Former Ohio State guard Walter Offutt to Indiana?

  • 04/21/2010 4:54 pm in

NCAA First Round: Siena Saints v Ohio State BuckeyesWalter Offutt, a 6-3 guard from Warren Central in Indianapolis who originally signed with Ohio State and transferred to Wright State, is on the move again.

We received a tip on Monday that Offutt would leave Wright State and consider walking-on at Indiana and now The Dayton Daily News is reporting it as a possibility:

Walter Offutt, a 6-foot-3 guard who transferred to Wright State from Ohio State in the winter, will leave WSU when the current quarter ends, Offutt said today, April 21.

Offutt said he is considering walking on to the roster at Indiana or possibly joining former OSU assistant coach John Groce at Ohio University, where Groce is the head coach.

Offutt was a four-star recruit in the 2008 class, but played in just 21 games as a freshman at Ohio State and in two games last fall as a sophomore before transferring to Wright State.

He averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals as a junior at Warren Central before missing his senior season due to injury.

Offutt would likely have two years of eligibility remaining.

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  • indianafan

    i say just on this a good player without a scholarship sounds like a win win

  • psvirsky

    Weird. It'd be nice to get a potential contributer without having to give up a scholarship. I mean, we've got plenty of guards and all but if he can play it'd be nice to have him. Hopefully he didn't reach his potential at OSU b/c of the high school injury and is now ready to come back full strength (most optimistic I can be).

    Someone needs to get a scouting report from Mark Titus.

  • Outoftheloop

    Come to Bloomington Walter. If you CAN play, then you WILL play! Live out the Indiana dream! We do not care what happened at OSU, no one should be forced to go to school there. Forget the problems, learn from the good things, lace up your sneakers and have FUN playing Ball at IU!

  • GFDave

    What's not to like? At the worst he helps make practices more competitive. At the best he gets minutes and scores points. All with no scholly obligation.

  • marsh21

    Boy we are sinking pretty low to get pumped up over a kid who doesn't even require a scholarship. He might not even pick us, ha….

    Another guard, at least he will have plenty of people to identify with on our team.

    This recruiting process is interesting to say the least.

  • Steelhoosier

    WAL-TER OFF-UTT! will chant nicely in Assembly Hall.

  • Indiana_Knight

    Well, if he won't be taking up a scholarship he could only help, right? I think he probably figures the best opportunities for playing time will come either here or at Ohio U so I bet he selects us or them… I'm a Warren Central grad as well, so I kind of like him already.

  • yessuhr

    I did some research via Titus's blog. Offutt has a nickname: Walt Disney. He also doesn't like to be stuck in elevators.

    None of this is productive, but I can't say I would have a problem with him being on the team. I think it would be a very good thing.

  • walton

    I will take any potentially talented additional player at this point and no scholly – what do we have to lose – perfect.

  • walton

    Just too bad he wasn't 6 or 7 inches taller

  • psvirsky

    ahh yes. I don't read Club Tril consistently but I think the first one I read was the elevator story. Nice work.

  • Hoosier76

    B4 Offutt got hurt in high school he was a high level recruit for the Buckeyes. Rivals have him compared to the likes of Mike Rosario from Rutgers/Florida and Klay Thompson at Washington State. Any player that at one point was compared to these players is someone I can deal with.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think this would be a very good things….
    + Provides some leadership and experience
    + An Indiana kid who is hungry to prove something
    + More competitive practices and will push some players
    + Doesn't use a scholly…..

  • cooper

    Still waiting for the rumored big news unless this is it

  • Diesel

    +And Danny Moore won't be spelling our guards any more… much as I appreciate Daniel's effort, every time I saw him enter the game it really spoke to our lack of quality depth last year at the guard position. I know everyone thinks we are so guard heavy, but we're just as tall as OSU was last year.

  • eph521

    Does anyone know why he's leaving Wright State?

  • hoosierodi

    Found a video of him at Warren. Looks pretty solid, would love to have him as a walk-on. He was a 4-star recruit at O$U.
    From the video it looks like he plays pretty solid D and is athletic

  • marcusgresham

    It's in Dayton—isn't that reason enough?

  • justanotherperspective

    About the Dayton comment…while Dayton has some issues like lots of rust-belt metro areas…it does have lots going for it. Fine recreational areas, Metro Parks, a thriving music scene, great drinking water!! It doesnt compete head-to-head with Columbus OH, Cincy, or Indy…in some arts and civic arenas…and in professional sports. But with a thriving theater and decent and accessible college basketball…its a very respectable place to thrive. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abe Lincoln

  • plane1972

    Most likely because Brad Brownell took the Clemson job. I'm sure Brad was the primary reason he chose Wright State.

  • eph521

    @ plane1972 – thanks, I haven't done much research on him… that would explain his desire to leave. i know some may not want this kid due to him leaving two schools already, but sometimes life happens and it takes awhile to find the right fit, whether he tries to walk on at IU or not.

  • marcusgresham

    I was just kidding. I actually had a really good time there back in August when we traveled for our fantasy football draft. Well, my friends all told me I had a good time—I don't remember a lot of it.