Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore of Shooting Guards

Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore of Shooting Guards

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Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore of Shooting Guards


We’re going through each position group in Ohio State basketball to mine for the four best in Buckeye history. We are on to the shooting guard position.


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Ohio State Basketball Mount Rushmore Of: Point Guards

Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes’ Mount Rushmore of Shooting Guards

Every great basketball team needs guards that can handle the ball and act as a scoring threat when all else breaks down. Ohio State has had its fair share of great guards, some of which have been named national players of the year and others that should have probably gotten more recognition nationally than they did.

Here’s the top four guards in Ohio State history as judged by our staff at Buckeye Wire.

Jimmy Jackson (1989-1992)

Jackson is one of the most beloved figures in Ohio State basketball history. He was one of the most ballyhooed recruits ever to come to Columbus when he made his way to campus in 1989. He didn’t disappoint.

The 6-6 shooting guard was plugged into the starting lineup as a true freshman, averaging 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game straight-out-of- the-box.

Jackson would go on to make first-team All-American his sophomore and junior years, and was named the UPI National Player of the Year in 1992.

Ohio State retired his No. 22 in 2001.

Evan Turner (2008-2010)

Perhaps no player during the Thad Matta era improved more than Evan Turner. To hear the former head coach tell the story, he had to threaten to throw Turner out of practice at times before he finally got things under control and learned to temper his emotions.

At 6-7, Turner could create his own shot and often put the team on his back. He averaged just 8.5 points per game his freshman year, but that jumped to 17.3 his sophomore year.

In Turner’s senior season, he led the team in points (20.4), rebounds (9.2), assists (6.0) and steals (1.7) on his way to being named National Player of the Year.

Ohio State retired his No. 21 in 2016, just six years after his last game in Columbus.

Dennis Hopson (1983-1987)

How can we leave the program’s all-time leading scorer out of the top four shooting guards?

After finding his sea-legs the first two years of his career, Hopson found his confidence and scoring prowess his last two years in Columbus — amassing a program record 2,096 points total for his career.

He averaged 20.9 points his junior year, and boosted that up to 29 points during his senior season.

Michael Redd (1997-2000)

Redd came to Ohio State as a local product and became a struggling team’s major scoring option immediately his freshman year in 1997 — averaging 21.9 points per game.

He earned MVP honors of the team three-straight years, helped the team make a Final Four run and made first team All-Big Ten his junior season.

Redd left Ohio State as the fifth all time leading scorer in Ohio State history and was inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

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