Anthony Lee, Temple Transfer, Chooses Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on March 29, 2014 at 2:01p
139 Comments

Thad Matta's basketball team got some good news today when Anthony Lee, a 6-foot-9 forward, announced that he will transfer from Temple to Ohio State. Lee chose the Buckeyes over Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville and Notre Dame after making a visit to Columbus on Friday.

He will be eligible to play for Ohio State next season, providing depth and productivity to a frontcourt that struggled with consistency in 2014. 

"That's why he's such a hot commodity," said Chase Senior, who covers Temple basketball for WHIP. "He's 6-feet-9-inches tall, pretty athletic, can get up and down the floor, score and rebound, he's a solid player." 

The boost Ohio State's receiving from Lee isn't only coming on offense. His presence on defense also should provide immediate dividends.

This past season, Lee averaged 13.6 points and his 8.6 rebounds per game led the American Athletic Conference. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field and was a 66 percent free-throw shooter.

While his per-game averages are an improvement over Amir Williams', Senior's scouting report reveals some similarities. 

"One thing Lee needs to work on are his hands. There were times when he'd pick-and-roll, the point guard would give him a decent pass and he, simply, wouldn't be able to reel it in," Senior said. "If he can work on his hands and outside shooting, a lot of the schools would be impressed by what he's able to do." 

In his career, Lee's only hit one of five three-point attempts. But he is starting to extend his range out to the elbow and baseline. It's an attempt to showcase his versatility, showing he's capable of playing a different position than he did with Fran Dunphy's Owls. 

"I had a lot of experience playing the 'five' here, but I'm definitely more of a four," Lee said in an interview with WHIP. "I need to be able to face up to the basket instead of having my back to the basket."

Lee's decision comes one day after LaQuinton Ross announced he would forego his senior season of eligibility and make himself available for the NBA Draft. 

Lee's a career 51 percent shooter. He reached double figures 22 times and tallied 11 double-doubles last season. He recorded season highs in points and rebounds against Texas with 23 and 14. 

Paired with the Buckeyes' incoming recruiting class, which is ranked in the top 10 nationally, Lee and Co. become instant Big Ten championship contenders. 

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Silver Bullet 10's picture

I think this just made us championship contenders for next year.

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Welcome aboard Anthony, it's great to have you!

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route4buckeye's picture

FUCK YEAH GRAY BOX PLEASE.

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bodast67's picture

 

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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Deadly Nuts's picture

WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO

LEBRON

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moopdawg's picture

If anything, he should make practice more competitive and hopefully push our other big men to improve.  Best case scenario: he puts in 14 and 9 for us every night and opens up space for improved perimeter game (for which I am praying).  Congrats, Lee.  If you work hard, you shouldn't have any trouble getting lots of minutes.

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ab1993's picture

If anything, he does that and also replaces Ross...

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Replaces Ross??? Lee only made ONE out of five 3-pointers in FOUR years!.

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Dude do you even watch buckeye basketball? Lee steps on campus and is the starter immediately. This is the best fucking news Ive heard in months. Now lets get a big time football commit.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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moopdawg's picture

I'm just being cautiously optimistic, man.  I read some posts that said that Lee has trouble catching the ball.  I just can't take watching another season of another guy fumbling passes when he should be dunking on the other team's heads.

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OSU069's picture

Having some trouble catching the ball and then having stone hands like Amir Williams are two very different things.

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OSU069's picture

Having some trouble catching the ball and then having stone hands like Amir Williams are two very different things.

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

I wasnt giving you are a hard time it was just a "Dude do you even lift" type of joke. He will start no doubt about it and there are problems controlling a pass, then there are Amir Williams type of problems that are beyond fixing.Im calling it now 15-10 pts/rebs  average.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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theopulas's picture

our problem will still be the same...unless Russell comes in and provides instant offense or Sam finds a jump shot, we will have scoring problems.....and he wasn't playing in The Big Ten.....

Theopulas

Toilrt Paper's picture

If Craft, Smith and Scott can't fined their shot, Thompson won't

moopdawg's picture

I know, man. No problem.

