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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being able to witness the 2006 game between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan. It is something I will never, ever forget. Electric moment in time with a buildup that was second to none, and a game result to match.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Braxton Miller
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA

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Comment 02 May 2016

The buzz is with Louisville, but I'm hoping Markell picks the Buckeyes.  He's a dynamic athlete who would help make OSU's offense more diverse - having multiple guys on the court who can penetrate and break down the defense is exactly what this team needs to give their shooters more space to work.

Comment 13 Apr 2016

I think the psychology of what happened in this situation, in New Orleans in particular (with all the homicides recently), along with the surveillance footage and witness testimony, paints a picture of what very well could have happened on that fateful night.  Bear with me here...

Smith's Mercedes SUV was obviously following Hayes at least for a few blocks.  He wasn't riding Hayes' bumper the entire time.  Suddenly, Hayes stops short for no apparent reason (based on surveillance footage) and Smith may have bumped him.  This is a classic maneuver for robbery or even for a simple shakedown to avoid any insurance incidents.  Smith sees this, and decides he doesn't want to caught in anything and speeds off.  When he notices that the same vehicle (Hayes) is now chasing him down and rear-ends him, I'm sure he felt threatened.  I'm sure the threat of something sinister and deadly had crossed his mind (there had been a reported 20 murders in 26 days) when he sees a man charging out of the Hummer at him.  It would not be surprising for Smith or someone in his party to have a weapon, based on the current New Orleans environment.  It would also not be surprising to warn the perpetrator that Smith had a gun in an effort to stop the situation.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

From my understanding, in college basketball it tends to be well-known that offers are given out on a 1st come, 1st served basis.  In this case, I think it is very likely that OSU offered Jackson and Trice, and told both they'd take the commitment of one PG who is not Markell Johnson.  With limited schollies and limited roster sizes (as opposed to what we hear of "commitable" offers in football), I believe all cards are out on the table for everyone to see, and recruits know if they are slow to pull the trigger they may miss their chance.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Agreed.  I don't think that matters at all and is a complete non-issue.  If anything, I think it just goes to demonstrate how underrated Jackson has been.  Now after a year at JUCO, he's getting interest from UConn, UNLV, Missouri, Cal... he finally had the chance to be the lead guard and proved he was better than the recruiting rankings had indicated.

If he played PG the majority of the time in JUCO (I don't know if he did) and shot 45% from 3, that is a good sign.  That would likely mean he's a good shooter off the dribble, and good shooters tend to be even better when spotting up with a catch-and-shoot.  I think his size and the type of player he seems to be, based on his numbers, should transition just fine to OSU and the B1G.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

I don't think it does.  OSU still, currently, has very little in the way of true PG's on the roster.  If anyone wants to consider Lyle a true PG, I guess that's fine, but that is questionable.  Jackson sounds like he's more of a combo guard but can play PG as well.  Johnson is still needed and still would fill a major hole on this roster as a true PG who would allow Lyle to play more off the ball.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Completely agree.  Obviously, my OSU pom-poms are probably skewing my vision here, but this kid seems like he's played for some very successful programs/teams, and he's been a big part of the success of each, albeit under the radar and behind some other more well-known teammates.  Hopefully he's a good fit within the team construct, and he fits in academically as well.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Sounds like Jackson played alongside some other really good prospects on his AAU team, as well as his high school team his senior year (Montverde - same school as D'Angelo Russell and Micah Potter).  He may have been overlooked based on that.  Originally committed to George Mason, but coaching changes prior to his enrollment made him re-think things and he went the JUCO route.

I like his description in the story below.  Seems like a good all-around player.  He basically comes in as a replacement for AJ Harris, only bigger and a better shooter.

http://www.hoopseen.com/news/player/201604/schools-chase-after-cj-jackson

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Regardless, Hayes shot a "thought to be armed" man (says the defense) in the back 6 times and then shot the passenger in the leg multiple times.  Whether he felt threatened or not, there was no 2nd gun at the scene, and he shot multiple times at multiple people without EVER seeing a gun, let alone seeing one pointed in his direction.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

I don't think it necessarily means that anything is set in stone.  At this point, OSU just needs guards and I'm sure if Trice were to commit and Johnson wanted to reclassify and commit to the Buckeyes as well, Ohio State would definitely take both.  When you only have two "guards" on the roster, and neither is a true PG, you just plain need ball handlers.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Agreed - at this point getting a guy like Cullen Neal from New Mexico would be huge, just because he has some PG experience.  The majority of the best grad transfers are scorers, and not so much of the PG variety.

