Why It Makes Sense
Jared Sullinger spent just two years in Columbus, but they were two fantastic and memorable ones. Often playing with his back to the basket, he used his wide, 6-foot, 9-inch frame to pull down rebounds and position himself around the rim, then used his great footwork and soft touch to finish scoring opportunities.
And it didn’t take Sullinger long to make an immediate impact. He had nineteen points and fourteen rebounds in his OSU debut and went on to average a double-double with 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds his freshman season.
Despite being a lock as an NBA lottery pick, Sullinger surprised many by coming back for his sophomore year where he put up similar numbers while dealing with some back issues.
He led Ohio State to the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament in 2010 (losing to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen), and to the Final Four in 2011 where the Buckeyes lost to Kansas in the national semifinal.
He was a consensus two-time first-team All-American.