If OSU loses a lot of the players eligible for the draft, it likely means the team had a very good season (hopefully as repeat champs). It'd hopefully a win-win for Ohio State if they put 5-6 guys into the first couple rounds next year. It looks really good for the program, too, and has to help with recruiting.
I get the feeling that the Potter offer means one of two things: (a) VJ King isn't coming to Ohio State or (b) someone is transferring.
Giddens, Funderburk and David Bell seem to be very athletic front-court players – these guys don’t look like the slow-it-down, carve-out space post guys like Sullinger was (that’s not a knock against him b/c he was GREAT). This just seems like we’re introducing a new breed of a front court that’ll be conducive to a faster-paced offense. I’ve never seen Trevor Thompson play so I don’t know what to expect from him, but when you’ve got Giddens and Funderburk on the court as your 4 and 5’s it looks like the future of this offense could be fast-paced b/c those bigs can MOVE.
...and the award for most overpaid coach in NCAA basketball goes to Tom Crean
I'd like to get someone's input on the offer made to Micah Potter (Mentor, OH). My understanding is OSU has limited scholarships for the 2016 class (only two available). Funderburk seems like a relatively high probability signing for OSU, so if OSU were really confident in getting VJ King, why would they offer Potter? Potter seems like a good player, but let's be honest VJ King and other guys OSU is going after seem like higher impact prospects.
Either VJ King and the other guys aren't likely to come to OSU, Funderburke is going to surprise and go elsewhere and/or we have a surprise transfer that'll open up a scholarship (Marc Loving??). What is going on? The Potter offer surprised me.
You'll probably find people that don't think Mitchell has a jump shot. He's a terrific athlete and passer, though. I think if he were a pure shooter he'd be a top 25 player in the country.
As much as I'd love him to stay, Russell should go. Athletes' ability to earn off their abilities only lasts so long, so go make the most of it while you can.
Deshaun Thomas and LaQuinton Ross left early to go play in Europe. Nobody would blame Russell to leave to be a sure-fire lottery pick in the NBA.
I just sure hope that AJ Harris and Jaquan Lyle can be adequate ball handlers next year. One player I don't quite think I understand is Mickey Mitchell...he kind of looks like a 6'7" small forward with some PG skills. Am I crazy to think he'll be given chances to play PG next year?
Arizona is one of the best teams in the country. Look at how many five star recruits are on that team. They are arguably the 2nd best team in the country. They have a lot of size and length. This Ohio State team performed very poorly when they played legit teams this year. Even D'Angelo Russell has performed poorly every time he's played vs. good competition -- look at his stats. This team wasn't good this year b/c Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott and Amir Williams never developed.
Thad Matta has spoiled most Ohio State fans. I see stuff about how well Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati are doing...yes, they are good teams. Those schools take basketball very seriously so I'm happy for them, but let's not pretend those schools don't have down years, too. Xavier had two bad years in 2012-2013 just like OSU these last two, Dayton is peaking out and Cincinnati has been pretty mediocre lately.
Matta just brought in a guy that's going top 5 in the NBA draft, and we're retaining two other freshman (Tate and KBD) that have promising futures. ESPN ranked Matta's 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes as the BEST IN THE BIG TEN, and it looks like he'll be able to add two top 50 recruits for 2016. Matta is tremendously under appreciated. We are lucky to have him.
Indiana, Michigan State, Maryland -- I think OSU can reasonably beat them all.
OSU has no answer at all for Kaminsky, though. I love Jae'Sean Tate, but he had no chance guarding him -- he's just giving up too much height. Amir is too slow to chase him. Sam Thompson is too weak.
Thad Matta does very well in this tournament, and they are coming off an embarrassing loss, so you can imagine practices have been hard. I always think its good to get punched in the face right before you get to tournament play. I wouldn't be shocked to see OSU in the championship game b/c they match up pretty well vs MSU and Maryland.
Am I the only one that thinks this was Marc Loving's last game in Columbus? He's not even trying out there. Something very strange happened with that suspension and ever since he's been a very lazy player. It's really a shame. Hope he gets straightened out and doesn't become a Toledo Rocket but something isn't right.
This was the first thought that came to mind for me. We are really tight on scholarships for the 2016 class, however. Moyer's father didn't exactly sing the praises of Ohio State a few months ago, so even if no Syracuse for Moyer, there'd be some work to do on Matta's part. It's really a shame b/c right now it looks like a class of VJ King, Derek Funderburk and Matthew Moyer would be a very legit possibility. It looks like there's really only room for two in 2016, unless there is a surprise transfer.
