Torrance Gibson finds a new home, Ohio State basketball gets the band back together and more
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Today is Friday, July 14, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
Torrance Gibson takes the JUCO route
Despite never playing an official snap at Ohio State, former Buckeyes wide receiver Torrance Gibson always seemed to be a fan favorite. The 247Sports 4-star prospect arrived in Columbus in 2015 with tantalizing athleticism and no shortage of expectations.
After redshirting as a freshman, however, a suspension just prior to the start of the 2016 campaign brought his career in Columbus to an unceremonious end. This past offseason, Mississippi Gulf Coast announced the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native had signed with the school, before Gibson said he’d be transferring to the University of Cincinnati.
Now the polarizing prospect appears once again on the move.
According to a news release from Mississippi Gulf Coast on Thursday, Gibson will indeed play for the Bulldogs in 2017. And after beginning his OSU career as a wide receiver, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Gibson will convert back to his high school position of quarterback while at the school.
“I just want to win,” Gibson said in the release. “I want to learn. It’s a chance for a brand new start, to start from the bottom.”
Just how much time the Sunshine State product will spend at Mississippi Gulf Coast remains to be seen. But with fall camp nearing, Gibson’s destination for 2017 finally appears to be settled.
Buckeyes basketball back together
The practice court inside Value City Arena looked like a scene out of 2011 on Thursday afternoon. That’s when several prominent alums of the Ohio State men’s basketball program took the court to practice for The Basketball Tournament.
Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, William Buford and Jon Diebler were among those practicing inside Value City Arena on Thursday as the Scarlet and Gray team prepared for The Basketball Tournament’s Midwest regional, which begins Saturday in Peoria, Ill., at Bradley University.
Returning to the Schottenstein Center to hoop with their former teammates is nothing new for those OSU greats; that’s something they do every summer. This year, though, they have something to play for: a $2 million, winner-takes-all prize that goes to the champion of the 64-team, single-elimination tournament.
“It’s definitely going to be an added component to it, obviously, playing in a tournament with something on the line, so I think everyone’s kind of locked in a little more, excited to get going,” Craft said.
Other members of the Scarlet & Gray team include ex-Buckeyes Dallas Lauderdale, David Lighty and Evan Ravenel, as well as former Bowling Green guard Nate Miller, former Northern Illinois forward Leon Rodgers and former Ohio University guard Stevie Taylor. Tipoff for its opening game against The Region is slated for 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. Should the team win, it will face the winner of the matchup between the Jackson TN Underdogs and Banner Boys (UW-Milwaukee alums) on Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
All games in The Basketball Tournament can be viewed on the watchESPN app.
Ohio State football’s watch list worthy
It’s watch-list season in college football and unsurprisingly, Ohio State has maintained a steady presence.
On Thursday, several current Buckeyes saw their names in the news as the watch lists for the Outland Trophy (nation’s top interior lineman) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defender) were revealed.
Ohio State players added to watch lists on Thursday include:
- OT Jamarco Jones
- C Billy Price
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- LB Jerome Baker
- DE Nick Bosa
- DE Sam Hubbard
- DE Tyquan Lewis
Watch list season will continue throughout next week with the following schedule:
- Friday: Jim Thorpe Award
- Monday: Butkus Award/Paul Hornung Award
- Tuesday: Biletnikoff Award/Wuerffel Trophy
- Wednesday: Davey O’Brien Award
- Thursday: Doak Walker Award
- July 21: Walter Camp Award