COLUMBUS, Ohio — After guiding Ohio State to the Final Four, two-time All-American forward Jared Sullinger figured he might as well see what he could do for an NBA team.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore announced on Wednesday that he is giving up his final two seasons with the Buckeyes to make himself available for the NBA Draft in June. Most projections have him going in the top 10 picks.
The Buckeyes lost to Kansas 64-62 in the national semifinals on Saturday.
Sullinger averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds a game while shooting 52 percent from the field, 77 percent at the line and 40 percent on 3-pointers while leading the Buckeyes to a 31-8 record and a Final Four berth.
Sullinger was 63-10 as a starter.
KENTUCKY: Coach John Calipari said Wednesday he isn’t going to coach the New York Knicks or any other NBA franchise for the foreseeable future, according to an ESPN.com report.
Calipari said no NBA team has contacted him about an opening, including the Knicks, which are being coached by Mike Woodson on an interim basis after Mike D’Antoni was fired.
Calipari coached the New Jersey Nets for three seasons after he took Massachusetts to the Final Four in 1996. He was fired by the Nets 20 games into the 1998-99 season.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Frank Martin has brought five members of his old staff at Kansas State over to join the Gamecocks.
Brad Underwood will be associate head coach, Matt Figger is an assistant the team’s recruiting coordinator while Lamont Evans rounds out the bench staff. Andy Assaley will be Martin’s director of operations and Scott Greenwalt will be the strength coach.
Underwood and Figger served with Martin all five of his seasons with the Wildcats. Evans was a student assistant and graduate manager under Martin.