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Jared Sullinger

Scouting Report

The star power forward chose to return to school for his sophomore season and posted similar numbers in 2011-12, averaging 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, while his blocked shots per game rose to 1.1 from 0.5. A dominant scorer in the paint and a relentless rebounder as well, he helped Ohio State to a 30-7 record. Sullinger's post-up game and developing offensive versatility - he went 16 for 40 (40 percent) from 3-point range last season - should have most teams salivating at the prospect of building their roster around him. He is a polished back-to-the basket scorer and uses his bulk and powerful lower body to get excellent position on the block and keep it. Sullinger has good hands and a high basketball IQ, and he plays with a high motor and some edge. Despite all his positive qualities, though, several negatives might give pause for some teams drafting in the lottery. Sullinger is somewhat undersized for his position, and that drawback is compounded by the fact that he's not an explosive player who lives above the rim - a weakness that was on display in the Buckeyes' NCAA regional final game against Kansas on March 31. Overmatched inside by Jayhawks 7-footer Jeff Withey, who finished with seven blocks, Sullinger shot 5 for 19 and scored 13 points in the 64-62 loss. Potential employers will have to hope that won't be a nightly occurrence for Sullinger against the big interior players he will face in the NBA. His conditioning may also raise some red flags, as he's struggled with fitness in the past. However, Sullinger's elite offensive skills and advanced post game - something in high demand at the next level - virtually guarantee that he'll be a top-10 pick.

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