Buckeye Newsstand, June 27

Take a look at the best stories that weren't done by us. Come along as we take a trip around the 'net for all the Ohio State news that you can handle.

Saturday, June 27
The Columbus Dispatch has a feature story on the newest member of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, B.J. Mullens. Bob Baptist of the Dispatch already looks ahead to next year's Ohio State draft prospects in a blog entry.

Ohio State held a football camp Friday for some of the top talent in the country, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on top linebacker prospect Jordan Hicks of West Chester Lakota West, who was there but did not participate.

The football Junior World Championship begins today in Canton, and the Akron Beacon Journal has a feature story on three Ohioans on the Team USA offensive line, including Ohio State's Jack Mewhort. The Canton Repository has a story on Team USA, as well as a JWC notebook.

John L. Crawford of the Fernandina Beach (Fla.) Leader has a column criticizing former Buckeye Maurice Clarett after the running back requested to be released from prison early in order to try to play football again.

Finally, the Lancaster Eagle Gazette has a charity bowling event put together by Lancaster product Jimmy Cordle.


Friday, June 26
As is often the case at the NBA draft, one team calls your name but you end up being traded to another team. That's what happened to former Buckeye B.J. Mullens last night, who was selected by Dallas in the first round and was then traded to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Oklahoman has a story on the newest member of the Thunder, as does the Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Bob Baptist of the Dispatch has a blog entry on how Mullens and Kosta Koufos last year may have cost themselves money by leaving after their freshman seasons.

The Dispatch has a story on Ohio State freshmen linebacker Storm Klein and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort as they prepare to play in the Junior World Championship, which begins this weekend in Canton. The Dispatch also has a JWC schedule.

The Dayton Daily News has a story on West Chester Lakota West senior linebacker Jordan Hicks, who lists Ohio State as one of his final six possible schools.


Thursday, June 25
We start today with a column by Columbus Dispatch sports editor Rob Oller who writes about another No. 2 ranking Ohio State does not want.

The NBA draft is tonight, and the Dispatch has a story on trying to figure out where former Buckeye B.J. Mullens fits in the draft order. Mullens may be staying in Ohio, according to The Associated Press (via FoxSports.com). That story suggests the Cleveland Cavaliers may target the 7-1 center despite their trade with Phoenix for Shaquille O'Neal.

Staying with Mullens, the Newark Advocate has a story on the big man's patience and potential.

The AP (via the Toledo Blade) catches up with OSU basketball coach Thad Matta as he works to replace Mullens and stockpile talent.

The Canton Repository has a notebook on the upcoming Junior World Championship in Canton, led with a note on the impact of a speech from former Buckeye Chris Spielman to Team USA.

The Dispatch has a note on the start times being announced for Ohio State's football games vs. Navy and Toledo.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer continues to post postgame interviews with future Buckeyes following the Big 33 game last weekend. Today he has interviews with Sam Longo and Chris Fields.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a note on Cincinnati Moeller quarterback Andrew Hendrix committing to play at Notre Dame. The choice was not surprising after Ohio State, another of Hendrix's final schools, picked up a verbal commitment from Taylor Graham earlier this week. Graham is the subject of a Plain Dealer story, which focuses on the QB's relationship with his father - former Buckeye QB Kent Graham.

Finally, it's been a long time since Michigan beat Ohio State in football. So long, in fact, that the Detroit Free Press is suggesting that it might be the University of Michigan-Flint club football team that may finally defeat a football team from Ohio State.


Wednesday, June 24
The Ohio State football recruiting class of 2010 grew Tuesday when quarterback Taylor Graham, son of former OSU QB Kent Graham, became the sixth verbal commitment. The Columbus Dispatch and the Chicago Sun-Times have stories on the Wheaton (Ill.) North product. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story comparing the styles of Graham and Terrelle Pryor.

Ohio State also announced the next class of its Athletics Hall of Fame, highlighted by Michael Redd and Andy Katzenmoyer. The Dispatch, Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Newark Advocate) have the details.

Chris Spielman traveled to Canton Tuesday afternoon to address Team USA ahead of this weekend's Junior World Championship, and the Canton Repository has a story on what the Buckeye great had to say.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer continues to post video from the aftermath of the Big 33 Classic. Today's video interviews are with Marcus Hall and Corely Linsley.

Daequan Cook's basketball camp in Dayton ended on Tuesday, and the Dayton Daily News has some observations from the event. The DDN also has video of Cook and former teammate Greg Oden talking about the 2009-10 NBA season.

