Lamb Chat Archive: Jan. 24

Bucknuts basketball specialist Kyle Lamb stopped by Tuesday evening for a chat with club subscribers. We have a free transcript posted below.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:10:43 PM)
Alright, well we're going to go ahead and get started. If you want to talk the season, recruiting, the future, anything is fair game tonight. But go ahead and begin submitting questions and let's get started

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:10:52 PM)
what do you think is going to happen against Iowa, I know they are incredibly tough at home, and on the flip side what would a win there mean for the team at this point of the season?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:12:08 PM)
Kleintime, a lot will depend on the interior defense of Ohio State and how they defend Brunner. I think Ohio State will be able to take the Iowa guards out of their rhythm, but I am uncertain of how badly Brunner will hurt them. If they can contain Brunner, they should win by about 5 to 10 points IMO. A win would be big from a confidence standpoint. It would give them a second big win on the season on the road.

MFTodd (Jan 24, 2006 9:12:20 PM)
What are your views in getting the Schott a more exciting place for basketball?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:13:46 PM)
I think by and large, if people were to show up and cheer for every game like they should, we wouldn't be having this discussion. The seating, the acoustics, the scheduling for non-conference, etc, etc etc, have all played a part... but the fans need to be accountable. HOWEVER, I do feel that changes to the 'atmosphere' with regards to seating and ticket prices, etc, will go a long ways to helping. Also having OSU boost their n/c schedule next year will help.

Bigbuckeyebully (Jan 24, 2006 9:14:03 PM)
Kyle, Great article on Dallas. My question is, does he have any favorite as far as school goes?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:15:48 PM)
First, thanks for that compliment. To answer your question, Ohio State and North Carolina, along with Syracuse are the favorites. Ohio State has, in my opinion, a strong edge to land Lauderdale, but I feel he's at least keeping an open mind and enjoying the process. Those three schools though are definitely the main ones. North Carolina is probably his favorite school growing up, Syracuse has done the best job recruiting him out of the out-of-state schools go, but Ohio State is close to home and Matta has been great to Dallas and his family.

Pastor Jack (Jan 24, 2006 9:15:59 PM)
What do you think we should do? Should we pull out of the Dance this year too in order to pave the way for next year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:16:43 PM)
I don't think that will be necessary, as another year should not be heading Ohio State's direction. But even if they were given another year, Ohio State would not take it this year and instead they would appeal that decision vehemently. I would say given past precedent, absolutely not.

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:17:13 PM)
What does the foot fracture of Kosta Koufos do for schools recruiting him. I believe he was high on both OSUs and Louisvilles list. And will he be able to return to 100 percent in time for his freshman year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:18:17 PM)
I'm hearing that he will be healed within the next 8 weeks. So not only will he be fine before his senior season and then his freshman year in college, he'll be fine and ready to go for AAU ball this spring and summer. I don't think it changes the recruiting landscape any as far as the teams interested will remain interested.

Bigbuckeyebully (Jan 24, 2006 9:19:36 PM)
This is more of a comment than a question, but I love the character of all the Current Players, and the incoming recruits. How much emphasis is put on the character issues when Coach Matta and his assistants go out? Everyone we are after seem to be great kids.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:20:33 PM)
Character is certainly something Matta has prioritized. I think he's willing to take kids with egos, but not kids that are going to be cancers or disruptions. Fortunately for Matta, a lot of the best kids in Ohio and Indiana the next few years that appeal to them have none of these concerns.

bw1954 (Jan 24, 2006 9:20:48 PM)
The way to make the Schott more exciting is get more students to the games ! Student tickets prices are troo high cut them in half , move press row from behind the basket and put the students there . Kyle will the non conference schedule be elevated next year ? That would help .

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:21:56 PM)
The non-conference slate will definitely be elevated...

