Diebler Talks About His Summer

Just because school is out doesn't mean there isn't plenty of high school basketball going on. Summer camps are a very important aspect, and several of Ohio State's recruiting targets and commitments were hooping it up this summer at the nation's top camps. One of them was Upper Sandusky's Jon Diebler, an OSU commitment who talked with us about his camp experiences.

It would be easy to say Jon Diebler has been an afterthought to Ohio State basketball fans every so often.

Being caught up in Greg Oden's injured wrist, upcoming games this season against defending National Champion Florida as well as North Carolina and also the stellar play of classmate Kosta Koufos, fans may take for granted Diebler too has had himself a good summer.

The 6-5 guard from Upper Sandusky High School didn't disappoint two weeks ago at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis. Rated as one of the top 5 to top 10 best shooting guards in the camp, Diebler reminded people why it was actually he that was the first commitment for Ohio State in the 2007 recruiting class.

"It was a great time (at Nike Camp)," Diebler said Sunday evening. "I really enjoyed it. I got to see almost everyone again that I saw that the NBA Camp – Kosta, Delvon (Roe) and it was fun playing against that competition.

Playing against that competition is part of the reason Diebler is now ranked No. 59 in the latest ScoutHoops.com top 100 rankings for the 2007 class.

One of the main reasons Diebler was said to have performed so well at Nike Camp was because of his outside shot falling. For a majority of the camp, his 3-pointers were falling consistently.

"I've been shooting the ball decently," he said somewhat modestly. "I'm hoping to keep that up going into the (AAU) Nationals and the (Super) Showcase."

His campmates, Koufos and Roe, played equally impressive. Both were regarded as top 10 players in the entire camp.

Diebler already knows that Koufos, the 7-1 star from Canton GlenOak, will be playing with him as a future teammate at Ohio State. However, Diebler is waiting like everyone else to see what Roe does with a possible decision in the next couple of months.

"We've been trying to work on him at NBA Camp and Nike Camp," Diebler said of Koufos' AAU teammate and friend. "We all hung out together. We're close and pretty good friends. I saw them in West Virginia (this past weekend at the Harley Jamfest). It's obviously coming to Delvon's decision. He's got to do what he thinks is the best thing for him. But it will be great if he does come to Ohio State with us."

When Diebler committed to Ohio State in September of 2005, he took the role as lead recruiter among his peers to entice others to join him at Ohio State.

Although he admits that Roe will have to make a decision on his own without his help, he does feel good about where they stand at this moment in time.

Even he cannot deny, however, that it's all up to Roe in the end as to where he goes.

"I think Ohio State has a really great shot to get him but Delvon is looking at some great schools," Diebler said. "He's going to be where he feels is right. Kosta and I felt Ohio State is the place that was right for us so hopefully that's the way Delvon will feel. I know he (Roe) feels Kosta is a really good friend, but Delvon has many options so it's going to come down to he and his family making a decision."

With or without Roe, Diebler and Koufos will continue to enjoy their time as high school students before ultimately arriving in Columbus next summer.

Part of that includes, however, getting the chance to experience the collegiate life a little early.

Open gyms, for instance.

"I'm hoping to go down to Ohio State a few times next month and play in some open gyms with the guys," Diebler said. "I just need to keep working out – in the gym, with my dad and hanging around some of the guys (at Ohio State)."

Despite the fact most of Upper Sandusky's 20-game schedule is taken up by the Northern Ohio League slate, which is 14 of the 20 games in the regular season, the Rams are hoping to prepare for another possible Division II State Championship run with a tough non-conference schedule.

The Rams host Division I state powerhouse Cincinnati St. Xavier this season, they play Division I Toledo Whitmer and also Greenfield McClain at the Schottenstein Center during the Play-by-Play Classic in January.

It's an opportunity for Diebler to play against good friend Dante Jackson.

"I've always wanted to play with him in AAU tournaments, but he is definitely a great player," he said of his friend Jackson. "The amazing thing about him is that he's a great player in all three sports he plays (football, basketball and track). He's a tremendous competitor, he's a great guy to be around and it will be a lot of fun playing against him."

The tough schedule for Upper Sandusky is nothing new.

It's the competition factor that Diebler enjoys about his own career. It's easy to see where he got it – his father Keith.

"We like to play against good teams and that's always how my dad has been," Diebler explained of his father's philosophy. "He likes to play bigger, faster teams to help us get ready and play better basketball."

That kind of attitude towards competition is what keeps Diebler from playing in the shadows for too long.

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