Feb. 17, 2012
Full Preview Press Conference
Feb. 18, 2012
No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-4, 10-3) at No. 17 Michigan Wolverines (19-7, 9-4)
Site: Crisler Center (12,271)
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Talent: Dan Shulman (Play by Play)
Jay Bilas (Expert Analysis)
Erin Andrews (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
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Sullinger, Buford nearing 600 rebounds
Jared Sullinger and William Buford each are within three rebounds of reaching 600 for their respective careers. Sullinger, in 61 games played, has 598 boards for an average of 9.8 a game. Buford has played 132 games and has 597 rebounds (4.5 rpg). A total of 17 Ohio State players have recorded 600 or more rebounds in their careers. Jerry Lucas owns the Ohio State record with 1,411 career rebounds over three seasons (1960-62). The last player to reach 600 as a Buckeye was Evan Turner with 683 from 2008-10.
Craft Improves Offensive efficiency
In the last 10 games, sophomore Aaron Craft is shooting a team-high (those with 10+ minutes per game) 55 percent from the field (27-49) to average 8.7 ppg. He also has made more free throws than field goals over the last 10 outings (28-37/.757). Defensively, Craft is second in steals with 17 thefts behind Jared Sullinger (19) over the last 10 games. Craft leads the team with 38 assists and a +2.1 assist (38) to turnover (18) ratio. In Big Ten games this year, Craft leads Sullinger by one in assists (23-22). Sullinger is shooting slightly better from the field at 54.4 pct. (86-158) to Craft's 53.8 pct (.35-65). As a team, Ohio State is shooting 73 percent from the foul line (206-284) with all five starters making at least 70 percent from the line.
USBWA Names Sullinger to Watch List
The United States Basketball Writers Association named Jared Sullinger to a list of 20 student-athletes in consideration for the 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy, given annually to the organization's national player of the year honoree. The award will be presented March 30 in New Orleans. The USBWA selected Sullinger as its Wayman Tisdale Award winner in 2011. The award recognizes the national freshman of the year.
SULLINGER PACES BUCKEYES AT HOME
Sophomore Jared Sullinger averages a double-double in games played this season in Columbus. He contributes a team-leading 17.4 points and 10.2 rebounds a game on Ohio State's home court. He also is leading the regulars by scoring on 55 percent of his shots from the field (103-186). Senior William Buford averages 15.6 points and has made 88 percent of his foul shots on familiar turf (44-50). Sophomore Deshaun Thomas is the third Buckeye averaging double figures at home with 13.4 points per game. Ohio State is outscoring opponents by 23.3 points per game with an 8.2 rebounds per game advantage in Columbus.
Academics and Athletic Awards for Craft
Sophomore Aaron Craft was selected to the Academic All-District 5 First Team Feb. 2. He now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Craft is majoring in excercise science (pre-med) with a GPA of 3.89. Craft also is among 11 remaining candidates for the Bob Cousy Award after the list was trimmed from an initial pool of 60 candidates. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. This current list of candidates will be narrowed down to the final five by March 1. Craft currently leads the Buckeyes in assists (116) and steals (54).
The Buckeyes vs. The Ranked
Ohio State leads the nation in wins vs. opponents ranked among the Top 25 with five victories in eight tries this season. The Buckeyes own wins vs. No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Duke, No. 7 Indiana, No. 20 Michigan and No. 19 Wisconsin. Losses have come to No. 13 Kansas, No. 13 Indiana and No. 11 Michigan State. The Buckeyes have four players, all starters, averaging in double figures in games vs. ranked opponents. Jared Sullinger leads with 17.4 ppg. He is joined by William Buford (13.6 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (13.0 ppg.), Aaron Craft (11.4 ppg.). Lenzelle Smith Jr. contributes 9.3 ppg.Sullinger (9.0 rebounds per game) and Smith Jr. (6.0 rpg.) lead the team on the glass. The Buckeyes outscore ranked foes by 5.3 points per game and own the edge on the boards by 2.3 rpg. Notre Dame, Missouri and Michigan State (6) also have five(+) wins vs. Top 25 teams this season.
Matta Earns Another 20-Win Season
For each of the last 12 seasons, all as a head coach, Thad Matta has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Only Mark Few, among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career (13). Matta set the Ohio State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record and extended it this year (22-4), the eighth-consecutive Ohio State season with 20+ victories. The previous record was four held by the 1960-63 teams under legendary head coach Fred Taylor. The Buckeyes also own the second-longest streak of 20-win seasons (8) in Big Ten history. Illinois owns the record with nine from (1983-1991). Matta also has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last seven seasons. That effort eclipsed Taylor's mark of 10+ league wins in each of the seasons from 1960-64. Those were during 14-game regular-season slates. The Big Ten played a 16-game schedule in Matta's first three seasons (8, 12, 15 league wins) and an 18-game schedule the last five (10, 10, 14, 16, 10). Ohio State is the two-time defending Big Ten regular-season champion. The last time the Buckeyes won three or more consecutive titles was from 1960-64, a string of five-consecutive conference crowns.