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:22:43 PM)
Ohio State has games set up with Iowa State, Cincinnati, UCLA, the B10-ACC Challenge (which could be North Carolina), Duke is trying to set up a game at the MSG with Ohio State and CBS wants a game in Columbus against Kentucky or Louisville

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:22:54 PM)
Although many of those games will be on the road, that should help the atmosphere in general

JBfan14 (Jan 24, 2006 9:23:05 PM)
Kyle, I know Matta does alot with his talent, like Bruce Pearl at Tennessee, Bo Ryan, West Virginia's coach, ect. However thinking about next year, Isn't it seldom even for a 5 star freshman to have a huge impact on his team without a year under a coach's system?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:24:48 PM)
I think the key here is that Greg Oden isn't an ordinary freshman. He's a guy that right now is already good enough to be one of the best post players in the entire country. Also, it helps in this case that Conley, Cook and Oden are so accustomed to playing with one another, they have such good chemistry that they will be able to learn the system together and quickly adapt. That's an aspect of these "freshmen" that you rarely see with incoming classes.

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:24:55 PM)
right now espn.com's bracketology has OSU listed as a 4 seed. Do you think is is a legitimate spot for the team and where could they end up by tournaments end?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:25:48 PM)
As of today, I did my own bracketology as I do every year, and I also had Ohio State coming out as a 4-seed. So yes, I think this is realistic, and I think they could go as high as a 2 or 3 seed if they win some of the bigger games. I would tentatively project Ohio State as a No. 4 based on how the season has gone.

ThaBuckGuy (Jan 24, 2006 9:25:54 PM)
What are the chances we get Dallas? I love his game.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:26:27 PM)
I truly don't feel anything is set in stone, but I'll personally be highly surprised if Dallas doesn't wind up deciding Ohio State is the place for him in the long run.

MFTodd (Jan 24, 2006 9:26:34 PM)
How will we keep everyone happy within the team if we get all the great players we are recruiting? I know it seems like a great problem

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:27:33 PM)
The guys that are going to Ohio State right now are all players that are good enough to get their minutes, but also want to win bad enough they will do whatever is best for the team. As of now, other than one of the PF's next year, I think everyone still gets solid minutes.

WVBuckeye (Jan 24, 2006 9:27:39 PM)
Will Conley be an improvement over Butler or about the same. Butler seems to be improving every game but seems not have that quick first step to consistently get by his man. Although it looks like he has that step when playing defense. What are your thoughts

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:29:00 PM)
Butler is one of the best guards in the Big Ten right now in my honest opinion, so I don't think it's fair to expect Conley to beat out Butler for his spot. Butler is just too good in many facets of the game to be taken off the floor. However, Conley will provide solid minutes off the bench in his first season and he will be very valuable immediately to the Buckeyes as a defender and a guy that understands the game.

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 9:29:09 PM)
Tell me about William Buford and RaShawn Goins. Who do they remind you of at this stage and do you see them in the plan for the future at OSU?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:31:08 PM)
If you saw Nate Minnoy any before he got hurt (the Purdue freshman), that's who Goins reminds me of. He's got to get in "basketball" shape though. He's got a great court awareness and has a nice stroke, but he's not quick enough and has to lose some of his baby fat. As for Buford, I've never really thought of any comparisons, but he's pretty good. When I saw him this spring, I wasn't impressed as I saw a tweener who I wasn't sure was more of a shooter or guy who scored inside. But since then, he's apparently gone off and become a big time scorer. I think Buford is Ohio State's No. 1 wing target in the 2008 class.

Guest (Jan 24, 2006 9:31:13 PM)
Kyle, what is the mens teams biggest weakness?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:32:09 PM)
Hillmer asks what Ohio State's No. 1 biggest weakness right now is. I think it's a tie between rebounding and interior defense. Both have hurt Ohio State quite often and will continue to haunt them this season if they face a tough frontcourt in the tournament (like Memphis, UConn, Texas, etc)

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:32:36 PM)
I know it is very early in determining who will sign in the 2007 season, but if you had to make some early guesses .... who would you think you be leans towards OSU?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:33:59 PM)
I think you could probably get away with calling Lauderdale and Koufos leans, although they're committed to due process. I also think if he had an offer, Dante Jackson would be dangerously close to becoming a Buckeye. After that though, Ohio State will have to work extra hard for anyone else they may wish to sign. Rakim Sanders, Solomon Alibi and Kevin Love are the other guys I continue to hear they are involved with. I expect more names to pop up in April.

