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Buckeye coach Matta adds Sam Thompson to 2011 recruit class

Thad Matta is overjoyed at snagging a tiop-notch recruit (

When Quinton Thomas of Jackson, Mississippi, unexpectedly committed to the Ohio State basketball program on August 16, head coach Thad Matta felt he still needed another wing player for the 2011 recruiting class.

His wish has been fulfilled by the “basketball genie.”

Sam Thompson of Chicago Whitney Young High School, a 6’6 wing, called Matta on Sunday and said he would sign with the Buckeyes in November.

Thompson made an official campus visit on September 11 and 12 and narrowed his choices to Florida and Ohio State.

Thompson’s high school basketball team won the state championship in Illinois his sophomore year and last season was the runner-up.

compiled staff, news & wire reports

Sarikopoulos tells Buckeyes he will not return

Telling head basketball coach Thad Matta that he had struggled for several weeks with his decision to return to Ohio State for two more years or to go pro, Junior center Zisis Sarikopoulas will not be returning but will remain in his native Greece and play professional basketball.

Zisis Sarikopoulos (courtesy of Ohio State Athletics)

The 7-foot Sarikopoulos played just one season for Ohio State after transferring from Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) after the 2007-2008 season. He sat out the 2008-2009 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules before playing in 14 contests for the Buckeyes last season.

But with the Buckeyes having a glut of talented frontcourt players coming in as freshman, Sarikopoulos figured his role and playing time wouldn’t change much.

compiled from staff, wire and Ohio State news

Top-100 basketball recruit selects Ohio State

LaQuinton Ross, a 6-foot-8 wing from Jackson, Mississippi, who is entering his senior year in a few weeks at Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, has selected the Ohio State Buckeyes and Thad Matta. The news of his selection was reported by several recruiting websites.

Thad Matta re-stocks the basketball team (

Ross, who was impressed at the way Ohio State produces NBA players on a regular basis, also was recruited by West Virginia, Syracuse, Mississippi State and Baylor University.

Ross averaged 16.6 points and 7.9 rebounds for Life Center Academy last season after transferring in January from his Mississippi high school.

He is the second commitment to Ohio State’s 2011 recruiting class, joining point guard Shannon Scott of Alpharetta, Georgia.

compiled from staff and wire reports

ENTERTAINMENT FOR SUNDAY JULY 11, 2010: Almanacs, News and Celebrity Birthdays

compiled from staff, wire and Entertainment news


Today is Sunday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2010. There are 173 days left in the year.


* On July 11, 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about childhood-innocence and racial injustice in a small Southern town during the Depression, was first published by J.B. Lippincott and Company.

* In 1859, Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time. The clock itself had been keeping time since May 31.

* In 1952, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.

* In 1979, the abandoned United States space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

* Ten years ago, on July 11, 2000, A Middle East summit hosted by President Bill Clinton opened at Camp David between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.


* The Office star Jenna Fischer married writer Lee Kirk this past weekend in Malibu, California. The 36-year-old Fischer, was previously married to director James Gunn.

* BalletMet Columbus has been able to balance its budget. The company was able to clear out a tentative deficit of $50,000 in recent weeks through donations from supporters, according to Executive Director Cheri Mitchell. The company had reported a record $400,000 deficit at the end of the previous season, 2008-2009.

* Popular Cincinnati radio personality Gary Burbank who impersonates such characters as “Gilbert Gnarley,” “Earl Pitts, American!”, will be needing your help to get into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. This is Burbank’s third nomination. Burbank, who retired from WLW-AM in 2007, faces very stiff competition as a local or regional pioneer from Chicago “Disco Demolition” DJ Steve Dahl; Nashville country music icon Ralph Emery: and Boston DJ Charles Laquidara.

Online voting is free and is open through August 1 at Online registration is required.

* Staying with WLW-AM in Cincinnati, it was discovered by several of our website fans that the popular regional station has pulled longtime talk show host Mike McConnell off the air because word had leaked that he’s going to Chicago in August to work on WGN-AM.

WLW-AM recently refused to let McConnell return to the airwaves after he returned from vacation when word of his move to Chicago was discovered. His contract expires in July.

* NBC has pulled the new Love Bites from fall schedule and put The Apprentice on Thursday. The network made the move for several reasons: the pregnancy of series regular Becki Newton, who plays a young, single woman; and a request from creator Cindy Chupack to relinquish day-to-day management duties of the show.

The upcoming season of The Apprentice recently finished shooting in New York.

* Singer Carrie Underwood married Hockey star Mike Fisher on Saturday July 10 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro.

* CNN host Larry King and his wife, Shawn Southwick-King, both submitted paperwork this past week to halt their divorce for which they filed in April. Word has it that the couple is trying to work things out.

* Actress Lindsay Lohan, who recently lost her probation case, has also lost her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley who abruptly resigned on Thursday.


60 Bonnie Pointer, singer of the famous group, The Pointer Sisters.

43 Thad Matta, Ohio State men’s basketball coach.

40 Justin Chambers, Springfield, Ohio native, actor on Grey’s Anatomy.

35 Lil’ Kim, rapper of Lady Marmalade.

21 David Henrie, actor of Wizards of Waverly Place.

Jim Jackson’s son chooses Wisconsin to continue career

compiled from staff and wire reports

Traevon Jackson Westerville South (file)

Traevon Jackson from Westerville South High School near Columbus, Ohio, has committed to continue his basketball career at the University of Wisconsin.

Jackson made his choice on Saturday according to published reports. He chose the Badgers over Arizona State University.

The 6’2 Jackson, a guard, will be a senior next year, is the son of former Ohio State All-American Jim Jackson and is a spitting image of him, just about four inches shorter.

He was not offered a scholarship by Thad Matta and the Buckeyes eventhough he lives 15 miles from campus and his Dad is one of the most-popular players of all-time.

During the 2009-2010 basketball season, Jackson scored 20.5 ppg, 8.5 rebounds per game, 4 steals, shot almost 70 percent from 3-point land and was second team All-State.

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