Ranking OSU’s Rookies: Freshmen Assault the Record Book

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Sully's crew is putting up some mad freshman numbers, comparable to some of the best players in school history.

For all the talk about the “Thad Five” freshman class of 2007, it may be the 2010-11 rookies who leave the biggest mark on the OSU record books. As of now, current Buckeye freshmen are penciling their names in among the school’s all-time best first-year players in 11 seasonal and 10 single-game categories.

The highlight of these has been Jared Sullinger’s 40-point game against IUPUI on Dec. 9. It was the highest point total ever for an OSU freshman, but Sullinger also posted other impressive numbers in that game. Sully set OSU rookie marks for free throws made (16) and attempted (23), and his seven offensive rebounds tied for the 7th-most by an OSU frosh. Sullinger’s current scoring average (18.0) is second only to Michael Redd’s 21.9 points per game set back in 1998. Sully is climbing the freshman season charts for points (currently seventh, with 395), field goals made (10th, with 139), free throws made (3rd, 115), and rebounds (6th, 218). His current rebounding average of 9.9 per game would be second all-time among first-year OSU players and his field goal percentage (.577) would be fourth.

Sullinger has the second most rebounds in a game by an OSU frosh, with his 19 boards against South Carolina (tied with Greg Oden). But Sully topped Oden’s OSU freshman mark of 13 defensive rebounds in a game, twice, with 14 against the Gamecocks in December and at Illinois on Jan. 22. When it’s all said and done, Sullinger should finish in the top five in OSU freshman scoring, field goals made, and field goal percentage. He should set a new freshman mark for free throws made, and could end up with the season scoring, rebounding and rebound average marks.

Point guard Aaron Craft already holds the OSU freshman record for steals in a game, poaching seven balls against Iowa on Jan. 19. The previous mark was five, accomplished several times, most recently by Mike Conley Jr. in 2007 at Minnesota. Craft posted the third highest single-game assist total by an OSU rookie, with nine in his debut against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 12, 2010. Damon Stringer’s 11 back in 1995 is the record, followed by a string of 10-assist performances by Conley and a few others.

Craft's name will be all over the freshman records in the OSU media guide next season.

Craft sits eighth in the race for most steals in a season, but should finish at least third and possibly second. Ten more steals would tie him with Evan Turner’s 47 from 2008. He could catch Michael Redd’s 61 but is unlikely to best Conley’s season record of 87. Craft already has the fourth most assists by an OSU freshman, with 106. He should have no problem passing Jim Jackson (110) and Stringer (125) but Conley’s 238 will prove beyond reach unless Cheese goes absolutely insane with the dishes. Craft is also threatening Jamaal Brown’s OSU freshman mark for 3-point percentage. Shooting threes at a .435 clip, Craft could best Brown’s .468 mark set in 1989. Conley put up some mad numbers that Craft may not reach, but his career arc may end up making much more of an impact.

Not wanting to be left out, Deshaun Thomas is eyeing William Buford’s rookie free throw percentage mark. Tank is hitting his freebies at an .841 clip, hovering just below Buford’s record of .849. If Thomas can get to the line and knock down his free throws, Buford’s mark is within fairly easy reach.

Here’s a look at how Sully, Craft and Thomas currently rank among the all-time freshman greats at Ohio State (Note: totals should go up, while averages/percentages will likely fluctuate):

SEASON RECORDS

Points
1. 658 Michael Redd (1998)
2. 534 Kosta Koufos (2008)
3. 501 Greg Oden (2007)
4. 482 Jim Jackson (1990)
5. 452 Herb Williams (1978)
6. 441 Mike Conley Jr (2007)
7. 395 Jared Sullinger (2011)
8. 382 Daequan Cook (2007)
9. 372 William Buford (2009)
10. 335 Clark Kellogg (1980)

Scoring Average
1. 21.9 Michael Redd,1998, 658 pts
2. 18.0 Jared Sullinger, 2011, 395 pts
3. 16.7 Herb Williams, 1978, 452 pts
4. 16.1 Jim Jackson, 1990, 482 pts
5. 15.7 Greg Oden, 2007, 501 pts
6. 14.4 Kosta Koufos, 2008, 534 pts
7. 13.1 Kelvin Ransey, 1977, 327 pts

Field Goals Made
3. 196 Herb Williams (1978)
4. 194 Jim Jackson (1990)
5. 189 Greg Oden (2007)
6. 160 Mike Conley Jr. (2007)
7. 149 Kelvin Ransey (1977)
8. 142 William Buford (2009)
9. 141 Daequan Cook (2007)
10. 139 Jared Sullinger (2011)

