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Report: Jared Sullinger leaving Ohio State, will enter NBA draft

Apr 4, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

Ohio State Buckeyes' Sullinger celebrates a basket as Syracuse Orange's Christmas follows behind during the first half of their men's NCAA East Regional basketball game in Boston

It wasn’t terribly unexpected, but now it appears to be certain.

Andy Katz of ESPN is reporting that Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger will leave the Buckeyes and enter his name into the NBA draft.

Ohio State has scheduled a press conference for 2p.m. today to announce the move.

Sullinger averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season for Ohio State, while being named a First Team All-American. The Buckeyes lost in the Final Four to Kansas, a game in which Sullinger struggled, going 5-for-19 from the floor for 13 points, which will prove to be his last game at the collegiate level.

He was originally expected to leave for the NBA draft last season, but an impending lockout kept him and some other lottery-worthy names in college for another season. Coming back for his sophomore year, Sullinger dropped a significant amount of weight and put up similar numbers as he did in his freshman season.

He is expected to be a Top 10 pick.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. general74 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:20 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 struggles against kansas and michigan state the only 2 teams ohio state really played this year with size and he struggles 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.

  2. latchbeam - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Struggled against Michigan State??

  3. latchbeam - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    He will be drafted top 7… He can score from anywhere and will no longer be double teamed nearly every game. He will be a beast!!!

  4. kungfubillysims - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    yes latchbeam he did struggle against Michigan State. Did you not watch any of the 3 games they played?

  5. latchbeam - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    He averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds in those 3 games against constant double teaming… so, yeah, I watched.

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