bw1954 (Jan 24, 2006 9:34:05 PM)
When do they announce the McDonald s H.S. All- America teams ? I think we get 3 of our recruits on the teams . Do you agree ?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:34:14 PM)
Yes, I think they will have the Spiece trio.

hilmerj (Jan 24, 2006 9:34:28 PM)
Kyle, who will be giving the Ohio State offer to Dante Jackson, Jim Tressel or Thad Matta?...is Jackson worthy(in your eyes) of an Bball offer?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:35:33 PM)
It appears that unless Jackson commits himself to football a little more and maybe attends camps in the late spring, Ohio State probably wouldn't come through with a football offer. So that means Jackson needs to take care of business in April and May on the hardwood and make it to where Matta has no choice but to offer. And yes, in my personal opinion, I think Jackson is worthy of an offer.

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:35:47 PM)
It appears the the 2008 class has already landed two great prospects, one being Mullens before he even played a high school game. My question is ... I know that Thad is a great coach but how long can OSU continue to recruit with the big boys as well as compete when it appears that the perrenial powers seem to dominate year in and year out. I dont want to say OSU is the flavor of the week but look what happened to Michigan after Webber left. Any opinions?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:37:15 PM)
Ohio State has long had all the resources to be a great program. They have top-notch facilities, some solid basketball tradition and a lot of talent in Ohio in most years (even moreso right now). Matta knew these things when he took the job and that's why he is in Columbus. I think it just takes a coach willing to commit to being a top program and it's possible for Ohio State to hang with the big boys of the basketball world.

Guest (Jan 24, 2006 9:37:33 PM)
Were the Buckeyes ever interested in Nate Davis from Bellaire. He seems to be having a great season. Maybe not quick enough to play guard in the big ten?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:37:48 PM)
WV Buckeye asked about Nate Davis of Bellaire...

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:38:32 PM)
I think Davis is a good guard (I've seen him play once myself). But I don't think he's got the perimeter skills and quickness to play at the highest level as of now. I'm sure Ohio State looked at him, but I can't say it was a very long look.

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:38:38 PM)
Who do you see as the starting five in 07 ... and also in 08?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:39:06 PM)
Next year I see the starting five (as of today)... Butler, Cook, Lewis, Hunter (or Bell) and Oden

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:39:55 PM)
the year after... Butler (with Conley playing to move Butler over to the two at times), Cook, Lighty, Hunter (or Bell or Koufos) and Oden (probably for the final time)

ThaBuckGuy (Jan 24, 2006 9:40:48 PM)
How is Mullens developing? What can we expect from him, when he gets to OSU?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:41:32 PM)
He's still a bit inconsistent, but man, the kid just oozes of talent. I want to see him continually stretch his shot out to about 15-feet, and I want to see constant effort and determination. He's got the size and athleticism and he's got the post moves, he just needs to refine them.

OrlandoBuckeye (Jan 24, 2006 9:41:52 PM)
Kyle, Worst case scenario, Lauderdale and Koufos go elsewhere, who does OSU have the best shot? Thanks

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:43:11 PM)
I really believe, and I've heard this from other people, that Ohio State could still have a great shot at Solomon Alibi if they truly wanted. I also think that Kevin Love could be realistic for another shot if they go all out. I think Love ends up at UCLA, but he's a guy the Buckeyes would take in a heartbeat. I know that Josh Southern and JuJuan Johnson are two other guys they could get involved with again.

wwt (Jan 24, 2006 9:43:31 PM)
I'm not use to OSU, let alone any other school, having guys "in the bag" a year or two into the future like OSU has Mullens & Offutt. Is this truly unusual or do the other top tier programs have guys already committed?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:44:25 PM)
It's becoming a little more common than it used to. If you look at Scout Hoops' top 50 right now for the junior class, you'll see that nearly a third of them are already committed. It's becoming very common for a top prospect to commit by his junior season. But that said, it's still rare to have two big time sophomores already committed even in today's landscape.

