Lamb Chat Archive: Dec. 5

Kyle Lamb stopped by Bucknuts club chat today for some basketball talk. We have a transcript posted below.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:45:52 PM)
OK, fire away folks!

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 3:46:15 PM)
Any updates on OJ Mayo's future? Could we see him with the bucks?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:47:07 PM)
Mayo will likely end up where Huggins goes. Ohio State has looked at him, and I think in a perfect world, if O.J. Mayo said he wanted to be a Buckeye, they would most certainly take him. However, Thad Matta has taken a long hard look into his vision for the future and what he wants from the program, and I"m not sure Mayo is a part of that vision.

calibuck (Dec 5, 2005 3:47:10 PM)
Are they going to bring back the "greys' unis or not?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:47:30 PM)
There has been no final decision on that from what I've been told. However, I can tell you that as of now, that's the plan for next season.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 3:47:43 PM)
What do you think the timing will be with Kosta and Dallas on when they will make their decisions?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:48:14 PM)
For Dallas, it's just trying to enjoy the process and maybe make one or two visits. I expect by early Spring he will decide. For Kosta, it's a matter of seeing all the schools he's considering and giving them their fair shot.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 3:48:27 PM)
Solon's Dallas Lauderdale, is he a lock for Ohio State?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:48:51 PM)
I don't like to use the term lock, and I won't use it here. However, it would take an awful lot for him not to end up at Ohio State when it's all said and done.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:49:47 PM)
I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about Thursday at 7:30 PM. Dayton Dunbar versus Lawrence North on ESPN2

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 3:49:58 PM)
How many years can you see Oden playing at Ohio State? Will he be the first one of the '06 class to leave?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:50:30 PM)
I've been saying all along (and still believe) that two years is the likely number. He and Cook are both 2-year players IMO. They could stay for three, but just don't get your hopes up about it yet.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 3:51:15 PM)
Is the kid that is commited to Pitt, Pope I believe is his name, still considering the Bucks or is he set with the Panthers?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:52:16 PM)
He's interested in Ohio State and likewise, Ohio State is interested in him. However, back this fall when he said he wanted to open things up, I hear that Ohio State may have got in touch with him, and I think the initial analysis of the situation is that people expect him to ultimately end back up at Pitt. There's interest, but Pope could end up at Pitt or with Huggins.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 3:52:20 PM)
What does Jon Diebler bring to the table?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:53:14 PM)
Diebler brings shooting range and the ability to beat his man off the dribble. He's got a quick release and can hit it from deep. He's an instant scoring threat when he's on the floor. He's got good size (6-7) for a shooting guard, so that helps as well.

calibuck (Dec 5, 2005 3:53:22 PM)
Kyle. how about Love from out west?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:54:29 PM)
Kevin Love favors UCLA (although unlike what Dick Vitale said on the air, he's not a commitment). Technically, Love said last week he's narrowed his choices down to UCLA, UNC and Duke. But he also added that you never know if teams like Ohio State or Kansas is where he ended up. So Ohio State continues to recruit Love, and if things work out, he could still be a possibility in the future.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 3:56:32 PM)
Do you see any further sanctions being placed on OSU Basketball? And if there was, would Oden and Co. exercise Matta's option to back out of their commitments?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:57:16 PM)
Nothing that will cause any recruits to even consider backing out. Only a loss of a few scholarship and retro actions such as taking down banners and such. The only way these five recruits even consider backing out is if there were a loss in postseason opportunity NEXT year. That will not happen.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 3:58:11 PM)
Where do you think Huggins will end up next year and do you really think he could bring four players with him his first year with the three from North College Hill and Pope?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:58:45 PM)
It's tough to speculate as there are no jobs open right now. I hear Marshall and Pittsburgh most often, but I personally don't see Jamie Dixon going anywhere at Pitt.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:58:51 PM)
To answer the second part of your question...

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 3:59:19 PM)
I see that as a real possibility. There are five guys (the NCH trio, Jason Bennett and Herb Pope) that really like Huggins and could follow wherever he goes.

rbuck (Dec 5, 2005 3:59:26 PM)
When will the sanctions be announced?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:00:07 PM)
The hearing starts Friday. I am told to expect anywhere from two to six weeks before a decision is announced. So ballparking it, I would tentatively make a guess that you'll hear something in mid-January.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:00:11 PM)
How many from the incoming '06 class, will be in the starting lineup next season?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:00:48 PM)
The way the depth chart is shaping out, it's possible that only Oden will be starting from day one. I could also see Daequan Cook sneaking in, but my hunch is Oden will start from the beginning, and the others will see meaningful playing time.

rbuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:00:56 PM)
Not sure if you got my question, do you think Chris Wright will honor his verbal commitment to UD? I just see too much time for him to improve and attract bigger name schools?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:01:49 PM)
I do. Dayton did a great job recruiting him and he's the type of kid that really wants to stay close to home. I think Dayton will keep him and he'll be a great fit for their program. With him and Marcus Johnson of Akron St. Vincent/ St. Mary, there won't be many teams around, let alone the Atlantic 10 that have that kind of athleticism.

rbuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:01:53 PM)
Is the win against VaTech looking a lot bigger now?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:03:00 PM)
Yes it is. Virginia Tech had that ugly loss to Bowling Green, but this is a good team. They are very athletic, they are tough as nails defensively, and they have a lot of guys that can beat people off the dribble and also deliver the ball to an open man as defenses collapse into the lane to stop penetration. They have an excellent coach, as well. Seth Greenberg is a teriffic coach.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:03:04 PM)
Will Chichester be on the roster next year? Can he be a significant player in the coming years?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:03:59 PM)
I expect him to join the team after football. Being a walk-on, I'm not sure if he would contribute the first few years. But I've said all along he's the type of player that could develop into a real good player if he stuck with it. That probably won't happen, but he's talented enough to still contribute in a few years if he plays both.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:05:00 PM)
Is Lighty playing football out of the question after his injury?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:05:40 PM)
He would love to play football, but realistically that's not an option. Being on basketball scholarship, he wouldn't even be allowed to play in his first two years.

rbuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:06:09 PM)
Speaking of Lighty, how did he perform in the preseason? Do you expect him to have a big season?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:06:47 PM)
He's doing great. He seems to have his hops back and full range of motion. I think Lighty will average well into the mid or upper 20's, no doubt.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:07:13 PM)
Can you compare Yance Gates to another player as to who he might develope into and how good of a chance do we have to bring him aboard?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:08:41 PM)
I've never really thought about a comparison, but just thinking about it real quickly, he kind of reminds me a litlte of Roger Powell from Illinois last year, althoug he's got about two inches on Powell. Gates' thing is that sometimes he wants to be too much of a shooter. The kid has a great body, is really strong, and can be really physical. But he's got to get the mindset where he's always willing to go knock his body around a bit. Don't get me wrong though, I wouldn't say he's got the same exact issue as Ivan Harris....he just needs to get better.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:08:46 PM)
Do you agree that UNC has the best recruiting class?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:10:12 PM)
Absolutely. Ohio State has one of the best recruiting classes in quite some time, and probably the best in 10 years. However, North Carolina's class is really spectacular. When you consider Lawson is the best PG in the country (slightly ahead of Conley), Ellington has the edge on Cook and you throw in Brandan Wright, the second-best wing... with Deon Thompson and Alex Stepheson, that's quite a class.

tarbuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:10:19 PM)
What are the odds you would put on losing the 99' Final Four banner? Is it something that OSU is going to fight for? Points to consider.... Boban hardly had any PT that year. A Final Four is something special for the kids and shouldn't just be given away. The key players on this team were not involved in the scandal as was Michigan. It could be said the school was the victim of scandal in 1992 that cost that team a Final Four berth.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:11:35 PM)
No one wants to see that banner go down, but if it comes to swallowing their pride and making sure the future of Ohio State basketball isn't affected, it's something that may or may not be necessary . They will try to avoid it if possible, but it's a real possibility. No one will take away the memories if it does happen.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:11:42 PM)
What are the chance off all four guys playing in the McDonald's All Star game this year? Does Lighty have enough time to impress and move up the board to get in?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:12:21 PM)
Realistically, the chances are great for the other three, but Lighty's chances are small. I've talked to a few people who have a say in the selection, and they told me that Lighty is probably good enough, but having his whole summer before his senior year taken away on the AAU circuit, the chances of him making it are next to none.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:12:57 PM)
Will Oden repeat as National Player of the Year?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:13:34 PM)
I think it's a slam dunk. Even if he didn't have a good senior season (which is unlikely), the hype alone I think has assured him of that. He's everyone's 'best' player now.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:15:00 PM)
Guys, if you haven't seen Oden play yet, I urge you to watch on Thursday against Dunbar. They will also be on ESPN a few more times during the season. But while his offense is still developing (it's still better than most every 7-footer), defensively, he changes the game like few players I've ever seen. Think Ken Johnson but stronger and better.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:15:05 PM)
Do you happen to know who will be announcing the ESPN2 Dunbar vs. Lawrence North game? Dicky V?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:15:26 PM)
In the past, it was often McDonough, Rafftery and Bilas... I'm hoping that's who they go with again this time.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:16:17 PM)
How many come in to OSU in the 2007 class? Let's say Diebler is joined by Dallas and Kosta, who else do you think comes in?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:17:03 PM)
Right now, you're looking at four for the 2007 class. One more wing and then Lauderdale/Koufos most likely. Another frontcourt player could be possible depending on the situation. The leading wing candidate for now is Rakim Sanders of Barrington, R.I.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:17:06 PM)
What kind of player is Hunter?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:18:01 PM)
He's got long arms, and is a good defensive player. He's aggressive and on offense, he uses the glass real well. He also has a wide variety of shots. He's got great range. At 6-9 he can shoot from NBA range if he wants to. He's got the ability to become a real good player.

tarbuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:18:27 PM)
What traditions would you like to see Matta start up ala Tressel and what student driven traditions would you like to see?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:19:35 PM)
I'd like to see Matta bring back some sort of 'Midnight Madness', but I know he's not real crazy about the idea. I do want to see traditions that get the student section bigger, louder and more into the game on a consistent basis. Beyond that, I think some things will take care of themselves as people are getting real excited about the program.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:19:40 PM)
Do all recruits of the '06 class easily meet NCAA Academic standards?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:20:16 PM)
Yes, four of the five having absolutely nothing to worry about. Cook has to make sure he stays on top of his classwork the rest of the year, but I'm told another point or so on his ACT and he's in good shape.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:20:25 PM)
Can you ever remember a time when the state of Ohio had so many talented high school players? This seems to be the most talent that I can ever think of.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:21:05 PM)
This is definitely the most talented and deepest Ohio has been in quite some time. It's scary to see the type of talent Ohio has right now down through the freshman class and college coaches are licking their chops at all the talent to be had.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:21:54 PM)
Can we look forward to improvement in the mid-range game of Oden? Or will he stick to his forte, the paint.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:22:47 PM)
He's already developed a mid-range jumper. He is still trying to use it a litlte more often and be consistent with it. But he looks good as far as his form is concerned. I think he will develop that part because he knows he won't be "ready" to make an impact in the NBA until he does.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:22:53 PM)
Tell me what you think of Delvon Roe's game and if he could figure into the bucks plans at any point?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:23:43 PM)
Delvon is a real tough kid. I want to see his perimeter game develop a bit more, but he looks the part. Ohio State is starting to get involved and I think when it's all said and done, Roe will be better than Mullens and Gates. That's saying something because I think both will be pretty good.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:24:00 PM)
Does Oden have the body frame to add even more strength?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:25:03 PM)
Yes he does, which is rather scary. He's still somewhat on the slender side, although he's also a little quicker than most his size. He can put on another 15 pounds of muscle and still be able to run the floor real well.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:26:01 PM)
Do you think Oden will lobby to see Conley at the starting point next year?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:26:41 PM)
Nah, Oden is real grounded. He's the most humble kid you will ever meet. Honestly, Oden could come in here and back up Matt Terwilliger and he would take it as a sign he just needs to improve and he doesn't deserve to start.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:26:56 PM)
Make no mistake, he will be the starter from day one. But you get the idea.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:28:09 PM)
Does Walter Offutt have room to grow? Is it possible he could add a few more inches and pounds?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:29:16 PM)
A little bit. I don' think I'd prefer seeing him add much weight other than the normal 10 or 15 pounds a freshman will put on when he gets into college the first year because of college training. But he's got a pretty good frame already. You may see him grow an inch or so as far as height, but that's about it.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:29:24 PM)
Ok, so what do you think this freshman class will produce next year? Is it realistic to think final four from the get go? Also, where do you think they will be ranked in the preseason?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:30:31 PM)
With Ron Lewis, Sylvester Mayes and Jamar Butler, I think it's realistic. Maybe not likely right away, but not irrational. The key is that the freshmen guards won't have to step in and carry the load right away. Ohio State can pick the spots to blend them in with the other three, and they will have a nice mix. As for Oden, he will have to be the man right away, but I think he's capable of doing that.

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:32:23 PM)
Were the Bucks close at any point to getting Raymar Morgan?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:33:03 PM)
Yes, at various times they were... especially right after offering. But he was committed to taking visits and considering everything, and he did just that. After that point, Ohio State was fighting an uphill battle.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:33:10 PM)
I've got time for about two more questions!

bburks4144 (Dec 5, 2005 4:34:56 PM)
Who do you think will come out on top between two teams that are currently unbeaten.. UM/OSU?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:36:15 PM)
That's a tough call. Right now, I think Ohio State's defensive intensity is a little more consistent, and they have better guards on defense. I also think Ohio State is a little quicker and has more guys that can step up and score. But at the same time, I like Michigan's frontcourt a little more, and they will be better on the boards with the return of Petway. It would be a good game. On a neutral court, I would give the edge to Michigan at the moment.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:36:23 PM)
Is there any name that maybe we have not heard much of that is sneaking up the boards and going to get alot closer look by the bucks in the future?

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:37:15 PM)
Right now, there just really isn't any names like that. Ohio State's staff doesn't focus as much on recruiting during this time of the year, and the combination of that and so many spots filled or being close to filled makes it a very quiet time. I'm sure it will get a little busier around March or April.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:37:24 PM)
Last question...

tarbuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:37:27 PM)
This might be a little early and winning is the most important thing and these are kids, but what kind of national media attention do you think we'll see intially with this 06' class? I can already see this class with Oden front and center on an SI or ESPN magazine cover or two. I would like to see them on ESPN's The Season or All Access Ohio State. Exposure is huge plus as long as it doesn't get in the way of what's important.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:38:16 PM)
There will be quite a bit of exposure. It's already begun with having the last few games showing highlights of Oden and such. Ohio State will also have teams like Cincinnati, UCLA and (possibly) North Carolina on the schedule, so that will help too.

labuck (Dec 5, 2005 4:38:20 PM)
Thank you for your time, Kyle!! Go Bucks!!

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:38:25 PM)
Thanks for joining me.

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:38:33 PM)
Everyone have a great day and remember to tune in Thursday!

KyleLamb (Dec 5, 2005 4:38:37 PM)
Take care folks!

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