Ohio State Basketball Is Loaded, but Buckeyes May Have a Secret Weapon
I'm greedy. I admit it. I'm never satisfied, and I always want more.
Thad Matta may have the best squad he has ever fielded at Ohio State. It's debatable if this is his most talented team (Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daequan Cook were all first round draft picks after all), but it is most certainly his deepest.
With four starters returning from last year's team that went 29-8 (winning the Big Ten and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen) and a bevy of super freshmen led by Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft, this team has the talent and depth to wreck havoc in the Big Ten and the NCAA Tournament later this season.
But I want more.
Watching the veterans and freshmen eviscerate North Carolina A&T last night to the tune of 102-61 was satisfying, but it was three words that coach Thad Matta uttered after the game that made me raise an eyebrow:
"We'll take him."
Coach Matta was referring to Ohio State football superstar Terrelle Pryor. Pryor, one of the most electric football players in the country, had recently taken to Twitter to let the world know that he still thinks about playing basketball. Coach Jim Tressel gave Pryor his blessings on Dan Patrick's radio show so long as he keeps his grades up.
While Pryor was recruited predominantly as a football player out of high school, he was also a blue chip basketball prospect while leading his high school basketball team to a state championship. A quick scan on YouTube will reveal that the 6'6" 240-pound Pryor had an array of spectacular dunks, vicious blocks and steals while playing as a forward in high school.
Could Pryor legitimately make an impact on a basketball team that is already loaded with talent and would have already played at least one game in conference play by the time his football season is over?
The answer seems to be an unquestionable yes. A basketball team can never have too much depth, and a 6'6" 240-pound power forward with blazing speed and ridiculous hops in the open court would be a fantastic addition to pair with fellow 6'6" forward Deshaun Thomas coming off of the bench.
Perhaps this is all just a silly little dream and Pryor will never lace up his sneakers after taking off his cleats this year, but it's always fun to dream when a season is still so young.
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