COLUMBUS, OH – According to a ESPN report, Ohio State sophomore forward/center Jared Sullinger will announce his decision to forgo his junior season and declare for the 2012 NBA Draft at a news conference at 2:15 p.m. ET at Value City Arena in Columbus.
Sullinger, a 6’9, 265-pound forward from Columbus, Ohio, would average 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds a game for the Buckeyes during the 2011-12 season. Sullinger would average 17 points and 8.8 rebounds during the Buckeye’s Final Four tournament run.
Sullinger would score 13 points and 11 rebounds on 5-of-19 shooting during Ohio State’s 64-62 loss to eventual runner-up Kansas, 64-62 in the national semifinals down in New Orleans.
With a combination of size, interior rebounding and the ability to back down defenders in the low post, Sullinger is projected to go in the top 10 of the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft to the Utah Jazz at No. 9.
If there are a couple of areas that Sullinger may need to improve on before the draft is his lack of elite athleticism, his inability to run the floor and the need to improve his consistency in his mid-range game.
Sullinger’s weight could also become an issue in the NBA as he did drop from 280 in his freshman year to his current weight of 265 and looked much more trimmer in 2011-12 for the Buckeyes, but will need to do a much better job of maintaining it and also improve his mental and physical conditioning at the next level.
Whichever team lands Sullinger will get a player who has a solid motor down low, a tough post defender who is capable of getting quality rebounds and a solid free throw shooter—for a big man—as Sullinger would shoot 76.8%
Sullinger would see his averages drop in both minutes from his freshman season from 31.7 to 30.4, and his field-goal percentage would also drop from 54.1 percent to 51.9 percent, whether this is by design, or coincidence, Sullinger should look to play big minutes for his prospective NBA, but will have to improve his shooting at the next level.
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