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Matta Does It Again

By: Alex Callos

Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is once again in line to have one of the best recruiting classes in the country with his 2010 incoming recruits. With players leaving early Matta has to find a way to keep the talented recruits coming in and this class certainly has the players to rival his class from ‘06 led by Greg Oden and Mike Conley.

Columbus’ own Jared Sullinger headlines the latest Matta recruiting class. Sullinger is the younger brother of former Buckeye J.J. Sullinger and is rated as one of the top five players in the country. At 6’8” and over 260 pounds, Sullinger will be a force down low and is the overall top high school center in America. He is clearly the pride of the incoming class and attends Northland High School in the Columbus area.

Other names headlining the list include forward Deshaun Thomas from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Thomas is rated one of the top 20 prospects in the country and in the top five at the power forward position. Just down Interstate 71, Matta was able to find sharp shooter Jordan Sibert out of Princeton High School in Cincinnati. Sibert is listed as one of the top six or seven shooting guards in the country and after Sullinger is as good a player as there is in Ohio. Rounding out Matta’s class is point guard Aaron Craft from Findlay, Ohio and small forward Lenzelle Smith from Zion, Illinois. Craft and Smith are both in the top 25 at their respective positions.

Don’t look now, but these five recruits could make up the new ‘Thad Five’. With all five potential top 100 players, it is certainly possible they could take the Buckeyes farther than the original ‘Thad Five’ took them. Who knows, on April 4, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas this group of young Buckeye freshmen could be cutting down the nets and celebrating the first Buckeye National Championship in over 50 years.