Temple transfer Anthony Lee commits to Ohio State

  • 03/29/2014 1:54 pm in

Temple transfer Anthony Lee will play in the Big Ten next season as the former Owl picked Ohio State over a list of suitors that included Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville and Notre Dame.

“Anthony Lee is an Ohio State Buckeye!,” Lee’s father, Anthony Sr., told Inside the Hall in a text message.

The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Indiana and Notre Dame both visited Lee on Wednesday at Temple before he departed on Thursday for an official visit to Ohio State.

Lee joins an Ohio State frontcourt that will also include seniors Amir Williams and Trey McDonald.

As recently as Thursday, Lee’s father told Inside the Hall that he “planned to take other visits.”

In his redshirt junior year at Temple, Lee led the American Athletic Conference with 8.6 rebounds per game while adding 13.6 points per game.

Update: Lee just posted the following on his Twitter account:

(Photo credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)

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  • ForeverIU

    Thanks, that makes sense. Finally understanding! No wonder players get on a graduation fast track nowadays.

  • Alford Bailey

    They’ve done what it takes over the last 20 years and IU still acts as though they don’t have a clue. Get used to it.

  • ronb

    Maybe he should have called Cody and Vic about how their IU careers ended in 2 top 5 NBA picks. This was an off season. Other IU coaches had them and went on to great things…. If Coach is as bad as some of you think then his time will be limited but guys I doubt that happens any time soon. I ask some of you go back and look at what you predicted on this sight before the season started. We lost 4 of 5 starters off a team that won our 1st Big Ten in 20 years. This happens in Coach’s Careers after they had a great team but they don’t get fired for one season. Basically IMHO I see this one discussion as fruitless. We are fans and we are not going to get Coach fired for this past season. I hope he, the other Coaches and the players have learned something this year and improve next year. Beating this horse serves no purpose but add fire power to are arch enemies.

  • HoosierPat

    Crean has four scholarships to fill for next season. Indiana should not have to piece together a team like this. A lot of people try to rationalize all the transfers but the bottom line is these guys would rather go somewhere else than play for Crean.

  • Alford Bailey

    How about coaching? Olie took a team no more talented than IU this year and has them playing their best ball at the end of the season. He is a great coach and his players bought in. Who cares what you do in your conference or if you make a sweet sixteen. Final Fours and National titles are what counts, well, at the great programs that is.

  • Alford Bailey

    So true. And he is gonna have to piece together with 3 star talent at this point.

  • Alford Bailey

    O, but you have to have a dominating big to get to a final four. Great guards and great coaching can win a title. They’ve done it before.

  • ForeverIU

    Tweet from Coach Crean. We’re gonna be super.

    Tom Crean @TomCrean
    I am looking forward to watching Yogi Ferrell turn into a Shabazz Napier leader and help set our ONSLAUGHT towards next year.

  • HoosierPat

    Next year we will still probably hear everyone (coaches included) use inexperience as an excuse for undisciplined play.

  • Alford Bailey

    ONSLAUGHT?? That sounds scary.

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah I know you’re not easily impressed.

  • ForeverIU

    To hell with them anyway, I’m still upset for the Spartans.

  • Alford Bailey

    I’m still upset for Butler but I respect their success.

  • Alford Bailey

    5 different “fire tom crean” twitter handles and yet some still don’t see a problem. Doubt that had anything to do with Lee to OSU, though.

  • ForeverIU

    It takes one schmuck to create a twitter handle. What does that say?

  • Jersey Hoosier

    You’re being sarcastic, right?

  • ForeverIU

    No.

  • SeeingRed

    We will never know what factors made the guy skip his remaining visits and pick OSU. And I don’t buy into this aiding the arch enemy BS as it relates to building and sustaining a program worthy of IU. It is up to CTC to get the job done, and like any high profile public figure his performance will be scrutinized.

    What his supporters or detractors talk about on forums or at the water cooler is meaningless. Fans do not land good players, coach them up or devise winning game plans. That’s what the guy getting paid 3 million a year does. Hopefully, he does a better job of that next season.

  • ronb

    I am confused( sometimes easily). Coach already had a 5 star- JBJ and a 4- RJ and MH a 3 and he is after JC who is a 4 and YM a 3 so how is is whole class a 3 star piece together? He could end up with a 5, 2-4’s and a 3.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    In that case, you are going to be one disappointed Hoosier fan.

  • Snookafly

    That’s a sweet new profile pic. Is that part of the new Yogi “onslaught” look?

  • Snookafly

    I don’t see JC as a legitimate 4-star type of player. I think that’s more a product of bumping up the ratings of everyone left on the board.

  • Snookafly

    His recruiting is highly overrated. People want to believe he’s a great recruiter because he’s our coach, but he’s an above average, niche guy.

  • Snookafly

    Can we please stop saying it’s okay that we didn’t make the post season because Kentucky didn’t either last year? They are currently beating our brains in and it’s killing me. Having to listen to excuses is just making it worse.

  • iuball11

    I used to love the conversations and everything here when people were allowed to speak their mind, but it really feels like the censorship has gone too far. Just because someone criticizes the program or state of it, it seems like that comment is deleted. It’s really taking this place away as the one free area to speak our minds and it sucks. Nothing anyone says here hurts anyone. Regardless of what you guys think, recruits don’t care what people say about them on boards or don’t read what people say about the program. You think that sort of thing really impacts a decision?

