Choose Best Single-Season Performance In Ohio State Men's Basketball History


UPDATED: Sunday February 28, 2010 9:39 AM

Ohio State junior guard Evan Turner's amazing season has some wondering whether he's had the best single-season performance in school history.

Let's look at some of the best seasons ever at Ohio State.

Greg Oden (2006-07), the top recruit in the country in 2006, lived up to the billing at Ohio State in just 32 career games, all as a freshman. Some of the honors Oden received included Big Ten Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, national Defensive Player of the Year, and First-Team All-American according to the Associated Press.

The Indianapolis native averaged 15.6 points per game, as well as 9.6 rebounds per contest. He led the Buckeyes in both categories, while leading the Big Ten in rebounds and blocks (3.3 per game).

Oden helped the Buckeyes finish the regular season as the number one team in the nation. Ohio State lost in the NCAA Championship game to Florida, finishing the year 35-4.

Scoonie Penn's (1999-2000) senior season earned him second team All-American honors, as he helped lead the Buckeyes to a share of the Big Ten title (since vacated). The Boston College transfer averaged 15.6 points per game, while leading OSU in assists (4.3) and steals (2.2)

Penn also won the Francis Pomeroy Award, presented to the nation's top player that is six feet tall or under.

As sophomore, Michael Redd (1998-99) was the Buckeyes' top scorer, averaging 19.5 points a game. He also chipped in with 5.6 rebounds per contest.

The Columbus native had a better statistical season as a true freshman the year before when OSU went 8-22. In 1999, the Buckeyes turned it around with a 27-9 record that included a trip to the Final Four (once again, later vacated).

Jim Jackson (1991-92) was named the UPI's Player of the Year in 1992, after leading Ohio State to its second straight Big Ten title. The Toledo native was also the Big Ten's Player of the Year, and a consensus All-American.

His 22.4 scoring average was tops in the conference, and his 6.8 rebounds per game was tops among Buckeyes. A complete player, JJ also dished our four assists a game as well. Ohio State came within one game of reaching the Final Four in Jackson's junior year, winding up with a 26-6 record and the school's first outright Big Ten title in 21 years.

Despite a neck injury that sidelined him the final 10 games of his OSU career, the diminutive Jay Burson (1988-89) was still First-Team All-Big Ten thanks to his 22.1 scoring average. The New Concord native also averaged four assists and two steals a game.

Dennis Hopson (1986-87) holds the record for the most points ever scored in a single season with 958 his senior season. The second-team All-American was second in the country with a 29.0 PPG scoring average. The Big Ten's Player of the Year also led Ohio State in rebounding (8.2) and blocks, while averaging more than two steals a game.

Brad Sellers (1985-86), the big man from Warrensville Heights, was the last Buckeye to average in double-figures for rebounding in a season (12.6), a figure good enough to pace the Big Ten. As a senior, his 19.8 scoring average was second on the team, while he was first in blocks (2.9). The All-Big Ten performer helped the Buckeyes capture the NIT Championship in 1986.

Clark Kellogg (1981-82),  Special K, was truly special his junior season on the way to being named the Big Ten's MVP. Kellogg led OSU in scoring (16.1 PPG) and led the conference in rebounding (10.5). The Buckeyes were 21-10 that year, reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Toledo product Kelvin Ransey (1978-79) led Ohio State in scoring (2.14 PPG), assists (3.6) and steals (1.7) on his way to All-Big Ten honors. The junior was also named Third-Team All-American, as Ohio State completed a 19-12 season.

That same season, Columbus (Marion-Franklin) sophomore Herb Williams (1978-79) also turned in a stellar campaign. The center averaged exactly 20 points a contest, and topped the Buckeyes in rebounds (10.5) and blocks (2.6).
 
Sharp-shooting guard Allan Hornyak (1972-73) from Bellaire averaged 24 points per game his senior season, earning All-Big Ten and Third-Team All-American honors. Hornyak chipped in 3.7 rebounds per contest as well.

Replacing Bill Hosket in the middle wasn't an easy task, but Dave Sorenson (1969-70) was up to it. Third-Team All-American as a junior in 1969, Sorenson's senior year was just as good, resulting in an All-Big Ten nod. The Findlay native led the Buckeyes in scoring (24.2) and rebounding (9.0) in 1970.

Behind Dayton product, Bill Hosket (1967-68), the Buckeyes reached the Final Four in 1968. Hosket averaged 20.1 PPG and 11.4 RPG in earning All-Big Ten honors.

Gary Bradds (1963-64), was nothing short of impressive his senior season, averaging 30.6 PPG, and 13.4 rebounds per contest. The Big Ten and National Player of the Year, Bradds recorded six straight games with 40 or more points including a school record 49 against Illinois. The Jamestown native totaled 735 points in just 24 games, to lead the Big Ten in scoring.

While all three of Jerry Lucas' (1959-60) varsity seasons were outstanding, his sophomore campaign particularly stands out. He averaged a career best 26.3 PPG to go with 16.3 rebounds a game, both of which were best on among the Bucks. On top of that, Lucas made nearly 64% of his shots, still an OSU single season record.

Lucas led the Buckeyes to the school's only NCAA Championship, earning Most Outstanding Player honors along the way.

Before swatting 382 career major league home runs, Frank Howard (1956-57) was a two-sport star at Ohio State. The Columbus South product put up some impressive stats at State, as well. Howard averaged 20.1 points a game, and 15.3 rebounds per as a junior, both tops on the team.

Howard went on to be named All-Big Ten and Second-Team All-American.

The greatest single-season scoring average belongs to Columbus native Robin Freeman (1955-56), who averaged a Big Ten-best 32.9 a contest his senior year. In just 22 games, Freeman torched the nets for 723 points.

Considered the first OSU player to use a jump-shot, Freeman was named First-Team All-America and First-Team All-Big Ten.

With 23.4 PPG, Paul Ebert (1953-54) led the Buckeyes in scoring as a senior. He was named All-Big Ten.

First-Team All-American Dick Schnittker (1949-50) from Sandusky led the Buckeyes in scoring as a senior, averaging 21.3 PPG.

Jimmy Hull (1938-39) led the Big Ten in scoring with 14.1 PPG in conference play, and was also named All-American. He led the Buckeyes to the first-ever NCAA Championship game, and despite the loss to Oregon, he was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player with a 19.1 PPG average.

Complete statistics are not available from back then, but Johnny Miner (1924-25) was the first player to be named All-America at Ohio State. He led the Big Ten in scoring, with 133 points in conference play.

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