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 9:44:31 PM)
Do you see next years team losing a number of these early road games due to youth or are they that good they will be able to handle the pressure? Also, can we really be thinking national championship next year or are we expecting a little too much from these freshman?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:45:33 PM)
I think losing some early games (especially with the possibility of playing a brutal schedule) has to be expected. But two things... first, I think they are capable of handling the pressure (Cook and Oden do it daily), and secondly, I think that group will grow up rather quickly....

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:45:47 PM)
A national championship next year might be a tough thing to expect, but it's certainly not irrational.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:46:14 PM)
BTW folks, just a quick update - Iowa leads Indiana 26-16 with 4:00 left in the first half

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 9:46:27 PM)
sorry if asked Kyle but what are your thoughts on Spiece teammate Jajuan Johnson. Is he bigtime? Will he get an offer? Contingent on what happens with Lauderdale? Is he all PF or PF/SF combo, seems pretty skinny.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:47:23 PM)
Johnson plays for a different AAU team. But to answer your question directly, I dont think Ohio State will end up offering. He's very good. He needs to add some weight and get stronger, and he's a bit raw, but a very intriguing prospect. He's one of those kids who's offense is still catching up.

Guest (Jan 24, 2006 9:47:29 PM)
What is your feeling on Walter Offutt? Has he just been slowed getting back into the swing of things?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:47:44 PM)
We've had some questions about Walter Offutt and his progress...

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:48:48 PM)
I think Offutt will take a year to get fully healed. Consider it takes two years normally to be back from an injury such as the one he sustained, and he is only a sophomore as it is, so his progress looks a lot more concerning to people than it should. Give him until the summer to start showing his stuff.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 9:48:53 PM)
Kyle, how is Othello Hunter coming along this year? Heard anything? Will he contribute right away next year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:49:57 PM)
He's been struggling the last few games from what I'm told, but I know teams have been trying to take him out. His offensive game is rapidly expanding and his defense and rebounding has been real good. There's no doubt in my mind he will play some key minutes, but how good he's going to be when he gets there next year I still am not certain. He's a potential high-reward type of kid though.

Guest (Jan 24, 2006 9:50:04 PM)
If you had to take a guess, what will the final record look like (before Big Ten tourney)? I'm saying 22-5 and 11-5 in the Big Ten. That should be top-3 in the conference, don't you think?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:50:28 PM)
Steve asks about the final record and my guess what it will be... he says 22-5 and 11-5 in the Big Ten.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:51:02 PM)
I am going to go with 12-4 if they are able to beat Iowa on Saturday, which would put them at 23-4 on the season. No question that would put them No. 1 or No. 2/3 in the conference.

hilmerj (Jan 24, 2006 9:51:14 PM)
Kyle, rank the fallowing prospects

hilmerj (Jan 24, 2006 9:51:17 PM)
Gates, Mullins, Roe, Offutt

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:52:21 PM)
If you base them on how good they are "right now", it would go Gates, Roe, Mullens and Offutt. If you ask about future ability, I might say Roe, Mullens, Offutt and Gates. But that's one that could go any number of ways.

Guest (Jan 24, 2006 9:52:42 PM)
Kyle, Do you think there is a chance Lighty redshirts with Lewis,Mayes and Cook

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:53:24 PM)
There was a question asked by OrlandoBuckeye if there's any chance of Lighty redshirting. The short answer is... I highly doubt it. I think Ohio State is counting on 6 guards for next year's rotation.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 9:53:29 PM)
Kyle, will Chichester play BBall next year? How good is/can he be?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:54:59 PM)
Chichester probably has to take care of things unrelated to his athletics first, and then he could worry about playing two sports. But as of now, I would say he'll give basketball at least a 1-year shot. He could be real good, but that's assuming he stuck with basketball. I think he could contribute as much as Matt Trannon has at Michigan State if he stuck with it for a few years, but I don't expect that.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 9:55:12 PM)
Kyle, why Hunter and Bell over Terwilliger?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:56:34 PM)
Terwilliger is a center for Thad Matta's system in my honest opinion, and I dont believe there's any plans on that changing for next season. Terwilliger will be the man expected to play important minutes when Oden is on the bench resting or in foul trouble. I think Hunter can do that too, but he's capable of playing the four with his deep range and improving game off the dribble.

