Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program.The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors and seniors (2018-2019) and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field.Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. For more information visit: ohiostatefair.com/scholarships/.
Louis Brown should be a key cog in this recruiting class. (via 247)Ed. note: Kyle Boone is digging into a class that Mike Gundy seems to really love today. First up, defense. Here’s a look at the offense, by the way.High SchoolersLouis Brown, Defensive End6-6, 210 poundsBrown joined the party late in the recruiting cycle. After committing early to Baylor and then flipping to Texas, Brown landed on Oklahoma State and could be a future star at defensive end.At 6-6, 210 pounds, Brown needs to put on some weight but he has the athleticism to be extremely good with the right direction under Rob Glass and the strength program.Darrion Daniels, Defensive Tackle6-4, 290 poundsDaniels was another late add who had considered OU, Texas Tech and Iowa but eventually decided to commit to OSU. Daniels was a highly regarded four-star prospect who could be in line to make an immediate impact next season with starting defensive tackles Ofa Hautau and James Castleman exhausting their eligibility.The first play on his highlight reel should get you excited for what to expect from him in the orange and black in the future. Read more about him here.Taaj Bakari, Defensive Tackle6-2, 292 poundsBakari has flown completely under the radar this season but at 6-2, 292 pounds he could also see playing time and contribute as a true freshman along with Darrion Daniels.Bakari had 5 sacks, 2 forces fumbles and 65 tackles in his senior season and was recognized as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the state of Texas. Daniels and Bakari could wreak major havoc in the Big 12 for several years to come.Bryce Balous, Safety5-11, 185 poundsBalous is a speedster from McKinney North and a teammate of former OSU commit Ronald Jones who committed late in the recruiting cycle. Balous had 164 tackles, 1 interception, and a 21.9 yard average on punt returns in his senior season.Balous is a dynamic player who could make an impact as a freshman on special teams and provide good depth in the secondary.Za’Carrius Green, Linebacker5-11, 200 poundsOne of Green’s coaches, Matt Allen, told Scout “we always called him the most explosive player in the Northern Hemisphere because he’s explosive.”Green is the only linebacker in this class, however Kevin Henry and Jordan Burton could eventually the fill the star position for the Cowboys. Green is naturally quick and shows promise that he could be a future star at the linebacker position.Kevin Henry, Safety6-1, 205 poundsAt 6-1, 205 pounds, Henry is nearly the exact replica of Josh Furman who filled the star linebacker position last season. Henry committed to LSU early last year before Les pointed him our direction.[1. Ed. note: Haha, or not.]Henry is an intelligent young man who had offers from several top tier schools and is a great talent to add to the roster for next year.Kenneth McGruder, Safety6-1, 190 poundsMcGruder had a roller coaster recruitment as he committed to OSU and decommitted, and finally made his mind up that he was sticking with Oklahoma State. McGruder was a four-star prospect who held offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Florida, and many other elite universities.He is at a pretty good position to contribute early in special teams and could see playing time as a backup as a freshman in the secondary.TransfersJordan Burton, Safety / Star Linebacker6-1, 210 poundsBurton is an explosive defensive back who is expected to make an immediate impact at the star linebacker position next season.“He’s going to have the size to develop into what we call a star linebacker because he’s got great contact speed and can make plays in the box,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.Michael Hunter, Cornerback6-1, 195 poundsA graduate transfer from Indiana who was a 2-year starter, Hunter will provide more depth and will team with Kevin Peterson, Ashton Lampkin and Ramon Richards to make a killer rotation at the cornerback position.Hunter brings a veteran presence and may be able to contribute on special teams as well.Motekai Maile, Defensive Tackle6-4, 310 poundsMaile is a whopping 310 pounds and will make an excellent presence on the defensive line next season. Maile was recruited by numerous schools including TCU and USC, however he committed to OSU early and stuck with his commitment up until signing day. Maile will be a pleasant surprise next season