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/>BUFORD AMONG FINALISTS FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Ten NCAA men's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The winner of the fan vote will be announced at the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans. To vote for Buford visit go.osu.edu/Vote4Buford.Matta Coaches Game 400Thad Matta
has a career record of 314-92 (406 career games) over 12 years as a head coach, which includes a 212-60 record in eight seasons at Ohio State. Matta coached for one season at Butler and three at Xavier before taking over the Ohio State program for the 2004-05 season. In his time with the Buckeyes, Matta has four Big Ten regular season titles and three Big Ten tournament crowns. The Buckeyes have been to five NCAA tournaments with Matta at the helm. He has taken nine teams to NCAA tournament play and won the 2008 National Invitational Tournament with Ohio State.Buford Reaches 100 Wins as a Buckeye
Senior William Buford
reached career win No. 100 as a Buckeye at Iowa Jan. 7. David Lighty
(2007-11) holds the Ohio State record for wins with 129. Walk-ons Mark Titus
and Danny Peters
were part of Ohio State's program for 110 victories over their careers (2007-10). The four-year record for victories by scholarship players was originally set by Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger from 2005-08 with 105. The 2009 team had 107 wins from 2006-09 but there were no four-year seniors on that squad.Wins Seniors Yr.-by-Yr.
129 David Lighty (2007-2011) 35,24,7,29,34
110 Danny Peters, Mark Titus
109 Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale
(2008-11) 24,22,29,34107 William Buford (2009-12) 22,29,34,22
107 None (2006-09) 26,35,24,22
105 Jamar Butler, Matt Terwilliger (2005-08) 20,26,35,24
The Buckeyes in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in both scoring offense (75.8 ppg.) and scoring defense (57.1 ppg.) after a 22-4 overall start. Ohio State's scoring margin of 18.7 ppg. leads the league while the .481 field goal shooting pct. rates in the No. 2 spot. Led by Jared Sullinger, Ohio State is among the Top 2 teams in rebounding offense (36.7 rpg., No. 2) and defense (29.7 rpg., No. 2). Overall, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.0 rpg.). Behind Aaron Craft, Ohio State is No. 1 in turnover margin (+5.4) and No. 2 in steals (7.7 spg.). Sullinger is No. 3 in scoring (17.6 ppg.) and No. 2 in rebounding (9.2 rpg.). Craft leads the league in steals (2.3 spg.) and is third in assists (4.7 apg.).
100 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrates 100 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men's basketball in 2012. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 99 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 19 Big Ten regular-season titles with 23 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and nine trips to the Final Four. Eight former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while nearly 50 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 22 in the first round.
Ohio State vs. Michigan
Ohio State owns the lead in the all-time series vs. Michigan 91-71, though trails 26-52 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State has won the last six overall and 15 of the last 17 in the series. As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 33-4 vs. Michigan. When the Wolverines are ranked, Ohio State is 13-22 vs. Michigan. When both teams carry an Associated Press Top 25 ranking into the game, Ohio State is 5-2. Ohio State has won the last 12 games vs. Michigan as a ranked team. The last time both teams were ranked at the same time was earlier this season in Columbus, a 64-49 win for the Buckeyes when Ohio State was ranked fourth and Michigan was No. 20. The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 6, while Michigan comes in at No. 17. In 11 of the last 15 games in which Ohio State has entered the game ranked, the Buckeyes have been among the Top 5 nationally. In four games vs. Michigan, Jared Sullinger averages 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. Senior William Buford has faced Michigan nine times snf averages 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Over the course of the all-time series, Ohio State averages 62.7 points, just 1.7 points more than Michigan (61.0).
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State is 734-665 vs. current members of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes are playing their 100th season of Big Ten Basketball this season.
OSU vs. The Big Ten
Illinois 64 100
Indiana 75 100
Iowa 70 73
Michigan 91 71
Michigan State 51 59
Minnesota 79 55
Nebraska 6 2
Northwestern 110 45
Penn State 28 12
Purdue 77 83
Wisconsin 83 65
Totals 734 665
The Third to 200 as a Buckeye
Two previous coaches have reached the 200-win plateau at Ohio State. Thad Matta became the third with the 74-66 win at South Carolina Dec. 17. Fred Taylor recorded 297 career victories from 1959-1976 while also earning 158 Big Ten Conference regular-season victories. Harold G. Olsen tallied 259 all-time wins from 1923-46. He accumulated 154 Big Ten victories. Matta has 212 wins as a Buckeye over eight seasons with 95 wins in Big Ten regular-season play. His winning percentage of 77.7 overall and 71.4 in conference play are tops among the 13 head coaches in Ohio State history.
