Sullinger had 14 points and 13 boards, in the OT game with Northwestern.  Photo courtesy of the author.

Sullinger had 14 points and 13 boards, in the OT game with Northwestern. Photo courtesy of the author.

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS- After producing three straight double-doubles in the Big Ten Tournament,  Ohio State freshman power forward JARED SULLINGER was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.   Sullinger had 15 points and a game high 11 rebounds in leading #1 Ohio State (32-2) to a 71-60 championship game victory over Penn State.   In the semi-finals against Michigan, had 20 points and 18 rebounds for a tournament average of 16.3 points and 14 rebounds.  

When asked what it was like growing up in a basketball family, Jared was quick to reply “it wasn’t fun!”   The son of a coach and younger brother of former Buckeye JJ Sullinger, he said he was “beaten up on the basketball court by his family since age three”.   “Playing in the Big Ten is tough, other teams gear up to stop me in the paint but it’s the same thing I have been doing my whole life.  Even though it gets physical with a lot of banging, I always try to keep my cool.”  Sullinger took a lot of pounding in the Big Ten Tournament as he set a new all-tournament record with 38 free throw attempts.

An admitted NCAA Tournament junky who likes filling out brackets, Sullinger is also cool about playing in his first NCAA tournament. “It’s special that we got the overall #1 seed, but at the same time we’ve still got a lot of work to do, so it doesn’t stop there”.   Spoken just like a coaches’ son!

Sullinger who was selected as Big Ten Player of the Week 12 times this season had 17 double-doubles on the season and scored in double figures in 31 of Ohio States 33 games.  Sullinger is the second freshman to be selected as the MOP of the Big Ten Tournament.  Greg Oden who had 37 rebounds in the 2007 BTT for Ohio State was the first freshman MOP.