and I expect to hear his name called early and often.Antwan Hadley, SafetyHadley was another teammate of Chris Carson and Matt Kellerman at Butler County C.C. Hadley was a long time commit of Western Kentucky, but a late official visit to Stillwater garnered an offer and he signed his letter of intent with the Cowboys on Wednesday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Kitson slams Liverpool ace Salah: You cheatedby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League striker Paul Kitson has slammed Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah for ‘cheating’.Salah won a penalty before successfully converting his spot-kick during the Reds’ 4-0 Boxing Day rout at Anfield. And despite some claiming he dived, Salah was cleared of any wrongdoing.However, Kitson wrote for The Sun: “The truth is that Salah falling over at Anfield against Newcastle with Liverpool top of the league and already winning the match, is the easiest decision any referee can make.“It’s cheating and I don’t recognise it as part of the game that I love.“Unfortunately, the rewards in football are such that many players feel no shame in throwing themselves to the floor and there is absolutely no doubt the biggest players in the biggest teams are favoured by most teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martin Ødegaard: Now proving the hype at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad’s rising star Martin Ødegaard has started the new LaLiga Santander season showing just why he was tipped for the top right from the start of his career.Still just 20 years old, Ødegaard has been lighting up LaLiga in spectacular fashion since his arrival in San Sebastian on loan from Real Madrid last summer. So much so that the txuri-urdin’s midfield star was officially named September Player of the Month in LaLiga Santander, as his goals and assists drove his team towards the top of the table.Born in Drammen, Norway in December 1998, Ødegaard has been setting landmarks all his sporting life. After coming through at local club Stromgodset, he became the youngest player to play in Norway’s top division at the age of just 15, the Tippeligaen’s youngest-ever scorer and Norway’s youngest-ever senior international. A move to Real Madrid soon followed and in May 2015 he became Madrid’s youngest-ever debutant [16 years and 157 days] when replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in a LaLiga Santander game against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.Competition for places at Madrid is always tough, so the teenager played 58 times for the club’s Castilla youth team before joining Dutch team SC Heerenveen for 18 months in January 2017. That brought more regular senior experience, and he returned to the Eredivisie to spend another year at Vitesse Arnhem. 11 goals and 12 assists made him the only non-PSV Eindhoven or Ajax player to make the 2018/19 Eredivisie Team of the Season.Last summer brought a return to LaLiga with La Real, who had an excellent transfer window with other young arrivals including his fellow Scandinavian Alexander Isak and French defender Modibo Sagnan. Txuri-urdin coach Imanol Alguacil immediately put Ødegaard into his starting XI for the 1-1 draw at Valencia on the opening day and he kept his place for the following weekend when he scored his first LaLiga goal in a 1-0 win at RCD Mallorca.Playing mostly in an attacking midfield role, Ødegaard’s technical ability and passing range have stood out, showcasing the tenacity and leadership skills of a player who has amassed significant experience at such a young age. His highest profile game so far brought a man of the match performance, including a fine goal and clever assist, as Atletico de Madrid were beaten 2-0 at the Reale Arena. There have also been assists against Basque neighbours Alaves – a real beauty of a through ball, if you haven’t seen it… – and Sevilla, and he is the only La Real player to have completed all 720 LaLiga minutes so far in 2019/20.October’s international break saw Ødegaard add to his 20 senior caps for Norway in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Spain and Romania. And now it is back to work with his club as La Real look to build on their excellent start to the season with games against Real Betis, RC Celta and Levante. Longer term he remains firm in his wish to triumph at Real Madrid, where he is under contract until 2022, but only after seeing through his agreed two-year loan at La Real.Few players pack as much into their entire careers as Martin Ødegaard has already achieved. LaLiga’s nordic rising star does not turn 21 until next December, but the best is surely yet to come.