Field Goal Percentage (FGM-FGA)
1. .638 B.J. Mullens, 2009 (120-188)
2. .623 Terence Dials, 2002 (86-138)
3. .616 Greg Oden, 2007 (189-307)
4. .577 Jared Sullinger, 2011 (139-241)
5. .569 Jermaine Tate, 1996 (115-202)
6. .540 Perry Carter, 1988 (129-239)
     .540 Jay Burson, 1986 (75-139)

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 15 made)
1. .468 Jamaal Brown, 1989 (22-47)
2. .435 Aaron Craft, 2011 (20-46)
3. .415 Daequan Cook, 2007 (54-130)
4. .405 Chris Jent, 1989 (15-37)
5. .378 Greg Simpson, 1993 (28-74)
6. .361 William Buford, 2009 (43-119)
7. .358 Alex Davis, 1990 (38-106)

Free Throws Made
1. 130 Michael Redd (1998)
2. 123 Greg Oden (2007)
3. 115 Jared Sullinger (2011)
4. 100 Mike Conley Jr. (2007)
5. 84 Troy Taylor (1982)
6. 77 Ron Stokes (1982)
7. 73 Jim Jackson (1990)
      73 Shaun Stonerook (1996)

Free Throw Percentage (FTM-FTA)
1. .849 William Buford, 2009 (45-53)
2. .841 Deshaun Thomas, 2011 (37-44)
3. .816 Ken Page, 1978 (71-87)
4. .809 Derek Anderson, 1993 (72-89)
5. .797 Clark Kellogg, 1980 (63-79)
6. .785 Jim Jackson, 1990 (73-93)
7. .778 Troy Taylor, 1982 (84-108)

Most Rebounds
1. 308 Herb Williams (1978)
2. 306 Greg Oden (2007)
3. 247 Kosta Koufos (2008)
4. 237 Perry Carter (1988)
5. 232 Clark Kellogg (1980)
6. 218 Jared Sullinger (2011)
7. 194 Michael Redd (1998)

Rebounding Average
1. 11.4 Herb Williams (1978)
2. 9.9 Jared Sullinger (2011)
3. 9.6 Greg Oden (2007)
4. 8.0 Clark Kellogg (1980)
5. 7.2 Perry Carter (1988)

Assists
1. 238 Mike Conley Jr. (2007)
2. 125 Damon Stringer (1996)
3. 110 Jim Jackson (1990)
4. 106 Aaron Craft (2011)
5. 104 Troy Taylor (1982)
6. 98 Evan Turner (2008)
7. 95 Kip Lomax (1986)
     95 Mark Bayless (1975)

Steals
1. 87 Mike Conley Jr. (2007)
2. 61 Michael Redd (1998)
3. 47 Evan Turner (2008)
4. 43 Derek Anderson (1993)
5. 41 Damon Stringer (1996)
6. 39 Jim Jackson (1990)
7. 38 Shaun Stonerook (1996)
8. 37 Aaron Craft (2011)

SINGLE GAME RECORDS

Field Goals Made (attempts)
1. 14 (18) Herb Williams vs. CS-Hayward, 11/25/77
2. 13 (17) Jared Sullinger at Florida, 11/16/10
13 (17) Jermaine Tate vs. CCSU, 11/26/95
3. 13 (22) Michael Redd vs. USC, 12/20/97

Field Goal Percentage (Min. 10 made)
1. .923 (12-13) Greg Oden vs. Iowa, 1/20/07
2. .765 (13-17) Jared Sullinger at Florida, 11/16/10
     
.765 (13-17) Jermaine Tate vs. CCSU, 11/26/95
4. .750 (12-16) Jim Jackson vs. Iowa, 1/6/90
      .750 (12-16) Jim Jackson vs. Illinois, 2/26/90

Free Throws Made (Attempts)
1. 16 (23) Jared Sullinger vs. IUPUI, 12/9/10
2. 13 (15) Jared Sullinger at Illinois, 1/22/11
3. 12 (12) Ken Page vs. Northwestern, 2/25/78
4. 11 (14) Michael Redd vs. South Florida, 12/6/97
5. 10 (12) Evan Turner vs. UMBC, 12/29/07
     10 (10) Ron Stokes vs. Wisconsin, 3/4/82
     10 (12) Troy Taylor vs. Florida, 12/22/81

