacles for Ohio State landing Lee are the other four programs he’s considering — Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville and Notre Dame. Perhaps Iowa State has the inside track, as Lee’s parents live in Davenport, Iowa. He’s also apparently getting a lot of love out of the Hoosier state.


For his part, Matta has had mixed results in luring transfers to Columbus in recent years. He landed Evan Ravenel from Boston College after the 2010 season. But he was unable to persuade Rodney Hood to join the Buckeyes prior to the 2012-13 season — the Mississippi State star opted to take his game to Duke instead.

Ohio State will be a team in transition entering the 2014-15 season. Having an experienced power forward who is a proven scorer and rebounder would help ease that transition.



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moopdawg's picture

Are there any JUCO post players that we are looking at?  Lee sounds good, but I hope the staff has other options if Lee chooses to play elsewhere. 

Thanks for the greater basketball recruiting coverage.  I do appreciate it.

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Jordan Wagner's picture

Ohio State has shown interest in Jordan Goodman (more here), but he seems to be more of a SF/PF. The staff has been keeping a close eye on the transfer market, as well. 

moopdawg's picture

Thanks again for the info. 

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

You had me at ....

"Lee has attempted only five three-pointers in his career"

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KBonay's picture

Only knock is he hits only 65% from FT line.  However, that is an improvement over our team's 60% during the tournaments combined.

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OH10G419's picture

Would love to have him, even if its a 1 yrs stop gap.. We still need some more big men coming our way... after next year, we have dave bell as the only true big man... being from Toledo, I've seen Loving play a lot...IMO, him at a 4 puts him at a disadvantage.. Don't know enough about a KBD to put judgement on him, but he looks closer to a 4 but still an oversized 3.
I really wish Trey was redshirted his frosh year... he had barely any PT, and for being a back up big man, hes not terrible considering his current team situation and actual game experience.. would be nice to have him one more year just for experienced depth at big man (if we get a few of these big men recruits this comment is null)

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Buckeye419er's picture


There can be only one

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c92996p's picture

Love the artwork, but I think Scott will probably be keeping his number 3, dontcha think?

Buckeye419er's picture

There's always that distinct possibility lol

There can be only one

OSUFlash's picture

I'm shocked how quickly we went from a stocked cupboard to a bare one. We are desperate team right now. How the heck was Della Valle our only recruit that year???? Even if the freshmen come in play as expected it's gonna be another long frustrating season. An NIT championship would be a real accomplishment.


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Killer nuts's picture

You have to remember that this past year's senior class of Craft and Lenzelle was originally 6 guys, not 2. All these available scholarships we have now weren't around a couple years while we were recruiting for Della Valle's class 

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d5k's picture

2 of those 6 transferred and Sullinger went pro right around when the late signing period started.  We only had William Buford's scholarship opening up officially during the entire recruiting season.  We couldn't tell Tony Parker (C, UCLA) that Sullinger would definitely go pro.  With his back issues there was a chance he would have surgery and come back or just decide he wasn't satisfied.  We also seemingly had a young team with lots of returning players, not a lot of wide open spots for early PT.  At that point it looked like Craft/Scott/Thompson/Smith/Ross/Amir/DT would be a tough lineup to crack for a perimeter player especially.  Which is why Sibert transferred.

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Barnsey69's picture

I think we have some real play-makers coming in next year, and I am excited about Shannon Scott leading this team. Therefore, I will retreat from the ledge and re-evaluate my position in November or December.

Go Bucks!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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ToledoMan's picture

Does he really want to play for this cat?



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TheShookster's picture

If Lee does decide to come to OSU he's immediately in the starting lineup right?

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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tennbuckeye19's picture

In case any of you were on the fence about it, we now have a 100% official confirmation that IU basketball fans have no life.

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NitroBuck's picture

Aww, give the Hoosier fans a break.  Aside from having a once proud basketball program, what else do they have going for them?  Plus, they have to live with the basketball equivalent of Bert.

Ferio.  Tego.

osubuckeye4life's picture

We land him and Turner we are back in business!!