NCAA Stats Update (as of 2/12/12)
Ohio State rates among the Top 10 in several NCAA statistical categories after 26 games. The Buckeyes are No. 2 in scoring margin (+19.1 ppg.), No. 4 in turnover margin (+5.3) and No. 7 in scoring defense (56.7 ppg).
Ohio State at No. 6 in AP Poll
Ohio State is No. 6 in the Associated Press poll released Feb. 6. The Buckeyes are 20-8 all-time as the No. 6-ranked team in the AP poll and 36-31 when both teams are ranked in the Top 15. In the most recent poll seven Buckeyes' opponents are among the Top 25.
Buford 17th to Reach 1,500 Career Pts.
With 23 points against VMI Nov. 23, senior William Buford surpassed 1,500 career points to become the 17th Buckeye in history to reach that mark. Over 132 career games, Buford has averaged 13.7 points for a total of 1,823. He also became the 23rd player all-time to reach both 1,000 points and the 500-rebound mark (597) with five boards vs. Duke Nov. 29. Jared Sullinger is the latest (24th all-time) on the 1,000/500 chart after scoring 24 points to reach 1,000 points at Wisconsin Feb. 4. He has 1,058 career points and 598 career rebounds.
Sullinger Moving up Career Double-Double Charts
Sophomore Jared Sullinger has recorded at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in 11 games this season for a career total of 29. He tied the Ohio State freshman record with 18 double-doubles a season ago. His career total is 11th all-time. Through 26 games, Sullinger is averaging 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds a game. He tallied 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game as a freshman.
Noting the Minnesota Game (Feb. 14)
The Buckeyes move to 79-55 all-time vs. Minnesota and 30-37 in Minneapolis.
As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 25-3 vs. the Gophers, including 12-1 in their last 13.
The win was the fifth consecutive for Ohio State over. Minnesota.
The Buckeyes are 53-15 vs. Minnesota when scoring more than 70 points. They are 25-13 when scoring between 70-79 points.
Ohio State moves to 734-665 overall in the Big Ten, including a 68-19 record at Value City Arena.
They are 43-8 in their last 51 Big Ten matchups, dating back to 3/8/09.
As a ranked team, Ohio State is 417-112 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 296-63.
Ohio State has won 14 of its last 15 vs. unranked opponents on the road.
As the Associated Press No. 6 team, Ohio State is 20-6 overall.
Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State. So far this season, seven Buckeyes have scored in doubles figures a total of 84 times.
In their last 81 games, the Buckeyes are 73-8.
This is the 288th-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
The starting lineup of Buford, Craft, Smith, Jr., Sullinger and Thomas is 20-3 this season.
The Buckeyes have now amassed 163 assists in the Big Ten while only allowing 123 from their opponents. For the season, Ohio State has 401 assists, while its opponents only have 240. Ohio State went 22-28 from the free-throw line. They now have attempted 579 free throws this season, while only allowing its opponents to attempt 384 from the stripe. The margin is 284-198 in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes went on a 20-0 run to extend their lead to 32-12 lasting until the 6:51 mark in the first half, for six Minnesota turnovers during that span.
Thad Matta's career record moves to 314-92 overall and 212-61 at Ohio State.
With the win, Matta moves to 112-44 in the Big Ten during his career.
Matta now has a 9-5 record record vs. Minnesota, all at Ohio State.
Matta is 3-4 at Minnesota.
Matta's .777 winning percentage at Ohio State is the best among Big Ten coaches since Matta became the Buckeyes' head coach in 2004.
Matta's .714 conference winning percentage is best of any Big Ten coach in history, edging Bo Ryan (.713) and Bob Knight (.700)
Ohio State is 37-17 in February under Coach Matta.
The Scarlet and Gray are 130-19 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponent, including 19-2 this season (OSU outrebounded Minnesota, 37-32).
The Buckeyes are 178-19 overall and 20-1 this season when leading at the half.
Ohio State is 197-5 under Matta when leading with five minutes to play, including 22-0 this year.
Ohio State is 18-2 this season and 146-13 when scoring 70 or more points in a game under Matta. The Buckeyes are 19-3 this season and 180-48 under Matta when limiting themselves to 15 or fewer turnovers. Ohio State had nine turnovers vs. the Gophers.
