Buckeyes Dominate Pre-Season teams
The great Phil Steele releases his All American team today and five Buckeyes should be on his first team. It should come as no surprise that Beanie Wells, Malcolm Jenkins and Lil' Animal are on the team, but Alex Boone and Marcus Freeman also made the cut.
In his All-Big Ten teams, 18 of the Buckeyes starters are on his list, including 10 on defense. While I agree with most of his picks, I have a hard time believing that Jim Cordle will be a 4th team selection, while Cameron Heyward and Lawrence Wilson will be 3rd teamers. Is there any selection that jumps out at you as a potential mistake?
O-Faced Hunter makes first team at Orlando Pre-Draft Camp
In his blog, Bob Baptist of the Dispatch alerts us of the outstanding week Othello Hunter had in Orlando. Draftexpress selected him to their first team and are predicting him as a late second round selection in the upcoming NBA draft.
Hunter was able to display his mid-range jumper and vertical leap a bit more at this camp. With only six years of playing experience under his belt, his upside is unlimited and should be worth that late pick, we all know the NBA loves potential and I will not be surprised to see his named called June 27th.
After being named MVP of the Portsmouth Tournament last month, Jamar Butler was unable to participate in Orlando due to a hamstring injury.
Thad scoring another transfer?
Babtist also gives us the scoop on Wesley Johnson, a 6'7" forward from Texas, who was released from his scholarship at Iowa State this week and has OSU on his list of potential schools. While the ISU coach suspected a bit of tampering from some other coaches before he released Johnson, he failed to realize what a dump Ames, Iowa is and the lack of hot co-eds that reside there.
Johnson could really help out Thad's front court in 2009, bringing some experience and scoring punch. He averaged 12.3 points and 6.1 boards over his first two seasons in Ames and with no incoming recruits thus far for the 2009 season, Wesley could add that much needed depth.
Say it ain't so Pete
It has been a while since any current Buckeye footballers have been in any type of legal trouble, so Pete Johnson thought he would step up to the plate.
Apparently, Pete wrote a bad check for a $13,000 pickup truck back in December at an auto auction and was found guilty of that crime on Monday. According to court reports, Big Pete has since paid off the debt, but he could face up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine when sentenced in July.
I'm hoping Pete comes through without having to face any jail time, because when I read this quote from him earlier this week, he quickly became one of my all time favorites.