The NBA Christmas Day games are one of the league’s most visible showcases. Rivalries are deepened, as with the Clippers-Warriors matchups in 2013 and 2014, or rejoined, as with the centerpiece of this year’s slate, a finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the last seven years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have enjoyed prime placement on the Christmas marquee, playing against some of the best teams in the league. But this season, after former MVP Kevin Durant left town over the summer, the Thunder’s star power has diminished enough to warrant a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently 9-19 and one of the worst teams in the league.We can use FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to see just how far the Wolves fall below the Thunder’s standards. Here are Oklahoma City’s Christmas Day opponents beginning in 2010: The best pace-adjusted triple-double seasons K. Love2013-1497.335.517.06.015.4 J. Harden2016-1797.737.110.715.718.4 R. Westbrook2016-1798.043.714.715.021.3 C. Paul2008-0987.832.47.915.715.9 M. Johnson1986-87101.622.214.171.1245.9 L. James2010-1190.936.410.29.615.3 12/25/2010ThunderNuggets15701595 M. Johnson1989-9096.330.08.915.416.0 (Amazingly, the top two seasons by this measure are happening right now. The No. 2 spot belongs to Rockets star and former Thunder sixth man James Harden, who is averaging a per-100-possessions triple-double of his own for new coach Mike D’Antoni, in a role I like to think of as “overgrown Steve Nash does his best Corey Maggette impersonation.” Giannis Antetokounmpo, who turned 22 this month, comes in 27th.)This won’t be the first time Westbrook will be playing Christmas Day without Durant. In 2014, Oklahoma City drew the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs (also without Kawhi Leonard) as its opponent, and won 114-106, with Westbrook pouring in 34 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. It was a brilliant game, the type of which we’ve become accustomed to from Westbrook the last few seasons. The difference this season is that if he repeats that line on Sunday, or even if he racks up his 14th triple-double of the season, it will be away from the biggest stage of the day.Check out our latest NBA predictions. PLAYERSEASONPACEPOINTSREBOUNDSASSISTSVERSATILITY INDEX K. Garnett2004-0589.131.419.18.016.9 12/25/2013KnicksThunder17131451 K. Malone1996-9790.040.014.46.515.5 DATEHOME TEAMAWAY TEAMTHUNDER ELOOPPONENT ELO 12/25/2011ThunderMagic16201583 O. Robertson1961-62124.926.710.89.914.2 L. James2015-1693.3126.96.36.1995.6 G. McGinnis1974-75105.133.7188.8.131.52 12/25/2014SpursThunder15591671 G. Hill1996-9784.530.913.010.516.2 12/25/2015ThunderBulls16501524 STATS PER 100 POSSESSIONS K. Garnett2003-0489.033.219.06.816.2 L. Bird1987-8897.937.611.67.715.0 R. Westbrook2013-1495.435.79.411.415.6 K. Garnett2002-0391.929.617.37.815.9 M. Johnson1990-9184.108.40.2067.216.4 L. James2007-0890.239.610.49.515.8 D. Cousins2014-1595.435.5220.127.116.11 G. Antetokounmpo2016-1796.132.713.08.315.2 L. James2011-1218.104.22.168.815.5 D. Robinson1993-9422.214.171.124.315.2 L. James2009-1091.440.09.811.516.5 R. Westbrook2015-1696.733.911.315.118.0 Versatility Index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions). Data is through Dec. 23, 2016.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 12/25/2016ThunderTimberwolves15961426 12/25/2012HeatThunder16991661 L. James2008-0988.740.810.910.416.7 M. Johnson1988-89100.128.710.116.416.8 L. Bird1984-85101.634.312.67.915.1 You might notice that in 2013 the Thunder got stuck playing the New York Knicks, TV’s worst recurring Christmas Day special. Except 2013 was the rare occasion when the Knicks looked like a legitimate NBA team coming into the season. Their preseason Elo rating was 1579, 128 points higher than their rating on Christmas Day, or the difference between a top-10 team and a bottom-5 one. So the Thunder weren’t supposed to have a dog of a game, they just ended up with one because the Knicks fell off the wagon.That wasn’t the case for this season’s Timberwolves. Minnesota came into the season with a rating of 1434, and has since fallen to 1426. The idea with the Wolves was that they have one of the brightest talents in the league, Karl-Anthony Towns, and a roster packed with young, exciting players liable to throw a 30-foot alley-oop or dunk on your head. They were supposed to be among the baby-faced upstarts in the league this season, and they might yet be if they ever figure out how to hold onto a lead.This is a flavor of game the league likes to book. Last Christmas saw a similar matchup between the Miami Heat, two years removed from LeBron James’ leaving in free agency to return to Cleveland, and the New Orleans Pelicans, home to Anthony Davis. The matchmaking logic made sense enough: Pair off a franchise familiar to fans with a few stars left over from deep playoff runs against