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Tag:Jared Sullinger
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Jimmer still leading POY straw poll

The results of the latest AnnArbor.com National Player of the Year straw poll are now available.

They reflect the exact ballot I turned in yesterday.
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Nolan Smith (Duke)
Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) round out the top five.

Click this link to see all of the results.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:50 am
 

My current top three for POY

I just submitted my top three National Player of the Year candidates for the AnnArbor.com straw poll.

Here's what I sent Mike Rothstein:
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Nolan Smith (Duke)
The results of the straw poll will be announced later this week.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Fredette leads POY straw poll

The results of the latest AnnArbor.com National Player of the Year straw poll are now available.

They reflect the exact ballot I turned in yesterday.
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
Nolan Smith (Duke) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) round out the top five.

Click this link to see all of the results.
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:11 pm
 

My current top three for POY

I just submitted my top three National Player of the Year candidates for the AnnArbor.com straw poll.

Here's what I sent Mike Rothstein:
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
The results of the straw poll will be announced later this week.
Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:59 pm
 

That's 20 down, 20 to go for OSU

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ohio State's win over Illinois here at Assembly Hall early Saturday pushed the Buckeyes' record to 20-0 overall, 7-0 in the Big Ten. Let the record show that I'll be shocked if anybody catches them in the league standings, but I'm not ready to talk perfection just yet.

Could OSU do it?

Sure, I guess.

I mean, the Buckeyes are halfway there already, and Jared Sullinger is awesome. But Ohio State still has road games at No. 14 Purdue, No. 15 Minnesota and No. 18 Wisconsin, and I can't imagine anybody -- Duke, Pittsburgh, the Miami Heat, anybody -- going 3-0 on those games. Beyond that, I just watched Kansas lose at home for the first time since February 2007. And if KU can lose at home, anybody can lose at home.

In other words, the odds remain stacked against perfection.

But 38-2 with a national title?

Yeah, I could see that.
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:38 am
 

UConn's Walker POY leader, according to poll

AnnArbor.com's Mike Rothstein is conducting a National Player of the Year straw poll for the third straight season.

Fifty-five writers submitted ballots with their top three choices.

My ballot looked like this:
  1. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
That's also how the top three of the straw poll look.

Click this link to check it out.
Posted on: December 18, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2010 6:04 pm
 

Sullinger from 30 feet? It's good!

Now the kid is banking 30-footers.

Ridiculous.

So I guess it's time to add "makes insane jumpers at the end of halves" to the list of things Jared Sullinger can do, and it might be getting easier to just make a list of things he can't do. Like play point guard. I'm still operating under the belief that Ohio State's sensational freshman cannot play point guard. He seems too big. But at this point, who could say for sure? Sullinger has done pretty much everything else through 10 games this season.

Ohio State dominated South Carolina on Saturday.

The Buckeyes won 79-57.

It was another impressive performance from the team that seems most likely to challenge Duke. But the story, more than anything else, was once again Sullinger -- OSU's 6-foot-9 forward who scored 34 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and finished the first half with a 30-footer that must've had South Carolina coach Darrin Horn looking for a white towel to toss on the court. I mean, have we really reached the point where Sullinger has to be guarded out to 30 feet? If so, forget about it. Because we already know he can't be handled within 10 feet, and good luck keeping him off the boards.

Sullinger is now averaging 18.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season.

He's already been named the Big Ten Player of the Week twice.

He's been the league's Freshman of the Week four times.

Those numbers should move to three and five when the league announces this week's winners. Odds are they'll go to four and six next week because, well, Sullinger is tremendous. Just tremendous. And though I'm not ready to call him completely unstoppable quite yet, I sure haven't figured out a way to stop him. Best I can tell, neither has anybody else.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:18 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 3:50 am
 

Sullinger has skipped the usual adjustment period

Now do you see why I named Jared Sullinger a First Team Preseason All-American?

And the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year?

And the nation's top big man?

The Ohio State freshman made 13 of 17 shots to finish with 26 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 93-75 victory at Florida, and he more than lived up to the "monster" label Billy Donovan bestowed upon him last weekend. It was the type of early performance against a quality opponent that'll have the nation now clamoring for more Sullinger, and it's precisely why I never hesitate to hype the elite freshmen before they ever officially play a college game.

I didn't need to see Sullinger wear an OSU jersey to know he was going to be awesome. I saw him in an All-Ohio Red jersey two summers ago, knew it then and wrote these words: "[Sullinger] is a big-bodied, true post presence who should dominate the college game from the moment he enrolls at Ohio State." So far, Sullinger has done exactly that. He's averaging 22.5 points and 12 rebounds through two games for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, and I'm not revisiting all this to highlight how right I was (OK, fine, that's partly why I'm revisiting all this) as much as I'm revisiting all this to remind readers for the fifth consecutive year that the best freshmen will forever be among the nation's top players as long as the NBA age-limit is in place.

Get used to it.

Stop fighting it.

And cease talking about barely existent adjustment periods.

Yes, there is an adjustment period for most freshmen, perhaps even 99 percent of them. But the truly unique talents -- Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, etc., -- don't have to adjust much at all. They just have to enroll and start dominating.

Sullinger is the latest example of such a talent.

But rest assured, he won't be the last.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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