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2012 NBA Draft: Jared Sullinger Represents Ohio State In Top Prospect List

For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Along The Olentangy.

It's never too soon to be talking about the NBA Draft, especially when you're just talking about prospects and not already trying to form mock drafts. No, player speculation is something that is done and will always be done at every point in the season. It's especially worth looking at the players pertinent to this region and namely, the Ohio State Buckeyes.

ESPN's Doug Gottlieb put together an early draft big board, calling it his top 30 draft-eligible prospects. A list like this certainly can change with so much left to play in the college basketball season - as the rankings and records change, so do the players. But it's definitely a good early look at some of the players who could be very good, and there's certainly some names near the top of the list worth considering.

Perry Jones III tops the list for the Baylor Bears, a good all-around player. There's some definite big names in his top five, being rounded out by Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis and Jeremy Lamb.

For the Ohio State Buckeyes, who else but Jared Sullinger would make a list of the top 30 prospects? He comes in at No. 11, and here's what Gottlieb has to say about him:

11. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Buckeyes
A load down low who is showing an increased ability to score on the perimeter. He may struggle some against bigger players in the NBA, but he is very agile for his size.

For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Along The Olentangy.

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