    Let me and other speak our minds again please. It’s annoying to try and follow convos where every other comment has been deleted.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    IT’S HANNERTIME!!!!!!
    LOL

  • ForeverIU

    Yep.

  • Alford Bailey

    Remember pUKe made the NIT even after losing their best player to injury. IU couldn’t even make the NIT because apparently some of our players didn’t want to play for the coach.

  • Alford Bailey

    He is currently a low 4 star. Iowa St. is the only other major program to offer which is a little concerning for me. I do like what I’ve seen so far, though.

  • PBzeer

    Kentucky – 15 offensive rebounds
    Michigan – 9 defensive rebounds

    As good a team as Michigan was on offense this year, it’s hard to win when the other team rebounds more of their misses than you do. (As well as more of your misses 17-11). And even if we had gotten Lee, I wonder where our rebounding (a necessity for transition play) is going to come from with the defense we put on the floor.

    As an aside, the worst thing to me about Kentucky winning is that it just further reinforces the one and done mentality.

  • ForeverIU

    Yante Maten at IU today …

  • IUMIKE1

    On Don Fischer’s pregame he always interviews the head coach or one of the assistant coaches from the team that IU is playing that night. Pretty sure it was Matta that Don Fischer said was the only coach to ignore his request for a short pregame interview and that he would not even make one of the assistants available for that in all the years that he had been doing radio. He went on to say that he had not ever done anything to Matta to be that way towards him that he was aware of.

  • ronb

    A 4 is a 4 is a 4. ESPN,composite 24/7, scout all have him at a 4 vs. your one opinion. I am sorry my friend but they all out rank your opinion. Also remember WS and VO were both 3 stars and they turned out very well to VO being great. He is the leading candidate for being NBA rookie of the year after being #2 lottery pick. Coach has a habit of finding good 3 star players. Right now IU’S 2014 class is ranked 17th above a whole lot of other great schools and that is based on 3 players. If he get s a good player even a 3 we will go up.

  • ronb

    Rivals shows that Mich. ST,OK,Texas and Mich, are all in the hunt I guess it all depends on what site u look on.

  • Alford Bailey

    The hate is there for a REASON dude and it ain’t because things are all rosy with the program. FYI, players don’t make a decision based on what fans say on Twitter. He met with Crean and he met with Matta. Nuff said.

  • Snookafly

    I am out ranked, but you say “a 4 is a 4 is a 4” like that actually means something. I’d like you to tell me what the stars exactly denote. I’d also like to know what it costs the scouts to give people stars or if there is any repercussions for just assigning random numbers. Did anyone else’s ranking drop so JC could move up? It doesn’t look like it. I assume a 5-star is someone with enough talent to play like a senior as an actual freshman, and usually there are only–maybe–25 in the whole country. After that it gets a little unclear. If a high number by the class ranking is a big deal to you then mission accomplished, but I’m not sold he’ll be able to contribute much right away.

  • Alford Bailey

    Apparently MSU just offered. Will be interesting….

  • ForeverIU

    That’s a great endorsement!

  • ForeverIU

    And Cunningham to announce on April 9.

  • Alford Bailey

    Except by all accounts MSU was his first choice all along. I think we are down to Cunningham a this point.

  • ronb

    I got your reply about ratings and JC. Look I am with you that the star system is over rated but this whole converation started from the comment that Coach would have a 3 star recruitment next year in your opinion. I was just pointing out that was not true. JBJ 5, RJ 4, Max 3 and JC would add a 4 based on the star thing that u brought up. I don’t care about the stars. You are the one that started it by saying in your opinion JC is a weak 4. The folks that rate these kids can be very wrong. JC may be a 2 or he could be a 5. Only Coach can decide, not fans, who he recruits but to say our whole 2014 class which was rated 17th in the nation was just 3 star players is not right. Vic was a 3 and so was WS while HWP was a 4 well the raters had that wrong so you just don’t know but IMHO we do have some players coming next year who will really help and I do not think Coach is done. Please I don’t like the rating anymore than you so can we just stop bating this back and forth? I no I am done. I am also real tired of hearing about last year and I will keep my comments to the Forum. No hard feelings and I am sorry if I upset you in anyway please forgive me.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    The definition of insanity is making the same choices and expecting a different result, CTC you need to look in the mirror really hard and embrace the fact that YOU need to change to get better. You are not our ONLY hope and you will be replaced if you fail next year. Learn it, live it, love it . . .

  • Snookafly

    Oh, no need to apologize– I didn’t mean to sound confrontational. Obviously there are some great players that are undervalued every year like Victor and Trey Burke, etc. I’m just a little dismayed about our scramble to fill a major void. When it’s this late in the year and we’re told this guy no ones heard of is shooting up the board it just sound a little too good to be true.

  • ForeverIU

    In his recent interview that ITH covered (the audio link), he acknowledged needing to change and learn from this past season. I don’t see where this notion that Crean is resistant to change is coming from. Of course he knows he will be replaced if he does not deliver the wins. If a coaching change happens, it is going to be swift and decisive so that the damage to the program as a whole is kept minimal, without hot seats and hullabaloos.

  • ForeverIU

    Onslaught is a bit funny, especially coming from Crean. I think sometimes he tries to compensate for his flimsy religious tweets by sounding tough. So what? I’m glad he’s aiming high. Yogi is going to be the most senior leader on the team.