In the only group workout, or "mini-combine", for this year's draft class, 44 potential draft picks were put through their paces at the LA Clippers' facility. Among them was Ohio's favorite son, PG Aaron Craft. His showing in the 5-on-5 game was everything you'd expect based on what we've seen of Craft so far in his career--he finished with 2 points, 2 assists, and a turnover, without attempting a field goal.
At the mini-combine, Craft competed against the likes of Russ Smith, Shane Southwell, and Scottie Wilbekin. The players present didn't represent what's considered to be the top tier of NBA prospects, so it remains to be seen how much impact this showcase will have on each player's draft stock. All 30 NBA teams had representatives present. Only time will tell if one of them will take a second round flyer on Craft, or if he will slip through the cracks and bring his considerable talents to med school.
"Despite the late season losses, Ohio State is a slight favorite to win the Big Ten in 2014."
Athlon projects that Ohio State football will finish 2014 as the No. 1 team in the B1G, and the No. 3 team overall. This projection comes despite the Buckeyes losing do-it-all back (and current 49er) Carlos Hyde, as well as the bulk of the offensive line that opened holes for him last season. Athlon is still high on OSU's offense, as Ezekiel Elliot and a crop of freshman athletes with game-breaking potential look to continue the ridiculous offensive output established by Braxton Miller and co. last year.
One of the justifications for picking the Buckeyes to finish so highly is the fact that OSU might boast the best defensive line in the country. Once DE Noah Spence finishes out the last two games of his suspension, the front four will absolutely be a force to be reckoned with. Some question marks remain in the secondary and linebacker positions, but there is an enormous amount of potential present up and down the roster.
"Mr. Harrison continued to lie to investors after the company began operating, providing fake sales figures and profit data."
Preston Harrison, who played football for Ohio State from 1992 to 1995, is facing a federal indictment alongside his former business partner. The two allegedly deceived investors in their company, Imperial Integrative Health Research & Development, repeatedly.
Harrison and his partner, Thomas Jackson, Jr., face charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit both of those acts. These charges stem from the fact that Harrison and Jackson may have lied to investors about everything from the content of the company's sports drink (OXYwater), to the stakes they each held in the company, to their own salaries. A number of these investors are or were professional basketball players in Europe.
Preston Harrison was a highly-touted quarterback prospect in high school, but eventually converted to linebacker. He was drafted by the Chargers, but never actually played as a member of the organization. Harrison hasn't been a Buckeye in 20 years, but surely there's someone out there ready to take a crack at where this fits in the #narrative of Ohio-State-players-as-criminals.
"It's one thing playing for a club when you go out to the field and maybe parents are there. But it's another thing when you've got your community coming out and watching you."
The Columbus Eagles will play their home opener this Sunday against FC Indiana. The Eagles, a new member of the Women's Premier Soccer League, lost their first two games on the road. The team is a unique one, a hodgepodge of players that have not had long to train as a unit--some are even still in college, and have only recently reported to the team.
The Eagles are hoping for an influx of fans to bolster their presence in the community and impact on the field. Wise says that there were about 30 fans in attendance at Columbus' first game, also against FC Indiana, nearly all of whom were Eagles fans. The team is leaning on the hope that name recognition will increase fan involvement, as many of the players are local products whose names they might have heard during their high school or college careers.
The game will be played at Wellington High School's field. Kickoff is at 2 pm on Sunday, May 25th.
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