Comment 06 Apr 2016

The one thing you're forgetting about Noah Brown - his freshman year when he surprised and got some time as a hybrid TE/FB/WR, he was playing at nearly 240 pounds.  He was heavy.  He worked hard during the offseason and came into camp lighter, leaner, faster, and quicker.  He was a svelte 220 from all the reports I remember hearing.  At 6'1-6'2 220, that is not necessarily a hybrid guy.  That's a big WR who is quicker than he's being given credit for, and was unguardable in practice against one of the most talented defenses OSU has ever seen.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

With Funderburk and Potter, OSU's post game will change dramatically from the past 3-4 years.  Both are good face-up shooters with range.  Neither is a huge post-up presence just yet, but honestly that is no different from what the Bucks have had recently (Amir, McDonald, Giddens) from their big men.  The biggest impact to me will be on how the offense can function as a whole.  With Funderburk and Potter, OSU can almost play a 5-out offense with the floor completely spread and driving lanes available for ball-handlers to penetrate.  The issue there is who will be handling the ball.  Hopefully we hear good news about Markell Johnson soon.

Defensively, the change will be interesting to see if the freshmen can bang down low, alter shots, and rebound effectively.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

Last night was the best ending, in my opinion.  The fact that Paige hit that shot the way he did, to tie up the game after UNC having been down 10 just moments before.  Then, after all the momentum seemed to have swung to the Tar Heels, Jenkins hits a 25 foot buzzer beater.

NC State-Houston is hard to top, but based purely on the game itself and the swings in momentum back and forth, with all the shot-making... I got to give it to 2016.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

I think Funderburk could be an ideal PF in Thad's offense.  He's long, he seems to have a pretty decent shot with the opportunity to end up having a really nice stroke if he keeps working on it.  And with that, he's perfectly sized in the college game to play as a stretch 4 while still being able to defend in the post and serve as a shot-blocking presence.

He has the potential to be a really, really nice college player based on the tools he has.  Hopefully he's ready to come in and work like crazy, because he's got the chance to have a nice impact from the get-go now with all these openings on the roster.

Comment 29 Mar 2016

I agree that in a perfect world many of the roster/lineup options would be different, and we would see a very different team.  At this point though, injuries, etc. have really forced JK into some tough decisions.  I'm very hard on JK, but in his defense he's sort of forced to look outside the box at playing a few guys out of position in order to get any semblance of a strong XI on the pitch to start things off.

I think Nagbe is a key to helping unlock some things in the attack.  He doesn't play as conservatively or predictably as many of the usual suspects on the USMNT.  He's willing to take some chances.  When you play a side that is going to bunker (as Guatemala will surely do for long stretches tonight), you have to be willing to seek the dangerous ball first rather than being content to play the predictable ball.  If it's not there, fine, move on to something else.  But, too often the US plays in lines rather than getting great off the ball runs or dangerous passes in the final third.

Orozco and Castillo are two guys whose shelf-life on the US has expired long ago, but JK is content to continue getting a taste.  At some point he has to realize they are stale options.  Just having them on the roster rather than Ream, Lichaj, Spector, etc., or giving younger options a chance, really limits the ceiling of the team.  With all the injuries in the back right now though, JK really doesn't have much else to go with.  Where's Old Man Beasley when you need him?!?

Comment 28 Mar 2016

Was committed to St. Mary's until Alford left for UCLA and his dad got the head coaching job at New Mexico.  He then decided to stay in Albuquerque and play for his dad.

He's a 6'4-6'5 combo guard who played PG at New Mexico.  I believe he struggled quite a bit this season, not shooting well and having almost a 1:1 A/TO ratio.  He was a lightning rod for criticism, with New Mexico having a down year, Neal not playing well, and still getting big minutes.  Plus his dad was the coach - always leads to issues with fans, etc.  It sounds like he received death threats and other threats.

A change of scenery will be good for Cullen.  I'm not sure he's a PG, but it seems like he'd be another good combo guard to fit in well with Lyle and Harris, plus having 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Comment 26 Mar 2016

Agree, almost exactly what I alluded to above.

Yes, he's forward-thinking in how to approach youth development. He understands the historical approach in America is backwards and unsustainable (inverted pyramid where pay-to-play is key and youth soccer is business rather than truly developmental). That's all well and good.

On the pitch, his reasoning on roster selections for different players seem to contradict each other, his camps are too strenuous and end up breaking down his players leading to injuries. His tactics are questionable. His lineups are even more puzzling, trying to fit players into roles they never ever play at their clubs. And not only that, there is rarely any commonality with his lineups from camp to camp. Look at most established soccer nations and they have a mostly set lineup from game to game. Other than Bradley lately, there is hardly any consistency or cohesiveness with JK's lineups. 

Jurgen always talks about wanting players "to prove a point" and show they belong/are deserving, but all that's done is turn the roster and lineup into a revolving door. The guys he normally insists on playing typically struggle or show inconsistency in their performance (Altidore, Jones, Diskerud, and so on). Then, he refuses to allow other guys to "prove their point" other than with 20-30 minutes off the bench (NAGBE) and they show flashes of being potential stalwarts. 

It's all very frustrating and puzzling. The talent is not as lacking as many would have us all believe. Playing tentatively and without passion or resolve tends to make you look worse than you are.