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:56:45 PM)
That brings me to my next question ... how long do you see this incoming class (06) styaing with the team?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:57:57 PM)
I think Conley and Lighty will most likely be four year players. Hunter will be there both seasons. Oden could be anywhere from 1 to 3 years in my honest opinion. I expect two. Cook likely will be two seasons, but could leave after one.

ThaBuckGuy (Jan 24, 2006 9:58:13 PM)
Will Diebler ever score 77 points in a game at OSU? lol

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:58:22 PM)
I'm sure people would love that, but no ;)

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 9:58:34 PM)
Realistically ... when can OSU becomes the dominant team in the Big Ten? Certain goals need to be reached first - winning at home consistantly against top competion, winning close games, winning tough road games. But how many year until OSU surpasses Mich St, Indiana, and Illinois ?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 9:59:59 PM)
Given the way Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin and even solid programs such as Michigan are shaping up, I think it's unrealistic to think Ohio State, even with all this talent, will dominate the Big Ten. This conference is set up for some real battles the next few years. I *think* that Ohio State will have the edge over those programs in two years if they get the guys they are hoping for, but it won't be a big difference. They all should be elite programs.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 10:00:22 PM)
Kyle, will Harris continue to ride the pine next year? Seems like he will get very little time next year. Any rumors of a transfer?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:01:57 PM)
There have been a lot of rumors floating around, but nothing more than speculation or at very most, frustration. I think Harris has been getting back in Matta's favor recently, but I think defense will make all the difference in the world as to how much he plays next year and if he starts. If he can rebound a bit more (which I feel has actually improved from reports of practice and what he's done in his limited time) and play decent defense, Ivan Harris could make the team a lot better next year.

dfwbuck (Jan 24, 2006 10:02:09 PM)
Is BJ Mullins up to 7-1 already? How big is this kid going to grow and when will he grow into that big frame?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:02:58 PM)
Mullens has already grown into the frame quite well. He's about 250, 255 pounds and he still moves pretty well. I think where he's at now (around 7-0) is about where he stays.

Tubby (Jan 24, 2006 10:03:05 PM)
The team is looking tired and a little ragged Kyle. Is Matta watching our conditioning?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:03:53 PM)
I think you make a great point, but I don't think conditioning is the problem. I simply think it was tired legs from a couple of exhausting games physically, one that went double OT. This week off should give the team fresh legs heading to Iowa City on Saturday.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 10:04:05 PM)
Kyle, will we be the fav's next year to be the big10 champs? Who else will be strong?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:04:40 PM)
Ohio State will proabbly be the preseason favorites, but Wisconsin will definitely have a team capable of winning and Michigan State and Illinois will compete for the title as well.

JBfan14 (Jan 24, 2006 10:04:56 PM)
Kyle, just curious, do you know if any of the incoming class will play in the McDonalds Summer League?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:05:16 PM)
The plan is for all of them to play. It's too early to say who will play on what team, but yes, they should be there.

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 10:05:27 PM)
Do you think that a few years down the road after some success with these currently recruited classes that the OSU basketball program can develope the same way the U Conn program did where we will be recruiting nationally every year instead of mainly just the midwest?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:06:17 PM)
Yes and no. Certainly Ohio State looks like they will be able to recruit nationally a little bit, based on the fact a guy like Kevin Love still even mentions Ohio State high on his list...

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:07:15 PM)
But keep in mind, UConn has no choice but to recruit nationally. They don't have a recruiting base like Ohio State does. WIth Matta having Indiana ties and then the talent in Ohio alone where kids grow up loving Ohio State, there's no reason for him to go national except in a few cases here or there.

Tubby (Jan 24, 2006 10:07:33 PM)
Kyle, what does Matta do to get this team legs back and make them hungry to compete next Saturday

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:07:57 PM)
The week off alone will help. I don't think he needs to make them hungry. They know what's at stake and the fact they want to win a conference title should alone make them want this game.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 10:08:04 PM)
Care to give some percentage chance of committing on these guys Kyle? Dallas, Koufas, Pope, Love.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:09:00 PM)
I don't really feel like doing the percentage thing at this moment in time, but I'll say Ohio State has favorable chances for Lauderdale and Koufos (better chances for than against) and only a slim chance for Love and not really in the running for Pope.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 10:09:13 PM)
Kyle, do Oden, Conley and Cook get to play with Spiece again in the spring/summer this year? Or are their AAU careers over?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:09:45 PM)
Their AAU time is done. After high school lets out, they will be heading to Columbus to spend the summer with the team conditioning voluntarily and will also be playing in the summer league in Worthington.

