Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor was quite the athlete.
I mean, just look at him now. He’s a starting WR in the NFL, currently playing for the New York Jets. Back during his days with the Buckeyes, he played QB.
But coming out of high school, Pryor was also quite the basketball player. Back in 2010, when Pryor was playing for Ohio State’s football team, the Buckeyes went 12-1 overall and won the 2011 Sugar Bowl over Arkansas, 31-26.
Prior to the bowl game, however, an NCAA investigation took place regarding certain Buckeyes football players and tattoos. That happened in December of 2010 and led to Pryor’s time at Ohio State being over.
On Friday, Pryor was on 97.1 The Fan’s Carpenter & Rothman and mentioned his interest in joining the Buckeyes’ basketball team back in the 2010-11 season. And, apparently, it was more than just a casual interest.
“The year that all that NCAA stuff, all that B.S., the stuff that they had going on against me, I was actually going to join the basketball team that year and play with them,” Pryor said. “I was going to join the team and it obviously didn’t work out because of the investigation going on and the allegations and stuff like that. So we didn’t get to push forward and make it happen, but I had an urge in me to do it. I was ready to do it and I was going to be more than capable to be able to do it, but it fell through because of that.”
The 6-foot-4, do-it-all athlete said he had even talked to Thad Matta — then the coach of the Buckeyes’ basketball team — about playing both sports.
Again, Pryor was no slouch on the court.
Believe it or not TP was Top 100 hoop recruit. 3 spots behind Draymond. 14 spots ahead of Klay. https://t.co/jbrJ40y4J7
— Carpenter & Rothman (@971CandR) April 13, 2018
That 2010-11 men’s basketball team at Ohio State was also one of the most talented the Buckeyes have ever had. The team was led by Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger, but other talented players such as Deshaun Thomas, David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford were on the team as well.
That squad went 34-2 in the regular season and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament that year. Unfortunately for Ohio State, they were upset in the Sweet 16 by Kentucky.
What would have happened if Pryor was also on that Buckeyes team?
Who knows. Though, it seems like we were pretty close to finding out.