I'm just so traumatized from this past year's team - a bunch of dudes who couldn't do bunch of fundamental basketball things: shoot, pass, rebound, catch, react to the ball, handle the ball, etc... I am begging God for players who will not add more to this.  If Lee can board and finish around the rim, and hold the ball high and not have to silently count to 3 before he begins his post moves, I will be thrilled.

cinserious's picture

Actually, college players don't put up ten ribbies a game anymore. That went out with the 90's. Eight rebounds/game is the high standard now.

 

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Nashville Buckeye's picture

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

 

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Goes the ...................

 

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Orlando Buckeye's picture

I'm not a fashion critic or anything, but doesn't Under Armor make long sleeved shirts?

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Raider85's picture

Great job Coach Matta this should be quite a pick up for this team and give OSU more leadership and a big kid that can actually rebound. I am excited to see the 2014 team it may take 10 or 15 games but I have a feeling the Buckeyes will be a good team.

Raider85

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

MATTA RECRUITS ANOTHER ONE AND DONE!  HE AND CALIPARI LOVE THEM SOME ONE AND DONES!

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bukyze's picture

Anxiety level has definitely racheted down a notch or two.

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CaliforniaBuckeye's picture

 

"The only way we'd get beaten was if we got a little fat-headed, if we didn't train right, if we had dissension on the squad." - Woody Hayes

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HattanBuck85's picture

MASSIVE!!!!! This is a game changer!!! Welcome to the family!

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

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route4buckeye's picture

The only concerning thing was the comments about his hands...

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Seattle Linga's picture

That will improve long before next season

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Nothing a 25lbs. medicine ball wont cure.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome aboard Anthony. GO BUCK!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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Ball-Z-Buck's picture

Any shooters out there want to transfer? Worst shooting OSU Team I can remember - couldn't hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle!

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route4buckeye's picture

You don't know too much about this team, do you?

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buckeyehub's picture

We've got a couple shooters comin in, I'm worried but not worried at the same time

“Anyone can run the option. I can run the option.” - Urban Meyer
Let's beat the snot out of *ichigan.

BuckWylde's picture

And just to add to your point, the kid that red-shirted this year (Kam Williams) brings offensive skills, so to borrow from Michael Buffer,  ". . . LET'S GET READY TO RUMBL-L-L-L-E-E-E-E . . ." 

BuckWylde

Buckeye5000's picture

You get a +1 just for the "couldn't hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle!" I haven't heard that since my father passed away 20yrs. ago.

Go Bucks!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This is great news!!!

Go Bucks!!

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Reminds me of Brad Sellers who played his first two seasons at Wisky then transferred back to the good guys

 

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OSUFlash's picture

Great news but instantly making us a "championship contender" is way too strong of a statement for my taste especially losing Ross.

osuflash

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Very nice, will give us a much needed low post scoring threat, as well as size...  what's the lineup look like now?

C - Williams/ McDonald/Bell

PF - Lee/ KBD

SF - Thompson/ Loving/ Tate

SG - Russel/Williams

PG - Scott

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Mortc15's picture

Other posts I've read have Loving more as a 4 than KBD but that looks like a pretty solid starting lineup with some depth too. Good news for OSU hoops! 

Buck-I4Life

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2002osubuck's picture

Hell yeah! He's a great rebounder and can score around the basket. He should fit great with Williams and Russell's outside shooting game. Really like the lineup potential with Scott/Russell PG, Williams/Russell SG, Thompson/Loving/Tate SF, Lee/Loving/Bates-Diop PF and Williams/McDonald/Bell C. We add alot of shooting and athletiscm next year.

buckeye70's picture

Coach Matta should have both Lee and Williams playing hand ball 3 hours a day this summer.

BUCKEYE70

The atmosphere in College Park will be crazy because at lease 40 % on the stadium will be Buckeye fans. Go Bucks

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Bailey458's picture

Still can't upvote, short on stickers. But you are dead on balls accurate.  Williams, Lee and McDonald should spend as much waking time as possible playing hand ball, juggling, catching passes from Stephen Collier (just being stationary targets don't want to mess Collier up), learning harlem globetrotter ball tricks, judo or karate or hitting a boxing speed bag, catching tennis balls thrown at them with one hand, playing darts, catching darts, catching rain drops on their tongues.

