Williams Pledge Huge for Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes were in desperate need of a post who could contribute right away. They got their man in Amir Williams.

The nation looked on Tuesday evening as Ohio State behind the play of a strong post presence in Jared Sullinger beat the Florida Gators. On Wednesday afternoon another impressive post player gave the Buckeyes a win over the Gators when Amir Williams selected Ohio State.

While it is too early to say for sure, especially considering the NBA labor unrest, that any current college player will be a one and done, Sullinger's 26 point and 10 rebound performance against the Gators put him as close to that category as humanly possible.

Making the not too far out on a limb prediction that Sullinger's time in Columbus will be very short, landing a post presence was key for Ohio State. Before Williams' commitment to the program, Ohio State's only players on the roster taller than 6-foot-6 heading into next season were scheduled to be Evan Ravenel and Trey McDonald.

Ravenel is a transfer from Boston College who averaged 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Eagles, and McDonald is seen as more of a long term prospect than an immediate impact guy. With that the need for Williams was clear in Columbus.

Williams isn't going to be the offensive force that Sullinger has proven to be right away, but at 6-foot-10 with big time athleticism, he will be an instant impact defender at the college level from day one to go along with being solid on the offensive end.

Because of that, it is fair to assume that Williams will be the starting center for the Buckeyes during game one next season.

This addition shores up the frontcourt of a team that could very possibly only have one, and at most have two, upper classmen on the entire roster in 2011-12. Without Williams, Ohio State would have been exclusively reliant on perimeter scoring, and it would have had to come from freshmen and sophomores who wouldn't have been put in that role at any point in time at the college level.

Now Ohio State will have a legitimate post presence with athleticism and skill that they can throw the ball to. Williams joins Shannon Scott, McDonald, Sam Thompson, and LaQuinton Ross to make up a five man class that will rank easily in the top 10 in the country, and probably in the top five.

For Florida this is a loss, but not necessarily a crippling one. Though the Gators would still like to have another key post like Williams, they will return a key contributor in Erik Murphy as well as very promising freshman Patric Young. Also Florida will be able to look to contributions from Cody Larson and Will Yeguete on the interior.

At the end of the day Ohio State knew they needed Williams, and they were indeed able to land him. While they will still be very young next season, the Buckeyes now have to feel much better about their chances to compete in the paint in the Big Ten.


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