ThaBuckGuy (Jan 24, 2006 10:10:02 PM)
Do you think Malik Hairston has any regrets with signing at Oregon. I hated losing him. And I can't stand the Ducks and their association with Nike.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:11:03 PM)
Hard to say. He didn't get to "Carmeloize" Oregon, but at the same time, his future with Nike was a big reason for signing there, so my guess is that if he moves on to have a decent pro career for a while then gets to work with Nike, he'll be fine. I know he wanted to have a shot at a national championship though, so I'm sure there's a little disappointment

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 10:11:23 PM)
What do you think the timing will be for Dallas and Kosta in terms of making their decision on a school?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:11:41 PM)
For Dallas, I think between March and May. For Kosta, any time between April and September

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:11:53 PM)
I still believe Kosta will decide before the summer though

hilmerj (Jan 24, 2006 10:12:04 PM)
What are the chances that Eric Gordon is swayed back on the market by Oden or Conley and Cook....Ok this may seed like a longshot, but we were his leader at one point(even after Cook and Lighty were on board)...and all of a suddon he talks about wanting more PT???

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:12:17 PM)
Gordon is solid with Illinois and I don't see that changing.

blid (Jan 24, 2006 10:12:25 PM)
Will anyone in the NCAA be able to shut down Greg Oden?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:13:12 PM)
I think Oden is one of those rare players that you know you can't totally shut down, you just have to hope he doesn't go off. He'll have his off days though like everyone

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 10:13:19 PM)
Obviously we are expecting a ton from Oden next year ... but who else is going to step up that hasn't been given the press?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:14:41 PM)
I still say Jamar Butler is drastically underappreciated and underrated outside of Columbus. This kid is an all-around great guard and it will be he - not any of the freshman guards, that will be the catalyst in hoping to make a Final Four run. The defense next year with Butler, Oden, Hunter, and Conley and Mayes off the bench could be real good.

Iowa (Jan 24, 2006 10:15:07 PM)
Kyle, have you seen Hunter? WIth him at the four alongside Oden can we expect a block party? If he is formidable inside like I expect, does he have the handles and outside shot for a Matta four? Othello is being overlooked--this guy might be a stud

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:16:35 PM)
I was in Toledo in November to see him and unfortunately I got to see all of 6 to 8 minutes before he went down with an ankle sprain. But yes, if he's on the floor at the same time, there won't be many shots from the paint thrown up by opponents of Ohio State. The offense on Hunter has scary upside. This is a kid that can stroke NBA 3-pointers. He's getting better off the dribble. He also uses the glass well.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:17:43 PM)
Let me ammend that Hunter is not yet a consistent shooter from the outside, but he can and will make those shots if you let him, and although he has great range, I don't want people to expect him to start canning 25-footers consistently.

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 10:17:50 PM)
Kyle, will we get Daman McDaniel? Sorry, but you cover Fball now too!!

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:18:29 PM)
I really don't know if they will or not. I do know though that McDaniel is really looking at the other options seriously and it's a dogfight. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up at Ohio State, but I don't really expect it.

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 10:18:39 PM)
What would be a reason for not offering Dante Jackson in you opinion? He seems like a very talented player who wants to come to Columbus and do anything he can to contibute. Am I missing something here?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:19:25 PM)
His ball handling and shooting previously left some to be desired. Those are the main reasons an offer had not come by now. But his shooting seems to be really improving and so has his ball handling. I think he has another shot to really impress the OSU coaching staff.

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 10:19:45 PM)
Do you think the NCAA will punish OSU for submitted infractions even though they have been dealt with in house. It seems to me that this case has been closed, no?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:20:35 PM)
I don't think there will be much more punishment other than retroactive type stuff. (i.e., banners, forfeitures, stats removed, etc).