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Seattle Linga's picture

38 H.S. away Bailey - gave you some help there. 

Bailey458's picture

Thank you, much appreciated.  I guess its true what they say that the first 100 is the hardest to make.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Just wait until you make it to the premium lounge - it's the real deal and most unbelievable place you've ever been to in your life!!!!!!

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Buckeye5000's picture

You get a +1 from me just for the "dead on balls accurate" comment. Loved that movie.

2nd. time I've done that in this one string.....hmmm.

Go Bucks!

UrbanPirate's picture

 

Just... Go Bucks.

    

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ogama843's picture

Yes!

Holy Buckeye!

buckeyehub's picture
Someone teach me how to GIF :(

 

“Anyone can run the option. I can run the option.” - Urban Meyer
Let's beat the snot out of *ichigan.

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KBonay's picture

It's simple, really.  Find a gif you like (via google, ect).  Copy the URL (two ways, open in separate tab to get URL or right click and copy image location).  In this post box, find the IMAGE box above (mountain with sun).  Click.  Paste URL in URL box and hit ok.  Then save.

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ronbizi's picture

I think there was a thread explaining it, but it may have been in the old site.  This could be be wrong (I don't post GIFs often), but find a GIF after doing a search, copy the image location after right clicking on the GIF you like, then come back here and click reply for the thread you're posting, click on the image icon on the top toolbar when you're typing a reply, and paste the location in the URL space.

 

 

Edit:  Oops, a bit late

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BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Is there a way to upload GIFs in a reply? I have a lot that are saved to my computer instead of linking them.

ronbizi's picture

Or do you mean this?

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BuckWylde's picture

 . . . the GIF that keeps on giving . . . 

BuckWylde

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Seattle Linga's picture

There is plenty more where that came from....................

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Whoever DVed this gif needs to go hang them fucking selves. Commence 

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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bucksfan92's picture

"One thing he has to work on is his hands"   ARGGHHHHH  please tell me this isn't Amir v2.0

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The Butler's picture

 

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Looks like Chris Christy Jr.

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FROMTHE18's picture

hope he solves his hands problem, the thought of another clumsy big man scares the crap out of me

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hspbuy1's picture

Look forward to seeing next years team.

hspbuy1

rosycheeks's picture

Is he more Evan Ravenel or Terrance Dials, or are they both unfair?

JakeBuckeye's picture

I couldn't tell you, but just look at his averages to see that he's way more than Evan Ravenel. But maybe not quite Terrance Dials...

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Anthony Lee AKA Young Polo (his rap name)

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AJW_16's picture

I feel way better about next season. Welcome to Ohio State, Anthony Lee!

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

JakeBuckeye's picture

I haven't felt this excited about a commitment in football or basketball in a long time. Much needed!

buckeyehub's picture

 

“Anyone can run the option. I can run the option.” - Urban Meyer
Let's beat the snot out of *ichigan.

Hovenaut's picture

Good basketball news in late March?

Not what I thought, but I'll take it. Welcome aboard big fella.

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collards's picture

I like it very much. i was feeling down for the next year.I just hope he fits in before conference games start. The bucks still have to get a big for the following years though. Overall, this will make bb season a bit easier to watch next year especially with Russell coming in.

 

 

Collards

Kyle Rowland's picture

This absolutely makes Ohio State a legitimate player in the Big Ten race. Russell and Bates-Diop are can't miss guys. I doubt they'll be underwhelming next season. Obviously anything is possible. Guys like Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson should be depended on to be consistent. Throw in Lee, Kam Williams, maybe a healthy Jae'Sean Tate -- it could be back to what Thad Matta's teams looked like prior to 2013-14. 

bethesdabuck's picture

Kyle, do you think this means the staff pretty much is thinking they are not getting Myles Turner and Lee provides for them a bridge (albeit a very nice bridge) between the 2014 recruiting class of big men and the 2015 when they hope to get Daniel Giddens?

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm no Kyle obviously, but I think the staff going after and getting Lee tells us all we need to know about our chances with Turner.

