Home Is Where the Heart Is: Jared Sullinger's Impact As An Ohio State Buckeye

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 23: Jared Sullinger of Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio speaks at the Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Award Banquet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on March 23, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jared was the Boy's winner for the 'Naismith High School Player of the Year.' (Paul Abell/Getty Images for Naismith Award)
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This upcoming season the Ohio State men's basketball team will possess a one of a kind talent. Columbus, Ohio's own Jared Sullinger will be dawning the scarlet and gray this season.

Sullinger is a throwback player compared to the big guys who play the post today. Sullinger has great fundamentals and he uses his strength and high basketball IQ to dominate opponents.

Being from Columbus, when you hear the last name Sullinger, you automatically think of basketball. Similar to when hearing the last name Bush you think of politics.

The Sullinger basketball tree starts with Jared's father Satch Sullinger who is the head basketball coach at Northland High School. From then on you have J.J. who played at Ohio State, Julian who played at Kent State and now you have Jared that will be playing for Ohio State this season.

Ohio State Buckeye fans are in for a treat this season. Sullinger will have an immediate impact on the court this season. With the lost of "Mr. Everything" Evan Turner, many experts are predicting the Bucks to falter a bit.

The Buckeyes will suffer from the loss of Turner, but with the addition of Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas, JD Weatherspoon, Aaron Craft and Jordan Seibert, teaming up alongside Buckeye veterans such as Lighty, Buford, Lauderdale and Diebler, the Bucks will be one of the deepest teams in the country.

The Buckeyes have not had a legitimate offensive post threat since Terrence Dials. Yes, Greg Oden averaged 15 points while playing for the Bucks, but he didn't have a strong offensive skill set.

Sullinger is a winner on all levels. His teams dominated the AAU circuit and he won a state championship during his junior year. The winning will also continue in college. I don't know if Sullinger will stay at Ohio State for more than two seasons, but when you see that No. 0 with the name Sullinger on the back of it expect hard work, dedication and class.

Being coached by his father in high school, Sullinger will have no problem responding to Thad Matta demands.

When the level of competition, raises his game. This past year he won the Co-MVP in the McDonald's All-American game and dominated Kentucky signee Enus Kanter in the USA-World Games this past spring. There is no task too hard for Sullinger.

Some of his backyard battles with his brothers may be his biggest challenges. The Big Ten is normally a physical conference that plays strong D and controlled tempo on offense.

Well, I hope Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo and Tom Crean are ready this season, because this is the style of play that Sullinger thrives off of.

As of now Terrelle Pryor is the king of campus with the Buckeye football team being No. 1 in the country and headed for a National Championship run, but after football season the fans in Columbus will be rooting for hometown hero Jared Sullinger and the Bucks.