Saturday, March 26th, 2011 at 11:14 am  |  24 responses

Jared Sullinger Vows to Return to Ohio State

Forgive us if we’re a bit skeptical of the projected top-5 draft pick’s word at this point. From ESPN: “Sitting in the Ohio State locker room following the top-seeded Buckeyes’ 62-60 loss to Kentucky, the freshman said he would not be entering his name for the NBA draft and would return for his sophomore season. ‘I’m going to be an Ohio State Buckeye next year,’ he said. ‘This isn’t why I came here, to come in here and see my seniors in here crying. I came here to win a national championship.’ Plenty of people make pledges in the rubble of an emotional loss only to change their mind later, when the sting and suddenness of the season fades and the promise of the NBA looms. Sullinger, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds in his final game of the season, insists that won’t happen. ‘I’m a man of my word,’ Sullinger said. ‘I don’t change my word and no one changes it for me. This is what I want.’”

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  • http://google c_cantrell

    thats one less year you coulda spent in the nba bud.. but on the other hand, its a good thing he is staying in college, he will only develop and become better suited for the grind of goin up against the big men of the nba night in and night out.. he is taking the road less travelled amoungst top teir college freshman nowdays.. actually kinda nice to see an athlete who could possibly go number one in the draft stay another year in college to become better and go after the national championship

  • connor

    for f**k sake i really was lookin forward to watching him in the nba next season

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    Smart move young man.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’ll believe it when the NBA early-entry period is over and his name’s not in the list.
    If he stays, damn that would be refreshing as hell.
    I remember Tim Duncan took a lot of crap cause he stayed all four years in college.
    Multiple that by ten and that’s what Sully will get for not being a one-and-done when he can be a top 5 pick now.

  • kz

    how is this smart?

  • Cameron

    @kz…explain how it’s not smart? just because he could go number doesn’t mean he shouldn’t stay to make his skills better, become ready, and most importantly get more of an education

  • Ajamu

    He got out played yesterday. His conditioning is not where it needs to be. He needs to get his body right. He is slow footed and needs a legit 15 foot jump shot. Smart move to stay and play rather than jump to the pros and get exposed!

  • Jer dawg

    I’m a fan of Sullinger. Not Ohio St. fan but if he does what he says this won’t hurt his status of a top NBA prospect.

  • r2j

    Damn. It is a smart move because there will be a lockout next year. I think in a thrilling loss to Kentucky might make him to wanna return and that’s not good news for the rest of the Big Ten. Let’s hope he doesn’t change his mind.

  • Domaye

    Considering there will be a lockout for next season, this definitely makes sense.

  • greg

    i dunno this years draft is weak and he is going to be drafted as a very young player who can be built in the coach’s image so if ur gonna go high now why delay it. improve your skill against big players rather than other 6’8 pfs in college. for guards i think they should stay but as a 3-4 player he should go because he is not going to get a chance to work on his guard skills in college when all he has to do is muscle in for points

  • rich

    ok anyway see u at the draft i wonder where he goes.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    How is this smart??? Hmm…what is he going to do in the league, that he can’t improve on in college? He can only get better. Develop a midgame, improve defense skills, build conditioning.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    Plus he get better players around him, and Ohio State can finally win a damn chip already.

  • http://jojo.com Max

    I think he’s scared of the Cavs picking him…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Max is right! Good one.

  • Spursnation

    Yeah but I would take the guaranteed contract with 10+ million dollars immediately instead of risking injury and ending up like Da’Sean Butler.

  • flipnoyce

    Personally I think he should go for the draft, it’s a guaranteed money in his pocket. Staying in college is not a bad idea until the day he gets injured. You can always get an online degree nowadays. Once in the NBA, work extra hard on whatever there is he lack of.

  • http://dude Chukaz

    i think most ppl should stay in college this year. if players don’t declare the nba is kinda f*cked. the cavs took baron davis’ contract just to get that extra lottery pick. imagine if harrison barnes, jared sullinger, kyrie irvin, brandon knight, terrance jones, and other freshmen and international players stay. talk about giving the player leverage on cba negotiations

  • http://dude Chukaz

    n also, i don’t see how staying in college makes you a better player. kids have to go to class, do homework, study and all this other stuff, not to mention that college teams don’t have the resources and nba team does when it comes to player development. If sullinger being fat is gonna scare teams off, staying in college ain’t gonna change that. getting paid to diet and do a sh*t load of exercise might make him less fat tho

  • http://slamonline.com big_ticket

    no!!bad move

  • smallticket

    Nothing besides a potential lockout should keep him out of the draft, that’s the only sensible move.

    If you’re a top 5 pick, you really have no place to go but down. Don’t risk getting injured and missing out. If you really care about education: like it was mentioned, get your degree online. You have heaps of down time as a Pro.

  • T-Money

    he should absolutely stay if he’s in no rush but i don’t know if that’s smarter than going. on what basis? his stock will probably not be higher next year and scouts knock him because he’s undersized and not athletic. that’s not going to change. and nba trainers can make him lose the weight in one summer. i mean, how “smart” was it for kyle singler to stay? his stock plummeted and he cost himself millions of dollars. terrence morris went from high lottery to second round with non-guaranteed money. i mean, good for him, he obviously enjoys ohio st but it’s not a “smarter” decision.

  • T-Money

    it’s like when dukies say kyrie should come back to improve his game and be more ready. no, you want kyrie to come back to win a title. he’s ready – ready to be drafted #1 that is.