Congrats to Mr. Giddens and Coach Matta. Go Bucks! If the 2014 and 2015 classes stick together, there will be lots of great basketball for true Buckeye fans to enjoy. Happy 4th to everybody...
I definitely do not think Thomas can be a point guard. But he can back smaller defenders down and play off a high-low with a guy like Duncan. He did that beautifully at times with Sully at Ohio State. And your right, if Thomas follows the Spurs system, he'll get lots of open looks as a spot-up shooter.
Well, that's why I said "evolve." The 2 are about the same height, and as Deshaun gets older, he'll put more weight on. Deshaun already has very good ball skills, and I'm sure those skills have improved with his time spent in Europe. Like Diaw, Thomas can knock them down from mid-range and play with his back to the basket. We all know Thomas needs to improve defensively, but like Diaw, he can cause a lot of matchup problems for opposing teams. Hoping for the best for Deshaun as he tries to find his role in the league.
Nice and congrats to Mr. Ward! Not that it matters at all to them, but coach Meyer's staff is winning recruiting points with me. Go Bucks, and let's keep getting these Ohio kids.
I'm glad that Ohio kids are committing and I hope this trend continues. I really appreciate the recruitment stories of Conner, Burrow, and Green. These three were all very patient and were willing to work hard and prove themselves.
I'm sure there's way more to it than what I read (I don't follow recruiting as religiously as some others), but I get annoyed when I see a bunch of out of state offers to kids who have never camped at Ohio State while we have badass Ohio kids proving themselves every Friday night at local Ohio football fields during the season and are willing to attend camps. I know it's an extreme example, but offering an 8th grader just seems stupid. I'm glad the staff finally decided to stop hanging on Gibson's nuts as it became clear that he wasn't that anxious to visit. And the other thing that gets me (sorry if it has been explained before) is the idea of a "committable offer." Sounds like an oxymoron to me. Does anyone know if the staff actually uses this term? Seems shady.
Anyway, I hope more Ohio kids get committable offers and accept. And the bigtime national kids, if they step on campus and realize that they want to be what we're about (guys like Eddie George, Ryan Shazier), then I'm thrilled when they commit too.
Glad we didn't let this local kid get away. Congrats to Nick Conner!
I'm sorry if it has already been discussed, but does anyone know what's keeping Stump from camping at Ohio State? Did he grow up a Buckeye fan?
According to Coach Meyer, Braxton Miller is one of the most dynamic athletes he has ever coached, and Heuerman is one of the best tight ends he has ever coached. So based on those 2 claims, Meyer's logic makes perfect sense in choosing that 4th down play. However, I also think he said that Carlos Hyde was the best back in the country and that our offensive line was also the best in the country. Man, how the hell did we go wrong?
Yup. I remember, I think it was after his 3rd TD against Michigan State, and he looked right at the camera and said "All day, baby." I'm pretty sure he had something to do with the ncaa making a penalty for players taking their helmets off while on the field. He was a bad boy, man.
You may hold an unpopular belief, but I'm right there with you, bro.
Way to put it down, DJ. Love Coach Tress, and I'm happy he's still in Ohio doing good work.
Congratulations, Coach Tressel!! And congrats to the good people of Youngstown, Ohio. Coach Tress, always down to serve his community....
I've always appreciated the way Coach Tress handle the media. He did his best to protect his team and keep football team issues in the locker room -- that is how I was raised to be with respect to my family, we were taught to keep our business amongst us and to always show strength and support for one another in public. In our present social media/internet culture, Tressel's approach definitely does not fit in. However, Coach Tress never cared about that while he was the head coach of our football team. He was his own man, had his own beliefs, and stuck by them, always showing respect to the folks with whom he interacted.
Meyer, on the other hand, is a hit with our social media/internet culture. Lots of folks get all giddy with his tough talk and hip catch phrases -- "he's a grown ass man," "he got the juice," "we have the best (insert position) in the country," "it's all about the chase."
Meyer's approach isn't my style, but as long as continues to run a clean program and rack of the Ws, I'm good with him. End of the day, it's not what is said, it's what's done.
Joey Galloway takes out any former OSU db, except maybe....Antoine Winfield. :)
If you ever have the time to read his book. you will see that he quotes a wide range of people from his former players to L.L Cool J. He seems to be a very open-minded man and is humble in his attempt to seek wisdom. His book has influenced me a lot.
Pulling for the walk-on, Mr. Joe Burger!! In the classroom, he's definitely our smartest linebacker. http://theozone.net/recruiting/2012_13/burgerwalkingon.html The kid is a badass.
Why is Byrnes the only writer that does the Skull Sessions? It wasn't always like that. I miss reading the viewpoints of other writers, and had once appreciated the diversity of writing styles on Skull Sessions.
Agree 100%. Hope we lock down Ohio and that we keep our state and our program special.
I hope he does whatever the Ohio State coaches told him to do and gets his offer. He's small, but on the video he looks fast and physical. If he is anything like Antoine Winfield, then we got ourselves a player.
Thanks for the insight. Did some digging, and read that Jimmy and his son had a late start in building their relationship, and Traevon has always been his own man. Good read: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2011/01/28/jackson-works-hard-to-make-his-own-name.html I still wish we would have at least offered, though. Never know til you try.
I know that recruiting is far from an exact science, but Burke was Mr. Basketball in Ohio in 2011 and he played in Ohio State's backyard along with Sullinger. Our coaches had plenty of opportunities to get an in depth evaluation on Burke as he was rising during his junior and senior years in high school. I don't get how our coaches could not see his potential.
And Traevon Jackson...from what I recall, we just never offered him. Not late, not ever. And Nigel Hayes, we offered late. Our best starting five in recent memory was Diebler, Craft, Sullinger, Buford, and Lighty -- all Ohio kids who were playing with a purpose. I'm not at all suggesting that we should never branch out, but recruiting from our own state is where The Ohio State University tradition lies. I, like many others, hope we do not stray away from this. Coach Matta and Coach Meyer, sign those Ohio boys up!!!
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.
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.