Free Throws Attempted (Made)
1. 23 (16) Jared Sullinger vs. IUPUI, 12/9/10
2. 16 (9) Michael Redd vs. Michigan State, 2/4/98
3. 16 (8) Michael Redd vs. Penn State, 2/28/98
4. 15 (13) Jared Sullinger at Illinois, 1/22/11
15 (8) Fred Poole vs. Evansville, 12/22/75

Offensive Rebounds
1. 9 Greg Oden vs. Purdue, 3/10/07
     9 Perry Carter vs. Old Dominion, 3/16/88
3. 8 Kosta Koufos vs. VMI, 11/25/07
     8 Greg Oden vs. Coppin State, 12/30/06
     8 Perry Carter vs. Central Michigan, 1/2/88
     8 Jermaine Tate vs. Penn State, 1/3/96
7. 7 Jared Sullinger vs. IUPUI, 12/9/10
    
Numerous others with 7

Defensive Rebounds
1. 14 Jared Sullinger at Illinois, 1/22/11
14 Jared Sullinger vs. South Carolina, 12/18/10
3. 13 Greg Oden vs. Tennessee, 1/13/07
     13 Jon Sanderson vs. Toledo, 12/3/97
5. 12 Jared Sullinger vs. UNC-Asheville, 12/21/10
    
12 Greg Oden at Northwestern, 1/24/07

Total Rebounds
1. 22 Herb Williams vs. Marshall, 11/28/77
2. 19 Jared Sullinger vs. South Carolina, 12/18/10
19 Greg Oden vs. Purdue, 3/10/07
4. 17 Herb Williams vs. Iowa, 1/7/78
5. 16 Jared Sullinger at Illinois, 1/22/11
    
16 Jared Sullinger vs. UNC-Asheville, 12/21/10
    
Numerous others with 16

Assists
1. 11 Damon Stringer vs. CCSU, 11/26/95
2. 10 Mike Conley Jr. vs. VMI, 11/10/06
     10 Mike Conley Jr. vs Indiana, 1/2/07
     10 Mike Conley Jr. vs. Northwestern, 1/17/07
     10 Mike Conley Jr. vs. Iowa, 1/20/07
     10 Mike Conley Jr. at Minnesota, 2/18/07  
     10 Mike Conley Jr. vs. Penn State, 2/21/07
     10 Mark Bayless vs. Michigan State, 1/6/75
     10 Ron Stokes vs. Iona, 11/27/81
     10 Michael Redd vs. Toledo, 12/3/97
11. 9 Aaron Craft vs. NC A&T, 11/12/10
      Numerous others with 9

Steals
1. 7 Aaron Craft vs. Iowa, 1/19/11
2. 5 Mike Conley Jr. at Minnesota, 2/18/07
     5 Mike Conley Jr. vs. Youngstown St, 11/24/06
     5 Mike Conley Jr. vs. VMI, 11/10/06
     5 Ron Stokes vs. Michigan, 2/28/82
5. 4 Evan Turner vs. Mississippi, 4/1/08
     Numerous others with 4

Total Points
1. 40 Jared Sullinger vs. IUPUI, 12/9/10
2. 30 Jared Sullinger vs. South Carolina, 12/18/10
     
30 Michael Redd vs. Southern California, 12/20/97
4. 29 Greg Oden vs. Iowa, 1/20/07
     29 Michael Redd vs. Northwestern, 2/21/98
6. 28 Michael Redd vs. Penn State, 2/16/98
     Numerous others with 28

(Sorry about the huge data dump, but interesting stuff, no?)

Mike Conley Jr. and Greg Oden are all over the OSU freshman record book.

A quick count shows that the names of Sullinger, Craft and Thomas appear 28 times on this list, while Oden, Conley and Cook appear 30 times, but there is still a lot of basketball to be played this year. It will be interesting to follow the careers of these three freshmen. Who knows how many years we’ll see each of them. It seems likely that we’ll get to keep Sully-Craft-Thomas longer than we did Oden-Conley-Cook, and of course we’re still reaping the benefits of David Lighty. Recent stories subtly hint that even Sullinger may be back for at least one more year. Regardless of how many years they play, Craft, Thomas and Sullinger are already leaving behind their names among the best players to ever don the scarlet and gray.

 

Written by: Michael Citro | full bio

Michael is Director of OHD's Shooty Hoops Program, as well as an OSU grad and progressive rock enthusiast.

 

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