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Comment 27 Apr 2017

According to Rivals, Bazley is ranked #74, OSU's commits for 2016/17/18 look like this:

2016 (4): #77, unranked, unranked, unranked

2017 (2): #83, unranked

2018 (2): #124, #127

The fact that losing a #74 recruit is even a big deal is pretty sad, it means you aren't really even a top 25 destination. Considering all OSU has at it's disposal being one of the highest profile universities in the country, that's pretty pathetic.

Comment 12 Mar 2017

On the other hand, if his options were going to be the exact same next year vs. this year (not going to be drafted ever), then might as well go to Europe. He'll make more money than anyone else who plays for OSU next year.

The more likely scenario though is that it's one of the following:

1. Trouble making grades or family has no money so he has to start getting paid asap.

2. Everyone hates playing for this team, like the guys who transferred last year. He already transferred in from VT, so just leave instead of transferring again. He would rather not play at all than play for the team again.

He's 22yrs old and unranked on DX playing for a major program, it'd be hard to convince anyone they are going to get a big payday with that resume.

Comment 12 Mar 2017

He's ranked #48 in the 2018 draft according to DraftExpress (by far the best resource), so a fringe NBA prospect. For comparison, none of the other players on the roster are projected to be drafted in any draft.

That's what happens when the top recruits on your team were ranked #24/26/79/79, etc. There is no top talent on this team, so they aren't very good. This will continue until getting top talent is a priority. It's not a difficult concept to grasp, and that's why Kentucky/Kansas/Duke are top 10 teams every year. It's because they have better talent, and coaches who understand the purpose of college basketball is to prepare their players to get picked high in the draft, not to grind out some 4yr college career and show up to the combine out of shape like all of Matta's players.

Comment 29 Mar 2016

To me, it's a combination of poor recruiting and poor training that has resulted in essentially a talent tailspin. If your players aren't in shape, they get drafted lower (Sullinger, Thomas, Ross, etc.), which in turn makes it hard to convince the top talent to come here because they'd rather go to places like Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, etc. where they are more likely to go in the lottery after their Freshman year.

Right now out of the top 26 2016 recruits (Rivals), 14 are committed to Kentucky/Duke/AZ/MSU/UCLA. OSU's #1 recruit is currently #59. You can't start with that big a talent disadvantage and consistently contend for titles. In 2015 OSU's top recruit was #44. OSU has had exactly 1 top 25 recruit since 2010, and it was D'Angelo Russell (#18). Talent wins.

Why would any of the top guys come here when OSU has had 1 "One and Done" since 2009? It's possible Thad doesn't want to go after the One and Done guys as much as someone who will stay here for 3-4 years, but that's just the wrong strategy in today's age. Wisconsin isn't who you want to model your program after, it's Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, etc. Place a premium on getting people to go high in the draft, and you'll continue to reload your program every year, and always be in contention for a title.

Comment 12 Mar 2013

I wish I could cross reference comments from people here with the Bama assault/robbery story. I bet a lot of people weren't willing to wait for for the facts to come out in that one, but seem very willing to wait in this case. If this happened, it should be a higher profile story than that one.

Comment 04 Mar 2012

This team is really good when they are running PnR or variations with Craft. When Thomas is the ball handler he just Iso's and never passes.

Comment 04 Mar 2012

Taking out Sullinger is the worst thing you can do there. There's only 8 minutes left, if he fouls out so what.

Comment 04 Mar 2012

Most common phrase from today's game: We're really lucky to be within ___ points of them right now.

Comment 04 Mar 2012

Contested 15ft shot with 20 seconds left on the shot clock, terrible decision.

Comment 04 Mar 2012

Man this team takes awful shots. Thomas never passes after he gets it, Sullinger thinks he can hit 15ft 2pters, and the rest of the team takes tons of contested shots with 20 sec or more left on the clock.