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RaptorsFan4Life 03-27-2011 02:34 AM

Jared Sullinger says he will return

NEWARK, N.J. -- Here, then, Ohio State fans is your silver lining: Jared Sullinger says he is coming back.

Sitting in the Ohio State locker room following the top-seeded Buckeyes' 62-60 loss to Kentucky, the freshman said he would not be entering his name for the NBA draft and would return for his sophomore season.

"I'm going to be an Ohio State Buckeye next year," he said. "This isn't why I came here, to come in here and see my seniors in here crying. I came here to win a national championship."

Plenty of people make pledges in the rubble of an emotional loss only to change their mind later, when the sting and suddenness of the season fades and the promise of the NBA looms.

Sullinger, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds in his final game of the season, insists that won't happen.

"I'm a man of my word," Sullinger said. "I don't change my word and no one changes it for me. This is what I want."

Sullinger said he made the decision following the game, but coach Thad Matta said it's the message Sullinger has been sending to him all season.

"Oh he's been telling me that all along," Matta said. "And I believe it. He told me, draw me up a contract, whatever you need to do. I believe him when he says it."

Sullinger, who averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds, was the Big Ten freshman of the year.

Dana O'Neil is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
Jared Sullinger vows he will return to Ohio State - ESPN

Chiggmo 03-27-2011 02:38 AM

Good luck to em. Sure this will make R&B fan happy ;)

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 03-27-2011 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by Chiggmo (Post 523992)
Good luck to em. Sure this will make R&B fan happy ;)

Very happy. I would have traded a National Championship this year for him to go pro but since we didn't win it I am very happy to see him come back and try to do it again(if he keeps his word). Jared comes from a great family and all Ohio State fans said if there was ever a top 5 pick player to return to school....it would be Jared.

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