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As expected, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger to declare for draft

Apr 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans Reuters

No real surprise here — it was almost a surprise he went back for his sophomore year — but Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is declaring for the NBA draft, reports ESPN.

The team will make a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Sullinger is a lock top-10, maybe top 5 pick in the draft (DraftExpress currently has him No. 6). He played the five in college but is an old-school, back-to-the-basket four in the NBA (although he has range and shot 42 percent on threes last season). He has great footwork and strength around the basket and a solid fundamental game with fantastic hands and touch. He’s not an explosive athlete — he does not play above the rim — but he can get a shot and finish with a variety of moves.

Because he’s not wildly athletic some teams will balk and pass on him, but those are probably the same teams that would have passed on Kevin Love for the same reasons. Not that Sullinger is or will be at the level of Love, but to think a guy can’t be effective inside below the rim in the NBA is a mistake.

  1. loungefly74 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    hopefully sully will bulk up. i watched a lot of OSU games and i worry he might get bounced around at the 4 in the NBA.

  2. suhnum1fan - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I’ll past. This guy has bust written all over this face and body

  3. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Sully needs to bulk down and add muscle. I’ve been told that his listing at 6ft 9 is generous and he’s closer to 6ft 7. On top of that he can’t get a shot over a bigger defender and he’s not going to be able to throw his weight around in the NBA.

    A 6ft 7 power forward can be a beast in the NBA (Brand, Blair, Booker (don’t laugh), etc…) but you have to be a superior athlete at that height. The guys I mentioned all have huge verticals and are very muscular. That’s not a coincidence.

    • airyeezy17 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Kevin Love is listed at 6’10 but you see in pictures that he’s the same height as 6’7 Derrick Williams. Just some evidence that you don’t have to be an athletic freak to succeed as an undersized PF.

      • thebigkahuna23 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        Kevin Love is not 6ft7 and Derrick Williams is also not 6ft7

      • airyeezy17 - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        My bad. Derrick Williams is listed at 6’8″. Here’s the picture I mentioned though.
        http://blogimages.thescore.com/tbj/files/2011/12/derrick-williams-kevin-love.jpg

        So either Williams is actually 6’10” (unlikely that his listed height would be shorter), or Love is 6’10” WITH shoes on.

      • thebigkahuna23 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        That’s fair. It does look like love is about an inch taller, maybe a little more. The difference between 6-10 and 6-8 is hard to notice with shoes on (especially with the heel lift variation in so many shoes) and with presumably a photographer who is considerably shorter than the pair.

        You offer compelling evidence, but Kevin love is closer to 7 feet than 6ft7

  4. dkhhuey - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Thanks for the 2 years Sully!!! Good Luck!!!

  5. drunkenjunk - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    bulk up to what? The guy is 6’9 265, I really wouldn’t want him much heavier than that.

  6. lakerluver - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    He just doesn’t seem like he’s going to be much more than a reserve to me.

  7. general74 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    What position will he play in the NBA and who is going to draft him that high. He is a classic tweener who has shown he can’t play against size as he struggled against kansas and michigan state the only 2 teams ohio state really played this year with size and he struggled against kentucky last year. In the NBA for size not to be an issue for him he will have to play small forward but he doesn’t have the speed to stay with those guys and at PF or C in the NBA he will be matched up with guys his size and bigger. I love Sullinger and the Buckeyes but I think he is going to be a bust in the NBA.

  8. latchbeam - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Sully is every bit of 6’9″ 265… the kicker is he has a 7’2″ wingspan.

  9. latchbeam - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    If Sully is 6’7″… Draymond Green must be 6’4″…

  10. kungfubillysims - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Good riddance. Won’t miss your arrogant attitude and constant smirk when I’m watching big ten basketball next year. osu isn’t looking so good for next season. Draymond owned you for conference player of the year too.

  11. jizzojames - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    You know what folks aren’t talking about is his WORK ETHIC!! Dennis Rodman was one of the BEST REBOUNDERS/DEFENSIVE players the leagues has ever seen all at 6’7″ 210lbs. Charles Barkley all the same, with an average of 11.7RPG all to go with 22.1PPG, all while being 6’6″ 252lbs, and a ton of folks believe that Charles was only 6’4″. Point is who cares about size! Kevin Love is proving that hard work can make you a better basketball player, and put you in MVP category. I think Sully has a damn good chance to succeed in the NBA, if he works at it. For all those who don’t believe I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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