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36buck's picture

He's  not a stud but an improvement over what we have.  Good get 

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JakeBuckeye's picture

I'd say he's a stud. If not, he's pretty damn near it. The AAC is a very good basketball conference, and he excelled there at scoring, rebounding, blocking shots, and even passing a little bit. His game log from last season is impressive.

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36buck's picture

Studs are AA types IMO.   This kid is not that.  Very good player, but definitely not a stud.  Not sure how you define a stud. 

theopulas's picture

i wish i could GIF the 300....THIS IS SPARTA !!!!!.....meaning.....the AAC is not the Big Ten.....

Theopulas

JakeBuckeye's picture

I don't know they were pretty close this year. Louisville, UCONN, Cincy, SMU, Memphis...

DenBuck's picture

HUGE HUGE HUGE! Welcome Anthony!

Buckeye For Life

rightfield's picture

 

 

This is game changing news!! Put about 5 more games in the win column for next season.

YES!!!!!! Great job Thad!!

 

 

 

Its good to be the king

Lincoln's picture

Hurry someone give Amir Williams 5k in public.

JK Jk sorta 

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BuckeyeStrong2's picture

As long as Thad has Turner on the line!! Actually, maybe that wouldn't matter now...

nrbuckguy's picture

So awesome, this was looking like a "bridge the gap" type season, but with Lee's presence inside we should contend for a B1G title. Shannon Scott, Anthony Lee, and Sam Thompson, those r 3 really good pieces for us to build around. Hopefully Amir, Marc, Kam, Trey, and the freshmen can provide adequate support

In Urban We Trust

Bamabucknut's picture

I wish I could be more positive.I just don't see this team coming close to winning the BIG 10 next year. It's hard to win without a big man.....and we don't have one with BIG TEN level talent.
 

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Anthony Lee is absolutely a "BIG TEN level talent" big man.

Seattle Linga's picture

Great news and they haven't even crowned a champion yet in this years tourney.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Welcome aboard Anthony!  We'll see how well you do before we dub you General Lee 2.0.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Does this affect Thad and the staff from targeting the Thompson kid transferring from VaTech?

MacG91's picture

Probably not because Thompson is ineligible to play next year, therefore their paths for playing time wouldn't cross. 

Mac..yeah

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AngryWoody's picture

This is such a huge get for us next year. Lee is listed as a forward so I assume he would play the 4 primarily but does anyone know if he can play the 5?

Our Honor Defend!

sb97's picture

This is such a huge get for us next year. Lee is listed as a forward so I assume he would play the 4 primarily but does anyone know if he can play the 5?

 I suspect at a minimum he will be the 5 when we go small like LaQ and DT have the past couple of years. I am so excited about this pickup. 

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d5k's picture

He is bigger than Trey so yes, yes he can.  Whether he does will depend on whether KBD/Loving are too good to take off the court.

The Rill Dill's picture

He was very specific in an interview, stating that he does NOT want to play the 5 spot.  I'm sure that went into his commitment.

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okiebuck's picture

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

edr4225's picture

 

lets go bucks!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Auto Upvote - Carlton dancing

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buckeyeboy31's picture

I really hope someone gets in treymac's ear about redshirting....he will probably get minimal time next year 

buckeyeboy31's picture

Dang ol double post

Go1Bucks's picture

Welcome Anthony Lee, now just need Turner.

Go Bucks!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Excellent pick up! If Thad can get turn Lee into a good defender in a short amount of time, Lee's offensive production and rebounding will be a big help. Temple really struggled defensively this season, so Lee will probably encounter a bit of "shock and awe" when he starts practicing with the team and discovers what is expected from him on the defensive end. 

d5k's picture

Wow, we could have a lineup where Scott is throwing lobs to 3 different dudes.  Now if the 5th guy can stretch the defense...

I have a feeling he will play more of the 5 than he may be wanting and the amount that we play 2 traditional bigs will depend more on the readiness of Loving/KBD to play the 4 than on Lee.  

Can we petition the NCAA for an extra year eligibility (feels greedy, I know...)?

