Sullinger Leaving OSU, Going Pro

Two-time All-American forward Jared Sullinger averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game in his two seasons at OSU.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)
Two-time All-American forward Jared Sullinger averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game in his two seasons at OSU.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)

Jared Sullinger is turning in his Ohio State basketball jersey for a chance at the NBA.

The two-time All American forward announced yesterday he’s forgoing his final two years at OSU to turn professional.

“It was a lot,” Sullinger says. “I had a talk with coach (Thad) Matta and he pretty much told me ‘do what’s best for me.’ I thought the best decision for me was to go to the NBA.”

Matta says he’s comfortable with the sophomore’s decision.

“You go through this, and the top-tier programs in the country all deal with the same thing. When it’s all said and done, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and say ‘OK, what do we need to do to win again next year.’”

Sullinger, a Columbus native who starred at Northland High School, is expected to be a first-round draft pick in the NBA Draft in June.

Comments
  • GRuss

    While I wish him well, I do have some doubts about his readiness. Jared is a very good player, but his consistency of effort did not seem to be as good as it should have been. But perhaps that will change in the NBA. It would also help him if he could learn to get more airborne. Ups, he don’t got.