Cook is also the subject of a Miami Herald feature story.

Bob Baptist of the Dispatch continues his torrid blogging pace with short blog note on former Buckeye Anthony Crater.

Finally, Mike Harden of the Dispatch has a feature story on the difficult senior year of Columbus Eastmoor Academy's Darryl Wood, who will attempt to walk of for Jim Tressel at Ohio State. Tuesday, June 23
We start today with the latest on Jaamal Berry. The running back, who is facing a charge of felony marijuana possession in Miami, has arrived at Ohio State. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on Berry's legal issues.

Another Buckeye's life is perhaps a little less complicated now. According to an Ohio State spokesman, cornerback Devon Torrence will spend the summer in Columbus instead of playing minor league baseball for the Houston Astros. Ken Gordon of the Dispatch has a blog entry on Torrence and the frustration the Astros have with him.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has a couple of video entries from the Big 33 Classic on Buckeyes Melvin Fellows and Jonathan Newsome.

The Canton Repository continues its coverage leading up to the Junior World Championship in Canton with a story on the universal language of the high five. Ohio State's Jack Newhort and Storm Klein will play for Team USA.

Bob Baptist of the Dispatch has two blog entries, one of future men's basketball Buckeyes Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft earning accolades at the the three-day NBA Players Association Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va.

Baptist also has a couple of notes on B.J. Mullens, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Detroit Free Press both have stories on whether its hometown NBA teams should consider drafting the former Buckeye.

Former men's basketball Buckeye Daequan Cook is holding a basketball camp in his native Dayton this week, and the Dayton Daily News has a story on the NBA player meeting with the family of DaQuan Sales, who idolized Cook and was killed by a motorist last week.

The Dispatch also has a note on Ohio State women's basketball center Jantel Lavender making the USA Basketball team that will compete at the World University Games in Serbia this July.

Finally, a sad story out of Indiana about the passing of the wife of former OSU golfer Chris Smith. Beth Smith was killed, and two of the couple's children were critically injured, in a crash involving a Greyhound bus. The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) has the details. Monday, June 22
Dispatch columnist Michael Arace has the latest on Tyson Gentry following his graduation from Ohio State eight days ago.

The Dispatch also has another story on how the NCAA and its schools skirt public-record laws.

Ohio won the Big 33 Classic this past weekend, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on a quick turnaround for the seven Buckeyes who took part in the game. OSU beat writer Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has his thoughts on the Big 33 game.

Ohio State wrestler Cody Magrum is the subject of a Dispatch story. Unlike many freshmen, Magrum had to lose 15 pounds in his first year on campus.

Finally, the Dispatch has a feature story on Ohio State's summer camps, from jazz camps to football camps.


Sunday, June 21
Matt here, back from a six-day Midwestern baseball honeymoon with my new bride, Lindsay. We arrived back in Columbus at 2:30 a.m. last night after stops at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Comerica Park in Detroit and Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. It was a great trip, but needless to say I'm exhausted. I do want to start today's Newsstand, however, by thanking the rest of the BSB staff for picking up the slack in my absence. Adam, Jeff and Marcus are great guys and I appreciated the help.

We'll start with the Columbus Dispatch, which has a feature story on former Buckeye football player Shaun Lane. The special teams standout is still suffering the effects of a right arm injury that occured during the Fiesta Bowl in January.

In actual gridiron action, the Big 33 game was held Saturday. Ohio broke a three-game losing streak in the series thanks to a score in the final seconds. PennLive.com has a recap of the action and some video from the Ohio victory.

The annual North-South Classic was held at Ohio Stadium on Saturday as well. No future Buckeyes took part, but for those interested, the Columbus Dispatch has a game recap.

The Ohio State men's golf team has a new leader, as former Kent State golfer Donnie Darr was hired to replace the retiring Jim Brown. The Akron Beacon Journal has the details.

Staying with golf, the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle has a story on the 69th annual Monroe Invitational, which was dominated by Ohio State's Bo Hoag and Brad Wright.

Ray Stein's weekly mailbag in the Dispatch has a letter on Ohio State baseball. OSU beat writer Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also has a mailbag.

The Dispatch also posted the Ohio State men's hockey schedule for the 2009-10 season.

Finally, the Delaware News-Journal has a story on the Philadelphia 76ers working out former basketball Buckeye B.J. Mullens, despite the Sixers' intentions of drafting a guard in the upcoming NBA draft.


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