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March 27, 2011

Jared Sullinger to Remain at Ohio State

Filed under: sports, college — eadeutsch @ 8:40 pm
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After Ohio State’s nail-biting loss at the hands of Kentucky, freshman sensation Jared Sullinger committed to remaining with the Buckeyes next season instead of entering the NBA draft.

Sullinger, a Naismith contender and nearly guaranteed lottery pick in a weak draft class, made an interesting decision.

Sullinger left millions of dollars on the table in order to return to a strong Ohio State team and lead them on a championship run.  It represented an unselfishness that is rare these days in college basketball, where the top players typically go “one and done” to play within the NBA’s established rules about draft eligibility.

Sullinger’s move does come with risks.  All it takes is a twisted ankle or a hard foul to put one’s season at risk, and he is guaranteed nothing in returning to Ohio State.  Sullinger can continue to polish his game–and he may avoid being drafted by Cleveland–but the risks exist.

Regardless, his move reveals a selflessness that ought to be praised, and as much as many people dislike Ohio State athletics, Sullinger has gained a world of respect, and for good reason.

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1 Comment »

  1. While admirable, I dont see this as an intelligent move on Sullinger’s behalf. He would have been a Top 10 pick at worst, leaving millions of dollars plus endorsements on the table. And if he were to have a down year, or pick up a serious injury, his future draft prospects will be severely hindered.
    I recently read this fantastic article which details the events of a college basketball star who chose to stay in college for an extra year. Highly recommended, although quite sobering.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3742592

    Comment by florencemachine — March 30, 2011 @ 2:21 am | Reply


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