December 6, 2005

OSU B-Ball Preview

The serious college basketball fan should try to catch the game between Indianapolis Lawrence North and Dayton Dunbar, this Thursday Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. It's an opportunity to see three of the top 15 high school seniors in the country. For Buckeye basketball fans however, it's "must see TV", since all three high school stars are committed to attend Ohio State in the Fall of 2006.

Lawrence North features the consensus No. 1 high school player in the country, 7-foot center Greg Oden, and one of the top ranked point guards in the land, 6' 1" Mike Conley.

Oden gets raves from everyone for his defensive and shot-blocking prowess. He had seemed ticketed for the NBA before the 20 year-old minimum rule came in this year. In fact, many scouts had projected him as the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Playing for Dunbar will be 6' 5" shooting guard Daequan Cook, a top five overall player in his own right, and Oden and Conley's teammate on a championship AAU squad.

I know, there are only a few isolated fanatics out there who will care about this high school basketball game. But I also know that some of them are among the few isolated readers of this blog. So set the TIVO, or something.

More Buckeye Stuff...

The 2006 Buckeye recruits of Thad Matta are filled out by 6"9" power forward Othella Hunter, a promising junior college kid who will come in with freshman eligibility, and 6"5" swingman David Lighty of Cleveland St. Joseph, another elite player who is coming off an ACL surgery. The "Thad Five" as they are (sadly) coming to be called, will be joining an already solid team, and it's not too early to be dreaming of a Matta powerhouse for the next several years. The NBA may pluck Oden early, but Matta is a recruiting beast who is keeping the talent coming.

He looks like a good bet to land Solon's 6' 9" Dallas Lauderdale and Canton Glen Oak's Kosta Koufos, a 7-footer, both currently juniors, for the class of 2007. All the top programs in the country are coming after these two talented big men, but I trust Matta to close on the Ohio guys based on his track record so far. Sharp-shooting guard Jon Diebler of Upper Sandusky is already committed for 2007, and Matta has two commitments for the class of 2008 already, in SG Walter Offut of Indianapolis, and big man B.J. Mullens from Columbus. The program is in good hands.

Oh yeah, and the 2005 version doesn't look too bad either. More on this year's Bucks soon.

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Posted by dan at December 6, 2005 2:15 AM