We’re about ready for another installment of The Basketball Tournament to tip off. The team is full of former Thad Matta players, so it got us thinking who are the best all-time players Matta coached? It’s the first of a series of pegging the best of the most recent Ohio State coaches.
Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Thad Team
In case you missed the news, the tournament that pays out $2 Million to the winning team is about to embark on another rendition for 2018. And with it, the team titled Team Scarlet & Gray is chocked full of former Thad Matta players, including the recent additions of Greg Oden and Jared Sullinger.
Matta had an unbelievable run in Columbus until things went downhill late, so we decided to pick the best five players for an All Thad Team. It wasn’t easy choosing from so many great ones, and many will likely disagree, but we gave it our best anyhow.
Michael Conley, Jr.
A point could be made here for Aaron Craft, and in fact Mark Russell did indeed go with Craft over Conley, but both Phil and Terry felt the kid from Lawrence North was the more dynamic player in a one-year run. He was thought to be a packaged deal when high school teammate Greg Oden committed to the program, but Conley ended up being the key player in Ohio State’s run to the national title game in 2006-07.
That year, the 6-1, 181 lb. Conley led the Big Ten in assists (6.1 pg), chipped in 11.3 points per game, and shot over 50% from the field which is almost unheard of from the point guard position. He finished the year as a first team All-Big Ten selection and opted for the NBA Draft after his freshman season.