Thad Matta is quietly doing a fantastic job of keeping Ohio State a perennial power not just in the Big Ten, but in all of college basketball.* Adding McDonald’s All-American‘s Shannon Scott and Amir Williams to the fold next season will only add to the Buckeye’s core and once again make them one of the top teams in the country.
Ohio State has built the reputation as Big Man U. the past few seasons with Greg Oden, Kosta Koufus, and B.J. Mullens all being one-and-done’s to the NBA.* Jared Sullinger could have joined that group this summer but instead chose to return to Columbus for his sophomore season.
That lineage of successful big men is part of the reason the Buckeyes landed highly-touted 6-10 center Amir Williams of Detroit Country Day School in Michigan.* “I just fell in love with the program,” Williams stated at the MAA media day. * “It was between them and Florida and I just felt their system would fit a big man like me.* Coach Matta does a really good job of putting his big guys in the NBA.”