|Some rough news for Buckeye basketball fans this Monday night, as it has become official that guards J.D. Weatherspoon and Jordan Sibert have officially decided to transfer out of the program, in favor of a better chance at playing time down the road at new universities.
Bob Baptist reported last week that Sibert has planned to take his talent down the road to play for Dayton under former Ohio State assistant Archie Miller. It is unclear if that is still his intentions, but the Flyers present a prime opportunity for a three point threat like Sibert. The Cincinnati product will have to sit a year before regaining eligibility. In his two seasons at Ohio State, he averaged 2.5 points per game, while shooting less than 30 percent from the floor and averaging nearly 10 minutes a game.
A teammate of Trey Burke and Jared Sullinger at Northland High School in Columbus, J.D. Weatherspoon has been made it pretty clear even before the final four that he was not happy with his playing time. In the weeks after the Buckeyes lost to Kansas in New Orleans, the soon to be Junior let his feeling be known on his twitter account that he felt upset with his role on the team and his possible role in the future. After being ruled academically ineligible the second half of his freshman season, it seemed that #23 was a favorite to see increased playing time to start the season. After struggles defensively early in the year, Weatherspoon saw his playing time dip to just 6 minutes a game. He averaged three points per game, but only saw the floor if the back court was in constant foul trouble.
Weatherspoon is expected to sit down with his family and discuss what is next for his playing career. One school that I wouldn’t be surprised to see making a push for his talents would be Xavier, where they are currently looking for backcourt help.
Head coach Chris Mack, who falls under the Thad Matta Tree, is definitely not afraid to take in talent from other ranks and turn them into players who can contend at a high level.
It was more of the same for the #7 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes early Saturday afternoon, in their 76-47 victory against Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye arena.
The Buckeyes had five turnovers in the first ten minutes, sunk deep into foul trouble, and watched their senior leader go 0-10 from the field in the first half. Thanks to the play of Jared Sullinger early, Ohio State was able to keep afloat early. His 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in the first half that kept the Buckeyes in the game.
But it was the athletic ability of Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson and J.D. Weatherspoon that got the lethargic Buckeyes over the top and holding the lead for good midway in the first.
Shannon Scott, who played plenty of minutes in the first — got things started with wide open look from the elbow. After a three pointer from Jared Sullinger, Scott found a wide open J.D. Weatherspoon in the low post from the elbow for an emphatic dunk to start a 7-0 run. Weatherspoon would then grab a huge boxed out rebound on the opposite side of the court with 5:35 remaining on the clock in the first. Quickly up the court, the sophomore connected with Sam Thompson mid-air for the crowd silencing alley-oop jam to make it 22-13.