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Ohio State's best pure scorer ever is



Buckeye Chuck's picture

Depends on how you define terms. If you're asking who the best offensive player was without any qualifications, the answer is clearly the one person on the list I never saw play in college, Lucas. But if you're asking who the best pure scorer was who was pretty much defined as a player by the term "pure scorer," the answer is equally clear: Hopson.
Since I had to make a choice, I picked the better overall player.

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lamplighter's picture

Having seen them both, I agree with the comments, except I picked the pure scorer - Hopson was a beast

AndyVance's picture

The answer to a lot of these "best ever" types of questions should almost always be Jerry Lucas - that guy was amazing, playing on one of the most talented squads of the era and in school history. Set a high bar for future players, for sure.

FROMTHE18's picture

would take any of those listed in this survey, including Other....he was a points machine in the 50's...but I think Evan Turner, simply because he was the team. Although he was surrounded by other quality players, Turner really put OSU on his back at times and I don't think I was ever worried about a close game with him on the floor, hes almost an automatic quick 10 points.

AndyVance's picture

Always wanted an "Other" jersey... That dude was a BAMF.
Great point about ET - it was so much fun to watch him play.

Grant Edgell's picture

He's been in every 'greatest ever' poll in the history of. The other star athlete you hear a lot about but never see is Activity. Dude seems to have been in everyone's bull pen at one point or another over the last few decades.

BoFuquel's picture

Garry Bradds. GO BUCKS!

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faux_maestro's picture
The 2 best I ever saw was Michael Redd and Jim Jackson but I'm only 35 and don't really remember Hopson and never saw Lucas.

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AngryWoody's picture

Jerry Lucas was the best basketball player to ever come through OSU. I would say he is not only the greatest scorer in OSU history but also the greatest rebounder.
Awards and Honors
1959-60 Consensus All-America (1st Tm)
1959-60 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
1960-61 AP Player of the Year
1960-61 Consensus All-America (1st Tm)
1960-61 Helms Foundation Player of the Year
1960-61 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
1960-61 Sporting News Player of the Year
1960-61 UPI Player of the Year
1960-61 USBWA Player of the Year
1961-62 AP Player of the Year
1961-62 Consensus All-America (1st Tm)
1961-62 Sporting News Player of the Year
1961-62 UPI Player of the Year
1961-62 USBWA Player of the Year
Averaged 21 points and 17 rebounds per game over three years. Nearly an 80% free throw shooter and averaged over 60% from the feild. Oh yeah and he did all of this on team loaded with stars that one year averaged over 90 pts a game. So it's even more amazing when you think that he wasn't a one man show. One of only three players to be named Mr. Basketball USA twice. Lucas became the only player ever to record a '30-30 ', 33 points and 30 rebounds in a single tournament game. Jerry Lucas was a God. If this were a basketball school we'd look at him like we Archie and Eddy. IMHO he should have 90% of the vote in this poll.

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AndyVance's picture

YES! Lucas doesn't get the respect he deserves (not that he's disrespected), because of the "football school" thing... That, and the fact that he's been in California for so long, probably precludes him from getting the fan attention he might otherwise receive if he was a fixture on campus and at athletic events, as is Archie (who was around frequently even before he was on staff at Ohio State). Eddie benefits from being a more recent superstar, too.

740's picture

mark the shark!!!

TheBadOwl's picture

Sportsmanship: He never left home without it.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Lucas, the man needs a statue on tOSU campus somewhere.

drumsontheside's picture

Seriously a good idea, this might contribute to some basketball culture on campus


AGL's picture

forgot Kelvin Ramsey


9Route's picture

Surprised Tank is only at 4%

I'm just happy to be here

nickma71's picture

I didn't get to see Lucas play so I can't say he is a better pure scorer. Hopson could put up 30 or more whenever he pleased. So of the other more "recent" players on the list, it is the Bowsher bruiser.