One of college basketball’s best young talents, Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger, has apparently already stated that he intends to return for his sophomore season in Columbus next year. Sullinger stated that “Winning is that important to me, I don’t like losing”, so he presumably sees an opportunity for Ohio State to contend for a national title next year if he returns. I would have to agree with Sullinger, as Ohio State is bringing in 4 ESPN Top 100 recruits next year in PG Shannon Scott, C Amir Williams, SF Sam Thompson and SF LaQuinton Ross, to play alongside a hungrier, presumably more refined Sullinger and I’d say that’d make them the clear favorite to win next year.
That being said, don’t be surprised if Sullinger gets over this melancholy in a couple of weeks when he realizes he’s a consensus top-five pick in the NBA draft this year. That means millions. That means a realization of lifetime dreams.
Where I stand on this issue, I’m not really sure. I absolutely LOVE when guys elect to stay in college, because that means, as a fan, I get to see that much more of a great player before he gets shipped off to the basketball Serbia that is Minnesota, or Cleveland, or Sacramento. But I can’t fault a guy for leaving a system that clearly exploits him, in order to strike it big as a lottery pick (I do truly LOAATTHHHEEE, however, when mid-to-late first round picks decide to leave early, OMAR COOK!).
Kudos to Sullinger if he ultimately decides to return to Columbus next season. I’d do the same fuckin thing. Shit, you know how much pussy these dudes get on campus? Do you know how much fanfare and stardom they get? They’re literally celebrities on campus. I know, because I went to school 10 minutes from UConn, and I witnessed first-hand as troves of bitches and even dudes threw themselves at Rudy Gay, Hasheem Thabeet, Jeff Adrian, shit, even Gavin Edwards, every time they went out to campus parties. Hell yes I’m gonna name drop, fuck, I even stood side-by-side with Rudy at a party he was at after having already spent a year in the league with the Grizzlies (“Yeah, it’s cool down there man, chill place”, his response to my inquiry of how he likes Memphis). It was unbelievable. The amount of free shit they get from their peers definitely monetarily surpasses any money they’d get from an agent. I don’t think a single D1 college basketball player has ever bought a beer on campus, let alone a cup at a keg party. College is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and the experience just gets magnified when you’re a member of a prominent athletic team, and even more if you’re its’ nationally renowned superstar.
Put your cups up here, for the snatch-chasin, party-crashin, frat-cravin, Columbus college boy for putting the money on hold in favor of priceless times.
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