For those that make the annual expedition to Worthington for the McDonald's Summer League, Thursday is the day to begin muttering the familiar phrase, "I'm loving it."
This Thursday, June 16th, the McDonald's Summer League begins play at Thomas Worthington High School at 6:30 PM with games also at 7:45 and 9:00 PM. It will give basketball fans a chance to see several former, current, and future Ohio State basketball players as well as many others.
This year, like always, the league will be set up in two divisions, with the regular season running until July 13th. Then, the playoffs will run from July 14th until July 21st.
In the past, Ohio State head coach Jim O'Brien used to assign his players to certain teams. However, we understand that this season, Thad Matta has decided to let the returning players choose their own teams. We understand from league officials that not all current Ohio State players have yet finalized which team they will play for, and obviously not all rosters are yet complete.
Given that fact, we do not yet know which teams Matt Terwilliger, Jamar Butler, or Ivan Harris will be playing on. Last season, Terwilliger and Butler played for DSW Warehouse, which will not be fielding a team this season.
College teams are permitted to have two (2) players under a letter-of-intent on a given summer league team by NCAA rules.
Here are the teams with the notable players in parentheses as of the rosters that have been submitted to the league as recently as June 13th.
Buckeye Corner (Ron Lewis, J.J. Sullinger, Tony Stockman)
Berwick Party House
Andrews Insurance (Matt Sylvester)
Precision Cylinder (Ed McCants)
Donatos (Rob Summers and possibly Ron Lewis)
New Covenant Church
Cordray for Treasurer
City Wide (Kevin Weakley, Bryan Weakley, Jason Weakley, Jeff Gibbs)
HER King (Brian Brown & Carlos Davis)
Safe Auto (Andrew Lavender, NeShaun Coleman, Jermaine Tate, Troy Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Gary Trent)
Columbus Christian Center
College Bound Athletes Connection
Mitchell McKinney (Antonio Watson, Shun Jenkins, Shaun Smith)
Union Savings Bank (Terence Dials, Brayden Bell, Sylvester Mayes, Je'Kel Foster, Scoonie Penn)
We must note that although it's not a misprint Carmelo Anthony is listed for Safe Auto, we have no reason to believe you should head to Worthington expecting to see him actually playing.
Along those lines, in addition to Terwilliger, Butler, and Harris who all will be playing on one of the 18 teams, there are other names to watch for that have been in the league in the past and could still pop up on a roster at any point (some may already be on a roster that has yet to be submitted). These names are (but not limited to) Michael Redd, George Reese, Ken Johnson, Quentin Brooks, Velimir Radinovic, Brent Darby, Calvin Booth, and Esteban Weaver.
The lineup for Thursday's opening evening is as follows:
6:30 PM Buckeye Corner vs. Prudential; City Wide vs. Mitchell McKinney; New
Covenant vs. ODU
7:45 PM Cordray vs. Union Savings Bank; HER King vs. College Bound; Safe Auto vs. Col. Christian Cen
9:00 PM Precision vs. Chorpenning Good; Berwick vs. Donatos; Andrews Insurance vs. HER Hunt
Bucknuts will have reports and features throughout the season from the McDonald's Summer League.