Originally Posted by Caseyfan21
OJ Mayo was born and raised in southwest Ohio/W. Va/KY and randomly decided to go to USC which really is not a basketball powerhouse. He cited Tim Floyd and wanting to get away from home as his reasons.
He might have suddenly changed his mind because OSU has suddenly become a top caliber basketball school. Two years ago I don't think any OSU basketball fan would have thought we would appear in the National Title game. Also, I'm not 100% sure but I don't think we had any of the Oden/Conley/Cook crew committed then either. A lot can change in 2 yrs in the recruiting game and a school that was on probation because of the previous coach can come out, get a few recruits, and suddenly become a national power.
I wish people would just give it a rest until something is actually proven about one of our current coaches. People just like to bash OSU because of their success and a lot of the fans cockiness. Thad has run a perfectly clean program in his 3 yrs in Columbus and is by all accounts a great recruiter and a great person.
Funny you should mention OJ, he and another player went up against Sidney and another player in a 2 on 2 during one of the AAU tournaments and apparently Sidney as a sophomore dominated OJ.
I'm with Red Leader though. Even though from all accounts I have read that Oden and Conley were both heavily followed by Matta in the eighth grade, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if something came out about how the Thad Five would be on par with the Fab Five.
Of course, I know there is a lot of talk on Louisville and Kansas boards about Billy Gillispie and his recruiting style too.