The Buckeyes were plus-14 in second chance points (20-6).
The start was Buford's 124th donning the Scarlet and Gray, passing Ken Johnson (123) for fourth place in career games started at Ohio State. He is one start away from tying David Lighty (125) for third all-time.
Buford has been a part of 107 wins at Ohio State, which is sixth all-time.
Buford is just the fourth Buckeye in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. Buford's current totals are 1,823/597/338.
Buford scored a game high 24 points for the Buckeyes, improving his career total to 1,823, 56 behind Michael Redd (1,879) for fifth place in Ohio State scoring history.
Buford has now scored 963 points in the Big Ten. He is currently the second highest active scorer in the Big Ten.
Buford had eight rebounds to push his career total to 597. He is one of 24 former Buckeyes in the prestigious 1,500 point and 500 rebound club.
Buford became the fifth player in Ohio State history to join the 400 (made field goals) and 4,000 (minutes played) Club. After the Minnesota game, Buford has now tallied 688 made field goals and 4,271 minutes played in 132 career games (J. Diebler, D. Lighty, J. Butler and H. Williams are the other Buckeyes to achieve this feat).
Buford had five assists in the game for a career total of 338.
The 10 made field goals tied a career high (6X, last vs. Purdue, 2/7/12).
Buford has scored in double figures 21 times this season and 99 times in his career, including 61 games with at least 15 points.
Buford has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season and 21 times in his career.
With 10 made field goals, Buford now has 688 for his career, passing Jim Jackson (686) for sixth all-time in Ohio State history. He is 11 behind Michael Redd (699) for fifth.
Buford scored the first seven points for Ohio State on 3-3 shooting in the first 1:48 of the game (Buford only had four points in his previous game connecting only on two field goals vs. Michigan State).
Jared Sullinger had 23 points for the Buckeyes. It is the 23rd time this season and 57th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
With 23 points, Sullinger added to 1,000 point club total (1,058). He is one of seven total players in Ohio State history to score at 1,000 or more points in two years.
Sullinger had eight rebounds, pushing his career total to 598.
Deshaun Thomas finished with 12 points. It is the 33rd time in his career he has scored in double figures and 22nd time this season.
Thomas has scored in double figures in 22 of the Buckeyes 26 games this season.
Craft had five assists to push his season total to 121 and his career total to 298.
Craft is now two assists away from reaching 300 for his career.
Craft had a season high six steals. He has 132 for his career. He has had at least one steal in 24 of 26 games this season. It is the 11th time he has had at least three in a game this season.
It is the fourth time in his career he has had at least six steals vs. a Big Ten opponent and first time this season (7 vs. Iowa, 1/19/11; 6 at Purdue, 2/20/11 and vs. Indiana, 2/27/11).
Lenzelle Smith, Jr. posted seven rebounds vs. the Gophers. It was the second consecutive game he has had seven. It is the eighth time this season he has had seven or more and fourth vs. a Big Ten opponent.
400 And 4,000 Club
Senior William Buford has scored 688 career field goals and logged 4,271 career minutes in 132 games. He joined a small group of former Buckeyes with more than 400 field goals and 4,000 minutes played. David Lighty was added to an exclusive club following the game vs. Illinois Jan. 22, 2011. The former Buckeye reached 4,000 minutes played with more than 400 field goals in the Illinois win in Champaign. Lighty made 516 career field goals and logged 4,582 career minutes during his 157-game career. Lighty's classmate Jon Diebler had 473 made baskets (374 of which are 3s) while playing a total of 4,687 minutes in 144 games. He reached 400/4,000 with a triple and 36 minutes vs. Iowa Jan. 19.
Herb Williams and Jamar Butler also logged 4,000+ minutes at Ohio State. Williams made 834 career field goals over 114 games and 4,216 minutes. Butler connected on 420 FGs (242 3FGs) over 139 games and 4,213 minutes played.
Buford Joins Turner, Jackson, Lighty
Evan Turner (1,517 pts., 682 rebs., 414 asts.) became just the second player in recorded history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists with eight helpers vs. Northwestern Jan. 19, 2010. Jim Jackson was the only other Buckeye to do so with 1,785 career points, 552 career rebounds and 372 career assists from 1990-92. David Lighty joined the duo last season. He finished with 1,458 points, 577 rebounds and 374 assists to his credit. Only 22 players in Ohio State history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500+ rebounds. Lighty was added to the list with five rebounds vs. Iowa Jan. 19. William Buford currently has 1,823 points, 597 rebounds and 338 assists. He handed out four assists vs. Miami (Ohio) to join the quartet.