an up-and-coming face-of-the-league-type star.Things didn’t work out so well then, either. The Heat came into the game looking like dark-horse contenders in the east, with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside playing at high levels. But the Pelicans were beset by injuries early in the season, and Davis never took the leap forward many expected. New Orleans came into the game at 9-20, and while it took the game into overtime, it was hardly the glamour matchup the league had hoped for.Last year’s Pelicans-Heat and this year’s Wolves-Thunder aren’t quite parallel, though, because the year before — the Heat’s first without LeBron — saw Miami host James and his Cavs, beating them 101-91. Durant’s Warriors make a fine partner for the Cavs, but a Christmas Day reunion with Russell Westbrook would have been something to see.Westbrook is averaging 31.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.8 assists with a 41.9 usage percentage and a 54.1 true shooting percentage. But as if the phrase “averaging a triple-double through Christmas Day” isn’t impressive enough, the triple-doubles he’s racking up are far removed from the basic 10-10-10 variety. If we adjust for pace of play (which has slowed from the breakneck days of Oscar and Magic), he’s having the finest triple-double-type season we’ve ever seen.Below is a versatility index1We’re using John Hollinger’s old formulation, which is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists, to capture players who have high averages in all three stats. (Simply adding the three stats up and taking an average would over-weight scoring, since point totals tend to be higher than assists and rebounds.) for the players with the highest point-rebound-assist per-possession averages in NBA history: W. Chamberlain1963-64115.133.320.24.614.6 L. Bird1986-8798.633.611.09.215.0 M. Jordan1988-8997.040.09.99.915.8 L. James2012-1390.737.5126.96.36.199 R. Westbrook2014-1595.741.110.612.517.6
OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a mystery wrapped in a riddle for much of the season.It has been nearly impossible to get any kind of gauge on what kind of team the Buckeyes are, to learn if the team that has shown itself thus far in 2015-16 is underperforming, lacking talent, lacking experience or some combination of the three.One thing has become abundantly clear, however: OSU is far from the worst team in the Big Ten. After beating Rutgers, which is still winless in conference games this season, by a combined 38 points in their two meetings, it is clear that the Buckeyes have placed themselves well above the basement of the conference.Their opponent on Saturday, however, might want to be on the lookout for flooding after heavy rainfall.The Buckeyes (16-10, 8-5) handled the Scarlet Knights (6-19, 0-12) on their home floor in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Saturday by a score of 79-69 in a game that was never really in question. That contest came a month to the day since OSU handled Rutgers in Columbus 94-68.A pair of sophomore forwards in Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate were major contributors in the game for the Buckeyes, with a double-double each. Bates-Diop scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and had 14 rebounds, while Tate added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams was also big, scoring 19 points off the bench, including 12 in the second half.The Buckeyes did not get off to a tremendous start shooting the ball, but they really didn’t need to, as Rutgers started the game shooting a grotesque 3-of-20 — which included making its first shot of the game 22 seconds in.When all was said and done on the first 10 minutes of the game, the Buckeyes held a 20-6 lead, shooting 8-of-18. That effort was led by Bates-Diop, who scored a quick 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in quick succession.An extended 13-0 spurt by Rutgers made a dent in the lopsided score, cutting it to 22-19, but the Scarlet and Gray snapped their lengthy scoreless drought with a jump shot by Bates-Diop. That was followed up on the next possession with a layup by Tate to bring the lead back up to seven points.The visitors were then able to jump their lead back up as high as 14 points en route to a 35-26 halftime margin.Bates-Diop led all first-half scorers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while the Scarlet Knights countered with freshman guard Corey Sanders’ 13. Williams contributed seven points while Tate had six, but junior forward Marc Loving continued his extended period of poor play with zero points, four missed shots, a turnover and a few defensive lapses throughout the opening 20 minutes.The opening minutes of the second half featured much more efficient scoring for the Buckeyes, who put nine points on the scoreboard in the first four minutes of the stanza. That enabled them to take control of the game, holding