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Old 06-09-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Discussion of OSU's Jared Sullinger return to school for sophomore season

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Sullinger's attitude is in line, it appears, with that of North Carolina's Harrison Barnes. The two freshmen aren't being pulled by the money or the draft position. They want to win. And there's a good chance they'll be competing throughout the season for national player of the year honors.

For that to happen, Sullinger and the Buckeyes will have to keep up with the loaded Tar Heels (and Kentucky) in the national title chase. Sullinger's supporting cast might not be as deep or heralded as those other two powerhouses, but having shooting guard William Buford, point guard Aaron Craft and wing Deshaun Thomas in a much more contributing role makes the Bucks the overwhelming Big Ten favorites and a lock to be in the top five nationally in the preseason polls.

Having former Boston College forward Evan Ravenel eligible and the addition of McDonald's All-American center Amir Williams means Sullinger will be used more facing the basket.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore-to-be said he'll have some surprises in the fall, making reference to his face-up game. OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said the Buckeyes will use Sullinger a little differently at times next season with the additions up front. His body is starting to trim down to a leaner 275 with 13 percent body fat, according to Boals. Satch Sullinger had Jared's weight at 262. Whatever the case, clearly Sullinger is working on cutting down his weight.
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Default Re: Discussion of OSU's Jared Sullinger return to school for sophomore season

Your final paragraph is the key imo.

Sullinger has to be in far better shape to be the player people seem to think he can be. Guys without elite athleticism...and I don't think even his staunchest supporters consider him very athletic...can't afford to carry the extra weight he does.

This off season will be very telling. I tend to be wary of teenagers that aren't in top shape. More often than not, that's a sign of lack of discipline, bad eating and workout habits, etc. But Sullinger appears to be a good kid, so it may just be that he hasn't had to be in his best shape to dominate the competition he's faced.
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Definitely needs to lose some weight and get more athletic. He's probably strong enough, but faster, quicker, springier.
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