Found June 19, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
With the NBA draft a little over a week away, Jared Sullinger‘s draft stock could be taking a serious hit. The Ohio State big man was evaluated at the draft combine last week by NBA doctors, and they have reportedly red-flagged the back of Sullinger, who previously missed a pair of games in December for back spasms. ESPN’s Chad Ford has more: A number of NBA team doctors have reviewed the information from the NBA and have told their front office staff that Sullinger’s back issues could shorten his NBA career, and some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round. Last year, Sullinger was a potential top-five pick. This year, he’s dropped a bit, thanks in part to the influx of other talented prospects also in the draft class, but was recently still projected as a lottery pick. But now he could probably see his stock continue to drop. Naturally, those close to Sullinger, including his father and Ohio State coach Thad Matta, have downplayed the concerns about his back. ...
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