(NEW YORK) — Even though it comes as a little surprise, Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger will forgo his junior year and enter this year’s NBA draft according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.
Sullinger had two very productive seasons at Ohio State, and helped lead the team to the Final Four this past season. During his time at Ohio State, Sullinger was a consistent front court player on both sides of the floor. This past season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. During the NCAA Tournament, Sullinger averaged 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
He is also the first player since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansborough to be named an AP All-Ameircan in back-to-back seasons, and the first to do it as a freshman and sophomore since LSU’s Chris Jackson in 1989 and 1990.
Many thought Sullinger would leave school after his freshman season, but because of the lockout, he decided to stay in school. He did little to hurt his draft stock, as many draft experts project Sullinger as top-10 pick in the upcoming draft.