Big time fan of the basketball team here, but I've been frustrated with the lack of development in Sam Thompson's offensive game the last two years. I love to see him get fired up and get motivated, but a big part of me wishes he got this serious a couple years ago and put in time (i) on his shot, (ii) in the weight room and (iii) on his ball handling skills. His jumper hasn't improved in the last two years (it's worse, if anything). He's athletic and I think he'd be an effective slasher if he were stronger and handled the ball better. Sorry to be skeptical of Sam, but some people can back up the talk. I don't think Sam can at this point. Prove me wrong.
Ohio State ranks quite high on the "Efficiency" rankings, like KenPom.com (#15) and ESPN's BPI (#13). A lot of the lines in Vegas are based on these rankings, and of course are adjusted by the market to reflect their thoughts. If you disagree, argue with the actuaries that are paid big $$ to set these lines. I'd be shocked if OSU were a 4-seed, but Vegas uses these efficiency rankings. They are the ones putting $$ behind (not Joe Lunardi) so it's worth something.
Theoretically, this sounds fine, but it’s decades too late. Collegiate athletics has turned into a big-time business and rhetoric like this is just downright silly b/c it’s pretending like it’s not. Jim Delany and his $1.6 million salary need a reality check.
It was hard to watch at the end when Michigan gave Shannon Scott plenty of room to take jumpers (at least 6-7 feet) and he still passed it away b/c he has no confidence in his shot. Ugh
TJ Yeldon reminds me of Curtis Samuel
Haha, Rickey Dudley? Rickey Dudley was a physical specimen with an NFL body. Sam Thompson has hardly spent any time in the weight room his four years in college. Does he refuse to lift? He has nowhere close to a college football body, let alone an NFL body like Dudley. This talk of Sam Thompson playing football is silly.
Good insight, thanks. I love Sam Thompson, but the guy is no better of an offensive basketball player today than he was when he was as a sophomore (he's improved defensively a good deal, IMO). The dunks vs. North Dakota State are cool and all but the guy hasn't improved his shot at all and he hasn't added a pound of muscle in 3 years.
It's a shame the guy hasn't developed beyond highlight dunks. The 2011 recruiting class was great on paper. I'll always fondly remember Sam Thompson and Shannon Scott as good Buckeyes (I won't Amir Williams), but their lack of development the last two years is a primary reason why this team will be a 7-8 seed in March and likely out in the round of 32 as opposed to a 4-seed with a legit shot at sweet 16/elite 8. Sorry but I think it's true. Down vote away.
Zeke is the man, no doubt. I probably have watched this loop 30x in the last few minutes, and you can't help notice Jalin Marshall's speed creeping in at the end of this run. Damn!! The future is indeed bright.
This was a strange game to watch. There were virtually no real post players on the floor the entire game!
Not many people will beat IU this year when they shoot 48% from 3-point range. Good W
If you're trying to imply he's not wearing OSU gear, it's an Ohio State national title ball cap. It's got an OSU logo on the side of it.
Ohio State is going to need at least 2 QB's next year. The offense runs QB's a good deal and they get banged up, as evidenced by the last few years of injuries.
I wish the best for Braxton Miller. It may be best for him if he switches positions, but that is what is most likely for him at the next level, particularly if the shoulder isn't the same. How much fun would it be to watch JT and Cardale at QB with Elliott, Braxton, Marshall, Samuel and Wilson in at RB and H-Back? That's just crazy. That would be incredible to watch. It's already insane without Braxton if he chooses to leave, but Ohio State fans should love him for the battles he's already fought for fans.
I get all the Amir Williams stuff. One of my major concerns with this team is that Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson have never stepped it up to the next level the way I think we all hoped they would after watching them early in their careers. They are both good players and I respect the hell out of them but they haven't developed. This team should be led by them and instead they've got a freshman taking the lead. It's not too late for them, particularly Thompson that has shown glimpses of hot shooting in his career.
I also feel the switch to zone early this year hurt the team’s development. It’s a big change for guys like Thompson and Scott that are great man-on-man defenders. Adjusting to the new D probably didn’t help them develop their offensive games.
Still love Thad Matta and couldn’t imagine this program without him. Just a bit disappointed with the development of the 2011 recruiting class…it had so much potential even with Ross leaving early.
Alcohol, most likely.
Screw Baylor. They lost to Michigan State