The way things stand, Ohio State doesn't really have a lot of needs to address in the class of 2010. Thursday afternoon, most of Thad Matta's stellar recruiting haul hit the floor at the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. Mixed in with the future Buckeyes were a few of the remaining OSU targets.
Future And Potential Buckeyes At NBPA
Jared Sullinger- One of the premier big men in the country, Sullinger was pretty much his usual self in Charlottesville. He's not the flashiest guy, but the big bodied power forward knows how to get things done in the low post. Making terrific use of his backside, Sullinger seals defenders, catches and drops the ball into the bucket with ease and comfort on either block. He's got sneaky explosion around the rim and is tough for opposing big men to get around when they are trying to score. Then, there's his greatest asset.....his hands! Arguably the best set of mitts in the class of 2010.
Aaron Craft- The most recent prospect to commit to the Buckeyes, Craft was steady during a Thursday evening game. A very willing and smart defender, he makes opposing point guards work and generally keeps them from running what they want. Patient on the offensive end, he runs the team, hits some pull-up jumpers and will stick an open three when the opportunity is there.
Lenzelle Smith- On Thursday, Smith spent most of the day running the point and was solid if unspectacular. A big bodied kid, he's a splendid passer and uses strong hands and a keen sense for where loose balls will end up to clean the glass quite well from the PG spot. Looking like he has shed some pounds, the question for Smith at the point on the next level will be whether or not he has the jets to both beat and stay with elite quicksters off of the dribble. In reality, he's likely a guy who will play multiple positions in Columbus.
Dominique Ferguson- It was a pretty quiet day for Ferguson who never really seemed to find his rhythm. A long and explosive athlete who does his best work from 15 feet and in, he spent much of his time looking to attack from the perimeter. He got loose for a few tip-ins and transition finishes, but in order for him to be at his best he's got to look to play from the inside/out versus playing from the outside/in.
Adreian Payne- Playing against the massive Fab Melo in a Thursday evening game, Payne did a nice job of dealing with lots of size. Known to stray from the paint at times, Payne actually posted strong around the hoop and from time to time he was even rewarded with a post touch (usually courtesy of Craft) and did some work. He showed nice footwork on some quick spins for lefty jump hooks, skied for offensive rebounds and threw in the jam of the day when he totally posterized Melo with a two handed slam plus one. All in all, a nice outing for Payne.