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Buckeye5000's picture

Deleted.....how do you delete a comment?

Go Bucks!

topgun67's picture

Good news.  At least from the videos I've watched, he's not Amir 2nd coming.  Not even close.  This guy is intense, powerful, plays w/ authority and emotion - all the things that Amir is not.  Need to work on hands - OK... hope he does... it is his final year to impress NBA scouts, so I hope he plays w/ purpose.

I definitely think we got an upgrade and good addition.

No, we are not getting Turner.  That was a long shot anyway.  We are stuck w/ Amir and McDonald.  Just hope they improve from last year.  Anyway you look at it, this team is solid in all positions now, except Big Man.  We will compete better than this year.  Losing Ross hurts in terms of points, but I like this addition. 

We need Russell and other newbies to score for us... Thompson needs to be more consistent and do more than dunks; Shannon from Michigan game needs to show up at least few more times next year 

 

Philly_Buckeye's picture

Exciting! I especially love it when Philly can help out the Bucks. The one thing that kept me going this year was thinking about the team we will have next year. Now, they're even better!

Ohio State class of 2018

wyatt's picture

Lee must be legit if Louisville, Indiana, Iowa State and others wanted him.

Now just get a big man with hands. After watching the elite 8, they all have big guys who can catch, pass, defend and play smart.  Myles Turner maybe?

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

So are we looking at

1.Shannon

2.D'Angelo

3.Sam T

4. Anthony Lee

5. Amir? 

Or would Anthony play the 5 and Thompson would play 4 and Loving would play the 3?

Buckeye fan from PA

My2Sons's picture

Have any of you seen him play against good competition?  Granted, the Buckeyes just got better.  So he wants to play PF.  Why would he come here if that's not what he was promised?  What I do see is Amir getting a lot better with him in the line-up.

edr4225's picture

1.Shannon

2.D'Angelo

3.Sam T

4. Bates Diop 

5. Anthony Lee

lets go bucks!!

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Phillips.449's picture

I am just curious why he is eligible to play next year as a transfer?

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Deadly Nuts's picture

He's a graduate transfer.... The Russell Wilson rule.

LEBRON

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Needs to work on his hands?  Is that the new model for OSU big men?  I'm sorry everyone, but I'm wait and see on this one.

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

ogama843's picture

 

YAY!

 

Holy Buckeye!

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Osurrt's picture

Not sure about championship contention as this will be a young team next year....most of those coming back are bench players in reality....excited with the incoming talent and Lee should give Matta some athletic options up front. The key is to harness the talent into a team to put together a decent record to set the stage for the 2015 class.....but if we can grab Turner.......contention is possible.

The Rill Dill's picture

You mean 'young' like Kentucky?  Elite 8, with 5 freshmen starting.

KingsRite's picture

I hope he comes in and lights a fire under Amir. Dogs and rags him every practice.

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Pa_snoborder's picture

Finally some good news. Like someone above said if he can push williams to be consistently productive, that could be a major bonus. 

"No one puts baby in a corner!" - P.Swayze.

TossTrap's picture

I sure am happy with this news. But good lord another buckeye baller with iffy hands?

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Ahh, some good news re: Buckeye basketball.  We might just be alright next year :)
 

Class of 2010.

osubuckeye4life's picture

This is very good news!

Art Harrell's picture

you Rock "Matta " you Rock---------------------------------->GO BUCKS !!!!

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BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I hope Amir Williams reads this interview and it lights a fire under him.

http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2014/3/29/5562240/ohio-state-basketball...

"Other coaches were telling me the truth, but he was the only coach who told me he wanted me to be 'the guy'," he said. "The team they had this year won 25 games with no inside presence. "

Lmao. harsh but true.

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warriard1002's picture

We can assume nothing due to defiencies in this years team that no doubt will caryy over. You can never assume freshman wi ll do anything until they prove it and as we have seen MATTA has a recent history of not letting them play. Add to that the lack of simple physical strength on the unti as a whole. I am very diappointed at the strenght and conditioning of this team. Far too many frail young men on this team and we are talking guys that are about to be seniors and have been in the program for extended periods of time.

 

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