Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 5/22/12
Editor's note: This is the eighth in a seriesexamining top prospects in the NBA Draft. Profiles are based on conversationswith NBA general managers and scouts.Youve heard the positives:Jared Sullinger has soft hands, a great feel for the game, an ability to powerhis way through taller defenders and find a way to score. Hes strong, smart, athrowback, and mostly, a winner.But youve also heard therest: Sullinger isnt athletic enough, lacks explosiveness, is glued to the lowpost, and is too small (6-foot-9) to play his style in the NBA.So whats the truth about the bigman from Ohio State?Well, its likely somewherein between, said one NBA GM. I think hes probably a little better in someareas than people give him credit for, and maybe not as good in some otherareas. His physical skills are average, but he knows how to play in the lowpost in spite of it. So, make of that what you will.As far as Sullingers overalloffense, the scouting website DraftExpress.com put it this way:Where he's even more dangerous is inthe mid-to-high post, where he sees a large amount of isolation plays in OhioState's offense every game. Sullinger can put ball on the floor effectively andattack his matchup in a straight line off one or two dribbles, being verydifficult to contain thanks to his strength and aggressiveness. It also stated,Sullinger bounces off opponents and can make difficult shots on the movethanks to his excellent touch, at times using the glass. This is a part of hisgame that should translate very nicely to the NBA level.All of that istrue. But Sullinger is no longer at Ohio State, or in the Big Ten, where mostdefenders were about his height.Instead, hellsoon be in the pros where nearly everyone is big, strong, athletic and a formercollege star. In fact, with names such as Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and ChrisBosh, it could be argued that power forward is the most talented position inthe NBA.Like mosteveryone else, just how well Sullinger fares will be determined during upcomingindividual workout sessions and the Chicago draft combine in early June.I dont thinkanyone really knows right now, said one scout. All we can go on is how helooked in the Big Ten, and right now, Id have to say thats pretty good.Honest;ly, the biggest question is probably what type of upside he has. Thatwill go a long way in determining where he gets drafted.The scoutpredicted that Sullinger could be selected anywhere from sixth to 15thoverall, making his status the biggest mystery of anyone entering the draft.There are alot of questions, but I have a feeling were going to like the answers, saidone GM. We already know hes intelligent and tough, and those two things alonecan carry you far in this league, even if you have nothing else to offer. Butagain, I think Sullinger does.Jared Sullinger FileHeight: 6-foot-9 Weight: 280 pounds Position: Power forward Date of birth: 5-30-1992 (19 years old) Hometown: Columbus, Ohio High School: Northland College: Ohio StateFollow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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