onto a comfortable lead throughout the half that never got smaller than seven points.Twice when the home team threatened to get the deficit back down to single digits, Williams knocked down a shot from outside to take the crowd out of it. The Scarlet Knights finally did get it back there with a 9-0 run midway through the half, but, once again, Williams dropped in a shot from the outside to move the momentum back toward the Scarlet and Gray.Eventually, the Buckeyes’ 61.5 percent shooting mark in the second half was too much for Rutgers to ever mount a real comeback, sealing OSU’s 17th victory of the year, with five contests left on the regular-season schedule.OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who had the strongest all-around performance of his young college career with a triple-double in the teams’ first matchup, was unable to replicate the dominant performance. He finished with four points, three rebounds and five assists, and played just eight minutes in the second half.Loving was also absent for much of the second half after struggling while on the court. He was on the court for just five of the final 20 minutes and failed to score a point. Sanders was the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer with 23 points.One very unsatisfactory statistic for OSU coach Thad Matta was the turnover column, where his team coughed the ball up 19 times to Rutgers’ 11.A trip back home is next in the cards for the Buckeyes, as they are scheduled to take on Michigan on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson (6) and freshman Austin Mack (11) work together during spring camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFootball players switching positions in college is nothing new in the world of sports, and Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer has a history of players swapping spots on the field successfully.Most recently, former OSU wide receivers Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall, both former quarterbacks, were signed to NFL teams in their new positions. Miller was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft, while Marshall was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent.Departed Darron Lee was a quarterback and defensive back in high school before becoming a linebacker under Meyer at OSU, and current Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden used to call the plays for Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, before becoming a cornerback under Meyer at Florida.Another former quarterback, redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson, made the switch from signal caller to pass catcher in Columbus. Last season, he redshirted following an ankle injury and some problems in the classroom. Gibson was not always open to the idea of changing positions.“My first reaction was no,” Gibson said. “But when I really thought about it, I was being selfish. That’s when I made the switch.”This year, Gibson is expected to make his debut in scarlet and gray as a wideout during the regular season after spending a year healing his injury and learning the position. Admittedly, Gibson said he would line up during practice last year and wonder what route he was supposed to run, or what his blocking assignment was. The time he spent away from the field during 2015, he said, has helped immensely. While he will be on the field to contribute as a wideout, Gibson has missed some time during camp due to a hamstring injury. “Torrance missed about 10 practices,” Meyer said. “He just went for the first time in a week so it’s been a tough go for him.”After an impressive spring game, where he notched two touchdown receptions, the redshirt freshman said he could still tweak some aspects of his game. “I think I could have done a little more of attacking the ball,” Gibson said. “Coach Meyer gets on me everyday about attacking the ball. I wait on it too much. That’s my biggest weakness right now.”Gibson hopes to join good company of athletic playmakers to make the switch from quarterback under the Meyer regime.Gibson and the rest of the Scarlet and Gray begin the season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Not to be outdone by their football counterparts, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated conference foe Wisconsin on the road Sunday afternoon on the legs of the Hegngi brothers, albeit in less thrilling fashion. