Terelle Pryor was a tremendous high school basketball player.
And not just in the sense that he could score a few points here and there. He was a serious recruit.
In the 2008 basketball recruiting class, Pryor — out of Jeannette (Pa.) — ranked 14 spots ahead Klay Thompson in the ESPN 100. Thompson has been to multiple NBA All-Star games and won a title, as has Draymond Green, a future Michigan State star who was just three spots ahead of Pryor on the list.
Pryor could play. But, of course, he was also the second-ranked football recruit in 2008 and followed his gridiron dreams to Ohio State and then the NFL.
The 6-foot-6 Pryor passed up dozens of basketball scholarship offers — 110 by his count — to play for Jim Tressel. But he never got the one that might have swayed him away from Columbus.
Pryor was not offered by Mike Krzyzewski and Duke, he recalled Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show. And if he would’ve been offered by the Blue Devils to play basketball and football, his college choice might have been different.
“There might have been a chance, actually,” Pryor said. “(Coach David Cutcliffe) was there for football and we had a great relationship. I don’t know. I might have to go back on those words. Who knows what would’ve happened.”
Here are his full comments on the possibility of being a two-sport college star:
The decision has worked out well for Pryor, who was a three-year starter with the Buckeyes at quarterback and recently made a smooth transition to wide receiver in the NFL. He signed an $8 million contract with the Redskins last week.
But now Duke and NBA fans everywhere can wonder what could’ve been.