Double Digit 3s
Ohio State has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 79 times since the shot was instituted for the 1986-87 season. The Buckeyes are 68-11 in those games after knocking down 10-of-20 treys vs. Northwestern Dec. 28. Opponents have made double-digit 3s 93 times and are 37-56 in those games vs. the Buckeyes. Matta's Ohio State teams are 53-9 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Opponents are 9-30 against Matta-coached teams when making 10 or more treys.
Jent Returns to Ohio State Sideline
Chris Jent left the professional ranks to return to his alma mater as an assistant basketball coach. Jent, who played and coached at the NBA level, played for the Buckeyes from 1988-92 and coached most recently for the Cleveland Cavaliers. As an Ohio State player, he helped the Buckeyes to back-to-back Big Ten titles and three-consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament. He spent 10 seasons in the professional ranks overseas, in the CBA and NBA. He was an assistant and interim head coach with the Orlando Magic before most recently coaching with the Cavaliers.
Buford Working on Record Season
William Buford is the lone senior on the Ohio State roster this season. In fact, he is just one of two upperclassmen and the only player with more than a year of experience in an Ohio State uniform. After transfer Evan Ravenel, who transferred to Ohio State from Boston College and sat out the 2010-11 campaign, there are 11 freshmen (5) and sophomores (6) on the Ohio State roster. Buford has 1,823 career points over 132 career games (13.8 ppg.). Dennis Hopson (1984-87) is the all-time leading scorer in Ohio State history with 2,096 points over 125 career games played (16.8 ppg.). Buford is currently No. 6 spot on the Ohio State all-time scoring list.
Paulus Leaves Navy to Work for Matta
Greg Paulus, who served as an assistant coach at Navy during the 2010-11 season, joined the Buckeyes last May to handle the program's video needs. He replaced Kevin Kuwik, who left Thad Matta's staff to become an assistant coach at Dayton. Paulus played basketball at Duke from 2006-09 and then a year of football at Syracuse.
Titles Mounting for Matta, Buckeyes
Thad Matta's teams have won four Big Ten regular-season titles and three league tournament crowns during his seven-year tenure at Ohio State. Ohio State has won each of the last two regular-season and tournament titles. The Buckeyes have not posted three-consecutive Big Ten Conference crowns since winning a conference record five-consecutive titles from 1960-64 under the direction of head coach Fred Taylor. Taylor led Ohio State to seven league championships from 1959-76. Harold G. Olson win five Big Ten titles as coach between 1923-46.
Scott, Williams Add to Ohio State's 17-Player McDonald's List
Ohio State incoming freshmen Shannon Scott and Amir Williams were selected Feb. 10, 2011 to represent the East (Scott) and West (Williams) teams in the 2011 McDonald's All-America game. The game was played March 30 at the United Center in Chicago. Scott led both teams with five steals. The East won the game 111-96. Scott also had four points, two rebounds and two assists over 12 minutes. Williams had six points, three rebounds and a steal in 11 minutes for the West squad. The Buckeyes will have five All-America game participants on their roster in 2011-12 in Jared Sullinger (2010), Deshaun Thomas (2010), William Buford (2008), Scott and Williams. Four McDonald's All-Americans were a part of Ohio State's 2006-07 squad that finished 35-4 overall, 15-1 in Big Ten Conference play, won the league regular-season title outright and played for the NCAA national title vs. Florida in April of 2007. Ivan Harris (2003), Greg Oden (2006), Mike Conley Jr. (2006) and Daequan Cook (2006), all former McDonald's All-Americans, played for the Buckeyes in 2006-07. Previously, B.J. Mullens (2008), Kosta Koufos (2007), Clark Kellogg (1979), Perry Carter (1987), Treg Lee (1987), Jim Jackson (1989), Charles Macon (1992) and Greg Simpson (1992) all played for Ohio State after playing in the McDonald's All-America game before joining the Ohio State program, a total of 17 all-time.
Five Mr. Basketball Honorees on Ohio State Roster
Ohio State's contains four players who have combined to win five Mr. Basketball awards in their respective home states. Jared Sullinger leads the team with two Mr. Ohio Basketball accolades, achieving the distinction both in 2009 and 2010, while playing at Northland High School. Deshaun Thomas, a native Fort Wayne, Ind., and Bishop Luers High School, captured Mr. Indiana Basketball in 2010. Senior William Buford claimed 2008 Mr. Ohio Basketball with his performance at now-closed Libbey High School in Toledo. Freshman Shannon Scott brings the recognition of being named 2011 Mr. Georgia Basketball to Columbus after starring at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga. Freshman Amir Williams finished third in the 2011 Mr. Michigan Basketball voting.