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 2-0 to improve their conference record to 4-1 and take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race. Head coach John Bluem praised his defense after the game saying he knew it would be a tough task winning on the road. “We just had a really good game,” Bluem said. “The guys were really determined; they played well and followed the plan very well.” Ohio State got on the board early when senior forward Parnell Hegngi was fouled in the box by Wisconsin freshman defender A.J. Cochran, giving OSU a penalty kick. Parnell Hegngi’s brother Chris Hegngi took the penalty kick and got it past sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the contest. It was Chris Hegngi’s third goal on three penalty kick attempts this season. Chris Hegngi’s goal was his ninth on the season, which leads the Big Ten. In the second half, Parnell Hegngi took a free kick from just outside the box and curled it around the Wisconsin defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. It was Parnell Hegngi’s third goal of the season and first since the Buckeyes’ Sept. 4 win over Stetson. “Parnell Hegngi was a big part of the reason we won today,” Bluem said. “He was the guy who drew the penalty kick and in the second half Parnell scores a goal off of a free kick. He had a very good game.” The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-13 in the contest but junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson tallied seven saves and notched his fifth shutout of the season. He is now in second place all-time with 24 career saves, three saves away from tying Casey Latchem’s career record for OSU. With Northwestern playing No. 10 Indiana to a 2-2 tie Sunday, the Buckeyes (10-5-2) take sole control over the Big Ten lead. They will play Indiana (10-3-4) for the regular season conference title Saturday. “If we win against Indiana, that would make us the conference champions, no matter what other scenario,” Bluem said. “We control our own destiny.” The game will kick off from Bloomington, Ind., at 1 p.m.
Former Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger has been medically red-flagged by NBA doctors, according to a report from ESPN.com. Doctors who examined the former sophomore forward, according to the report, said they were worried about Sullinger’s back – something that kept him out for two games including a high-profile matchup against Kansas in December. Sullinger did not immediately respond to an email request for comment from The Lantern. His father, Satch Sullinger, told ESPN’S Andy Katz that he doesn’t think the issue with his son’s back is serious. “He had a bulging area that was due to his hamstring and quads being so tight. It pulled on his hip flexor and he’s been taking care of it to loosen it. You can call it a red flag if you want. But it’s tight hamstring and tight quads,” Satch Sullinger told Katz. “He’s been to doctors, he’s doing yoga and deep tissue massage. The flexibility is helping take the pressure off the area.” The Lantern was unable to reach a number to contact Satch Sullinger on the matter. According to the report, several NBA team doctors “have reviewed the information from the NBA and have told their front office staff that Sullinger’s back issues could shorten his NBA career and some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round.” Sullinger, who is projected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft, has worked out with Golden State, Portland and, most recently, New Orleans. He’s scheduled to work out with Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit within the coming weeks. A Columbus native out of Northland High School, Sullinger came to OSU as a highly decorated recruit. During his two-year career at OSU, Sullinger was the 2010-11 Big Ten and National Freshman of the Year and a two-time first-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection. Sullinger was 64-10 in his career at OSU and finished with 1,281 points and 717 rebounds.
Trevor Thompson (right) talks with OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Thompson announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State April 13.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSeniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies.After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson.Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules.Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye Show Me Love #BuckEyeNation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Thompson tweeted from his personal account, @TrevBallinTrey2, at 1:29 p.m. April 13.During 2013-14, Thompson started 11 times for Virginia Tech, averaging five points and 4.7 rebounds per game.“Trevor has proven he is capable of competing at our level,” Matta said in an OSU press release. “He will be a very athletic big man for us. We are looking forward to having Trevor in our program.”Last season, OSU finished ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin, only grabbing 0.3 more boards per game than their opponents, and the Buckeyes are likely to benefit from Thompson’s ability on the glass.With the Buckeyes’ top two centers from last season, juniors Trey McDonald and Amir Williams, entering their final year of eligibility next year, Thompson is set to join David Bell, a member of the 2014 recruiting class, as one of only two centers on the roster.