Stockman Happy To Have New Home At OSU

Although J.J. Sullinger made a big splash in OSU's exhibition opener, another transfer -- Tony Stockman -- also came up big with 17 points in his first game in an OSU uniform. We got a chance to talk with Stockman about his role with the Buckeyes.

J.J. Sullinger wasn't the only big-name transfer to debut against Coaches vs. Cancer last week.

Shooting guard Tony Stockman, a transfer from Clemson, also made his Value City Arena debut last Friday. As predicted, the 6-1 Stockman, a junior from Medina, Ohio, filled up the stat sheet in OSU's 95-87 win over CVC.

He had 17 points -- second only to Sullinger's team-high 26 -- on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. He hit 3 of 6 three-point shots, dished out five assists and grabbed three rebounds in 27 minutes.

"This was very exciting," Stockman said. "This what we've all been waiting on, for me and J.J. to play. I felt pretty confident out there, even though we've only had one practice on that floor. J.J. and I have had a lot of shooting workouts on that floor. I feel comfortable out there."

Stockman opened the second half of the exhibition at point guard in place of Brandon Fuss-Cheatham. OSU coach Jim O'Brien made the move so he could test a bigger lineup that moved Sullinger to shooting guard and put Matt Sylvester in at small forward.

"I don't care either way as long as I'm playing," Stockman said of helping at the point. "I don't mind either position. Whatever role I get, I'll be happy. I love to shoot and I love to pass, too.

"We are excited to play basketball. We want to run up and down the floor. We have so many weapons. Fuss and I feel we can get it to them where they can score.

"I think the new guys bring a lot to the offense. We should have more scoring and more athleticism than last year. We've got the big guys and we can slow it down. Then, we can also run."

Stockman did have three turnovers in the exhibition.

"Tony had one bad stretch, where I took him out," O'Brien said. "He just needed to take a breath. He goes through bouts of carelessness where he becomes a mediocre player.

"But also at times, he is a very good player who is clever with the ball."

Stockman brings 59 games of experience (33 starts) with him from Clemson, where he averaged 12.1 points per game and shot over 37 percent from three-point range.

"I felt like from the beginning that the situation and the opportunity here were great," Stockman said. "I'm happy with my decision."

Stockman and the Buckeyes will host the EA Sports All-Stars Thursday at 8 p.m. at Value City Arena in the team's final exhibition game before the Nov. 21 season opener at San Francisco. That road trip is part of the team's jaunt to the Maui Invitational (Nov. 24-26).

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