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The OTHER Triple-Double Machine in Ohio...


Evan Turner is the best player in college basketball, and he doesn't even have a jumper.

Sounds like someone else we used to know that plays ball in the Buckeye State... (LeBron's got a jumper now, there I said it.)

The man puts up a ridiculous 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists per game average for the Ohio State Buckeyes, who with a 23-7 overall record (13-4 Big 10 conference record) are quietly making a strong push to be considered for a #2 seed when Selection Sunday rolls around in 2 weeks. Yes, 2 weeks.

However, if you haven't had the chance to watch this kid play...get your popcorn ready.

First off, Turner can't win for losing. He plays for Ohio State, a school who's primary sports focus would be the football team and their stadium who holds about 108,000 on Saturday afternoons. He happens to play in the same state as LeBron James, who when you look at their games are very similar. (Except for the fact that Turner actually looks like a small forward, whereas LeBron looks like he should be playing defensive end for the Browns.) Moreover, Ohio State plays in the Big 10+1, and as far as I can see...NO ONE likes watching Big 10 basketball (or in some cases football, but that's a different subject. Oh, and I'm waiting for JAG to crucify me in the comments...)

Its easy to consider the fact that Turner, like his consensus player of the year running mate John Wall, is the leader and facilitator of his team's offense definitely sets the mode of the squad. However, watch Ohio State play. Watch how he easily gets John Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale (by far one of the funniest names I've ever heard of), William Buford, and David Lighty easy buckets and open shot opportunities. He's a defensive leader as well, averaging 2 steals a game and a block per game, dude does it all.

Oh yeah one more thing, dude broke his back earlier in the season on December 5th.


The Buckeyes quickly dropped 3 of their next 7 games in his absence, but have went 13-3 since with close losses to #7 West Virginia and #3 Purdue. Turner's come a long way, and so have the Buckeyes. Diebler's been an assassin on the outside, and Lighty and Buford are consistent inside/out threats on the squad.

Ohio State will goes as far as #21 takes them, he's the best college player in the game, so mark it down...
Ohio State will go to the Final Four.

WHO'S YOUR CHOICE FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR? WALL? TURNER? COUSINS? WES JOHNSON?

-Ed.
www.edthesportsfan.com

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