Watching Kelvin Ransey, Carter Scott, and Herbie Williams in those days was terrific - they had a great inside-out presence, and Kelvin really did set the stage for some great Ohio Buckeye recruits coming in shortly after his time; Clark Kellogg (Cleveland), Jimmy Jackson (Toledo), Dennis Hopson (Toledo) and many others can probably be traced back to the guy. Thanks for a great read on a guy I was lucky enough to watch play.
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Orris Tabner didn't forget him.
Can you elaborate on that?
It's a Toledo-thing, Mike, you wouldn't understand.
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I might, if someone elaborated! :)
Longtimer with the Blade. :)
I know who Tabner is, but I didn't know if there was more to the story of Tabner "not forgetting him."
My bad - long timer with WTOL, who I believe used to call Ransey's HS games.
Those who saw Ransey play know what a dynamic player he was. He was fun to watch and I can remember emulating him in the driveway as a young kid.
I always remember his senior year team as one of OSU's best. Herb Williams was a STUD, Carter Scott was a tremendous player in his own right, Jim Smith was an animal on the boards and Kellogg was a star in the making even as a freshman. Was Larry Huggins on that team as well (Bob's brother, decent player), but he may have bene a couple years later and I am way too lazy to look it up.
Thanks for the stroll down memory lane, I love these features. And I honestly had no idea he retired that early, I just thought he was cut since his nunbers were sliding and never caught on anywhere. Glad he left on his terms to do something he loved.
My friends and I used to crash into each other intentionally during pickup games, saying "I'm Jim Smith!" Dude was a VERY physical player.
Good memory about Larry Huggins. He was a freshman in Ransey's senior season. Later played with Stokes & Taylor in one of the best back courts in OSU history.
Thanks for clarifying.
Stokes and Taylor are a couple of my favorites too, went to Canton McKinley together and then OSU together. They were incredibly talented in their own right.
Love these features, great work.
Wow, brings back good memories. I was at that triple over time game with Elyria High School, one of the best high school games I ever attended!
Man, great memories of watching these players you all are mentioning. Makes me feel a little older today.
Wow, thanks for the correction. All those years ago, I never realized his name isn't spelled (and pronounced) Ramsey.
Of course I was just a kid in the 70s. But I remember the names of Herbie Williams and Eldon Miller, and you can't turn on CBS during hoops nowadays, without remembering Clark Kellogg.
I was in junior high when Ransey was at OSU. Another Toledoan that comes up big at Ohio State.
Loved Kelvin Ransey. Don't forget a guy later, Tony Campbell, though. When I first saw Deshaun Thomas, I instantly thought of Campbell as they both had a bead on the rim and could finish. Ransey article rings back great memories of pickup games in the driveway.
I still think of Campbell as one of the greatest college players I ever saw. So good at creating his own shot, and like Thomas you felt confident he would score every time he touched the ball.
Nice story - I always seem to forget about that team, probably because they should have beaten UCLA and because Eldon was such a (fill in the blank).
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The unexpected loss in the 1980 tournament was really the beginning of the end for Miller. That senior-dominated 1981 team was possibly the single most disappointing Buckeye team ever, in any sport, and its failure basically killed off our elite recruiting for the rest of the decade. It was only because Tony Campbell and Dennis Hopson overachieved that we had any success at all in the post-Kellogg years.
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Heathcote quote is actually from 78, not 79, but it's still hilarious. I bet he said it just to piss Magic off.
If Kenny Page hadn't gotten in trouble, that would have been an all-time great Buckeye backcourt.
You're right. It was from 78 now that I look back at the article again. Fixed.
That makes sense, because Lester didn't play much his senior year. He missed almost all of Big Ten play but returned for the tournament just in time to spark Iowa to a run.
Also, it was no shame losing to that UCLA team, since they went all the way to the championship before losing to Louisville. OSU's lone pre-BigTen loss was at Louisville, in a game that we led for large portions of the game before fading in the 2nd half. That ASU team that we crushed in the tournament was no slouch either. They boasted future NBA starters Alton Lister, Byron Scott, Kurt Nimphius, and Lafayette "Fat" Lever.
Such awesome memories - Ransey, Scott, Smith, Williams - this group got me interested in basketball. That and listening to/watching games of Jim Paxton (and later Roosevelt Chapman) at U.D. Man, talk about a roll back memory lane. On the down side, I suddenly feel all my 47 years right now (black and white pics no less).
I remember watching Kelvin Ransey as a wee tike. My brother idolized him -- he dressed up like Ransey for a talent show and wrote a poem about him. Lol.
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Good stuff; a real nice story Michael about a class act. I remember going to a lot of those games "back in the day". Still can't shake the sight of Larry Huggins dribbling off his leg out of bounds in the NCAA.
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I grew up in Toledo and Kelvin and I both worked one summer at Babcock Dairy. Kelvin got the easy jobs, like sweeping floors and painting stuff, and I had to hand scrub the cottage cheese vats and clean the pits under the cooler floors where all the milk and stuff dropped and spoiled.
I didn't mind though. He was pretty cool about it all. He probably has zero recollection of me.
Great article. I wandered into one of the gyms in the student rec center one day; there was Kelvin, Todd Penn & Herb Williams goofing around. We played a pick up game (they were all in street clothes) with some other guys... A great memory!
They were all good dudes, too.
Didn't Herb play about 43 years in the NBA?