Iowa (Jan 24, 2006 10:20:41 PM)
Dante Jackson, what needs to happen in order to land an offer besides playing better in the staffs eyes? Where is he on the pecking order?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:21:12 PM)
He just needs to get some exposure and play with an AAU team this spring that allows him to play some good competition. Once the staff watches him do so, I believe there's a chance of offering.

Iowa (Jan 24, 2006 10:21:30 PM)
Kyle, if TOSU would of gone after Raymar like staff did Thad Young do we land him? I believe we wasted alot of time on Young at the beginning while Izzo was setting up camp in Morgan's underwear..

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:22:18 PM)
I think Morgan definitely ended up going where he was most comfortable, but certainly if Ohio State had gone all out on him sooner, it may or may not have changed things.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:22:43 PM)
Big Ten update: Iowa leads Indiana 41-27 with 16:00 left in the game

blid (Jan 24, 2006 10:22:54 PM)
Does Ohio State have a chance at Yancey Gates and how good is he? As good as Cook, Lighty, etc.?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:23:04 PM)
Ohio State doesn't really have a chance at Gates

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 10:23:15 PM)
What's the latest on B.Huggins? I saw him on ESPN at the UC/Xavier game. He looked pitiful sitting up with the fans in the nosebleed rafters. Will Mayo/ Walker follow him wherever he goes?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:23:58 PM)
Huggins is being constantly named with about 3 jobs (Missouri, Marshall and West Virginia). I think Mayo and Walker definitely follows him.

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 10:24:03 PM)
I would think that Oden dominates games in Indiana just by his size alone but have you seen him in AAU games against guys 6'11 and 7'0, does he still dominate gainst guys his size? And, is he someone who has to worry about foul trouble next year? Can he play defense with his feet and not get into bad position by drawing fouls?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:25:06 PM)
Absolutely. He played in New Jersey against Cole Aldrich, Darrell Arthur, Tom Herzog, Kevin Love and Deon Thompson among others and he absolutely dominated them all. He was a man among boys even against the best 6-9 to 7-0 players the camp had to offer.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:25:47 PM)
Don't let the people that say "he's doing it against smaller high school players" fool you, the kid has stepped up to every challenge he's ever had. Heck, I left out the fact he took it to Derrick Caracter as well

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:26:03 PM)
I've got time for about two more questions then I have to be going....

buckman (Jan 24, 2006 10:27:17 PM)
Oden...1 and done?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:27:23 PM)
I believe it will be two years for Oden.

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 10:27:26 PM)
why do we have no chance with Yancy?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:28:01 PM)
From what I've heard about the situation, I don't think Ohio State will have much of a shot of getting him. I think it comes down to depth chart.

Iowa (Jan 24, 2006 10:28:06 PM)
Go on record and tell us if we win it all next year

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:28:12 PM)
I would say no.

Kleintime16 (Jan 24, 2006 10:28:40 PM)
Are we going to be getting new jersey designs any time soon, i like our look but its rather boring? Maby ein 1-2 years they spice things up?

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:29:03 PM)
I think you will see a lot of things different next year. Seating, jerseys, atmosphere, support, it will be something else.

tj (Jan 24, 2006 10:29:09 PM)
Great ? iabuck and a GREAT answer Kyle. Kyle, what is your take on Amaker? IMO He seems like a quality guy but just does not seem to really have 'it' as a head coach.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:30:02 PM)
Amaker is one of the nicest guys in the business - absolutely classy. I think he's a solid recruiter that does things the right way and will bring some talent in. I guess the only criticism you could find is that his teams still haven't always lived up to their potential.

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:30:17 PM)
Ive got to get going, but thanks for joining tonight!

Guest (Jan 24, 2006 10:30:20 PM)
Thanks a lot Kyle ... have a good night and keep up the good work!!!

labuck (Jan 24, 2006 10:30:21 PM)
Kyle, thank you so much for your time!! Always enjoy your chats! Go Bucks!!

Kyle S. Lamb (Jan 24, 2006 10:30:28 PM)
Thanks guys for coming. Take care!

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