Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore Of Forwards

Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore Of Forwards

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Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore Of Forwards


We’re going through each position group in Ohio State basketball to mine for the four best in Buckeye history. Now it’s time to look at a very deep and talented pool of forwards that have come through Columbus.


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Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes’ Mount Rushmore of Forwards

Now we’re talking. It’s not like you have to struggle to find All-American type players at the guard positions at Ohio State, but when we start to compare the forwards that have spent time in Scarlet and Gray, we start to get into your iconic players that have even had Hall of Fame type success beyond the college game.

There’s a lot of great players at the forward position to choose from, but we’re game to try and figure this thing out. If you don’t agree, or would like to join in the on the conversation/debate, you can contact us on Twitter and give it a spin.

Here’s your four all-time players that would go on the Mount Rushmore of Ohio State forwards.

Jerry Lucas (1960-1962)

There is little doubt who the best Ohio State basketball player of all time is. Lucas was LeBron James before James was even thought of, it was just so much before social media and 24/7 media coverage, that there wasn’t quite as much hype like what you see today.

Also, the exploits of Lucas are prior to many Buckeye basketball fans of today’s day and age were alive, so it’s easy to be somewhat out of site out of mind.

But make no mistake about it — Jerry Lucas is an all-timer in college, and also a part of the NBA Hall of Fame who led Ohio State to its only national championship in 1960.

He was a three-year starter in Columbus (freshman were ineligible in his time) and was arguably the most dominant college player in the game during those three years.

Over his career, Lucas averaged 24.3 points and a ridiculous 17.2 rebounds per game, all while shooting 62.4% from the floor. He was voted national player of the year in both his junior and senior seasons, and is a member of both the college and pro basketball Hall of Fames.

His No. 11 hangs in the rafters at Ohio State.

John Havlicek (1960-1962)

If not for being overshadowed by the larger than life Jerry Lucas, Havlicek may very well be known as the icon of OSU basketball.

He also starred as a forward alongside Lucas on the same teams that went to three-straight national title games (winning it in 1960) during the golden era of Buckeye Basketball.

“Hondo” was a two-time all Big-Ten pick and a first team All-American as a senior in 1962. He is 26th on the all-time scoring list and could even rebound a little — averaging 8.6 per game.

For as good as he was in college, he is probably more recognized for what he did during the Boston Celtics dynasty, where he was a perennial all-NBA performer with eight NBA titles to his credit.

He is also a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball and Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jared Sullinger (2010-2012)

Jared Sullinger spent just two years in Columbus, but they were two great ones. He used his wide, 6-9 frame to pull down rebounds and position himself around the rim, then used his great footwork and soft touch to finish scoring opportunities.

And it didn’t take Sullinger long to make an immediate impact. He had nineteen points and fourteen rebounds in his OSU debut, and went on to average a double-double with 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in year one.

Despite being a lock as an NBA lottery pick, Sullinger surprised many by coming back for his sophomore year where he put up similar numbers while dealing with some back issues.

He led Ohio State to the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament in 2010 (losing to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen), and to the Final Four in 2011 where it lost to Kansas in the national-semifinal.

He was a consensus two-time first-team All-American.

Clark Kellogg (1997-2000)

You may know him today as one of the lead basketball analysts on CBS, but prior to that, “Special K” was a star for three years at Ohio State before he deciding to go pro after his junior season.

His stats could probably have been even better if he’d not had to share some of the scoring and rebounding load with one of the great all-time OSU centers during his first two years. He actually led the team in scoring (17.3) and rebounding (12.0) his sophomore year despite Herb Williams dominating the middle.

For his three years, Kellogg averaged 14.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, made all Big-Ten twice, and was the team and conference MVP in 1982.

He is still a great OSU ambassador to this day.

 

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