2012 Preseason All-Big Ten (Coaches/Media 2012 Preseason Top 50 Wooden Award 2012 Preseason Naismith Award 2012 Preseason Player of the Year (Big Ten, CBSSports.com, USBWA) 2012 Preseason All-American (AP, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, Blue Ribbon, Basketball Times, USBWA, ESPN.com) 2011 Naismith Award Finalist 2011 Wooden Award Finalist 2011 Sporting News Freshman of the Year 2011 USBWA First Team All-America 2011 Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year 2011 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player 2011 Big Ten All-Tournament Team 2011 NABC District 7 First Team 2011 Big Ben Freshman of the Year Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Nov. 15, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7) Big Ten Player of the Week (Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 24)
AN OVERVIEW Jared Sullinger took the college basketball world by storm as a freshman with his size, strength and efficiency in the paint. He is a menace down low and does not hesitate to throw his body around and be physical when playing inside, although he also boasts the skills and footwork of a player much smaller than he.
In addition to sound fundamentals imparted by his high school coach and father, the All-American forward boasts levels of patience and confidence that belie his youth. Sullinger is able to alter his game and work with a mid-range jumper as opposing defenses have adjusted their game plans.
A finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards a year ago, Sullinger enters 2011-12 as an early favorite for both. He has slimmed down in the offseason, dropping 25 pounds since the end of last year, through a rigorous training regime.
AS A FRESHMAN (2010-11) Started all 37 games, averaged team-leading totals of 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game ... scored in double-digits in 34 of 37 games and had 18 double-doubles Led the Big Ten in total boards (377) and offensive (131) In Big Ten play, averaged 17.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, the latter of which was second among conference players Established OSU freshman scoring record (40), two of top three scoring outings at Value City Arena (40/30) and tied for most second-most rebounds by a rookie (19) Earned six-consecutive Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, 12/6/10-1/10/11, and 11 total, as well as four conference Player of the Week awards With 635 points this season, became the 29th Buckeye all-time to score more than 500 points in a season ... also is in second-place all-time for points by a freshman
Notable Games in 2010-11 Had a game-high 21 points, including a 7-of-9 performance from the free throw line, and 16 rebounds in the East Regional Semifinal vs. Kentucky (3/25/11) Scored 18 points with eight boards in win over George Mason in the NCAA Third Round (3/20/11) Posted 17th double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State (3/13/11) Tallied 16th double-double with 14 points and 13 boards against Michigan (3/12/11) Scored team-best 20 points, including 16-of-18 from the free throw line, and 18 boards to record 15th double-double in win over Northwestern (3/11/11) Scored 22 points with eight boards in win over Wisconsin (3/6/11) Scored a team-high 25 points with six rebounds at Purdue (2/20/11 Recorded 10th double-double by tallying game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes in win over Michigan (2/3/11) Went for 29 points and eight boards in 38 minutes at Northwestern (1/29/11) Scored 17 points, including three off second trey of the season, and tallied seven rebounds in win over Purdue (1/25/11) Named Big Ten Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the week after averaging a double-double last week in wins against Iowa and No. 23/22 Illinois ... scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Ohio State's win over the Illini, finishing with averages of 20.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg Put up seventh double-double of season with 24 points and 12 boards at Iowa (1/4/11) ... took career-high 20 field-goal attempts vs. Hawkeyes Claimed league's freshman of the week honor for the fifth time Dec. 20 after averaging 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds vs. Florida Gulf Coast and South Carolina ... Produced 30 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the South Carolina (12/18/10) victory Turned in 40-point performance vs. IUPUI (12/9/10), while also tallying 13 boards in 37 minutes Posted game high-tying 26 points and 10 rebounds, while adding a pair of assists and steals against Florida (11/16/10) ... first player since Herb Williams to open rookie season with back-to-back DDs. With 19 points and 14 boards against North Carolina A&T, became first player to earn a double-double in first game as Buckeye since Herb Williams on 11/25/77. First freshman to start season opener since Kosta Koufos and Jon Diebler in 2007-08. One of six freshmen to see first minutes in a Buckeye uniform vs. North Carolina A&T (11/12/10); all six tallied at least two points.
PRIOR TO OHIO STATE Was rated by most major recruiting publications as the No. 1 player at his position and one of the Top 3 high school players nationally as a senior in 2010 Earned numerous honors in his HS career, including: 2010 McDonald's All-American, 2010 High School Naismith Award winner, 2010 Jordan Brand High School All-American and the 2010 Parade Magazine Player of the Year Was the first Ohioan to be named PARADE Player of the Year since current NBA superstar and three-time All-American LeBron James in 2002 and 2003 Averaged 24.5 points and 11.7 rebounds as a senior, becoming the first Columbus, Ohio-area player to win the Naismith Award Was the Co-MVP of the McDonald's All-American game along with Harrison Barnes (North Carolina). Scored a game-high 22 points with seven rebounds in the game played at Value City Arena in Columbus March 31, 2010 Twice named Ohio's Mr. Basketball (2009, 2010), he is only the fifth player to win the state's top award twice and joins three-time winner LeBron James and two-timers O.J. Mayo, Greg Simpson and Jimmy Jackson as multiple winners of the award As a senior, averaged 24.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2.4 assists game while shooting 78 percent from the field, 38 percent on 3-pointers and 77 percent at the line Led Northland to a regular-season Associated Press poll title. The Vikings were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today national rankings before an upset loss to unbeaten Gahanna Lincoln in a regional championship game last March As a junior, averaged 19.9 points and 14.8 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the field for a team that won the AP's regular-season poll and then followed up by winning the Ohio State championship. Sullinger's high school team finished 23-1 as a senior, 27-1 junior, 21-1 as sophomore and 24-1 as a freshman The Buckeyes have the last four Ohio Associated Press Mr. Basketball honorees on its current roster: Diebler (2007), Buford (2008), Sullinger (2009, 2010). Other former Buckeyes to be named Ohio's Mr. Basketball include: Jimmy Jackson (1988, 1989), Greg Simpson (1991, 1992), Damon Stringer (1995), Tony Stockman (2000) and Jamar Butler (2004) Finished his high school career with 1,910 career points and more than 1,200 rebounds ... other honors include 2010 First Team All-State and 2010 AP Player of the Year in Ohio, 2009 First Team All-State and AP Player of the Year, 2008 Third Team All-State Son of Barbara and "Satch" Sullinger and the youngest behind brothers Julian and James "J.J." Sullinger. James
Sullinger's Career Bests Points 40, vs. IUPUI (12/9/10) Rebounds 19, vs. South Carolina (12/18/10) Assists 5 (2x), last vs. Penn State (1/15/11) Blocks 3 (2x), last vs. Penn State (3/13/11) Steals 3, vs. UTSA (3/18/11) Minutes 45, vs. Northwestern (3/11/11) FGs 13, at Florida (11/16/10) FGA 20, at Iowa (1/4/11) 3FGs 1 (2x), last at Wisconsin (2/12/11) 3FGA 2, vs. South Carolina (12/18/10) FTs 16 (2x), last vs. Northwestern (3/11/11) FTA 23, vs. IUPUI (12/9/10) Off. Reb 8, vs. Northwestern (3/11/11) Def. Reb 14, vs. South Carolina (12/18/10)