The Ohio State Buckeyes made it to the 2012 NCAA Final Four, and were just three points shy of sealing the deal to play for a national title against Kentucky and its squad of future NBA picks.
It's an experience that any athlete would love to be a part of, right? However for some, just being able to "experience" that success is not good enough.
The Buckeyes finished the season 31-8. They were Co-Champions of the Big Ten Conference and I wish I could say Big Ten Tournament Champions, but that was not the case. Thanks to poor defensive execution down the stretch as the Spartans claimed the title.
With that said, for two Buckeyes, J.D. Weatherspoon and Jordan Sibert, just being a part of a Final Four team is not ok.
While both were very complimentary of the OSU organization and their leader Thad Matta, their desire to see the hardwood more than 3 minutes a game means more. How could you blame them? These two, now former Buckeyes, said it best, "I want to be in a program where I can make an impact on the court."
Some student-athletes thrive over confetti falling, and being able to adopt a new wardrobe after winning a championship, even if they appear to be just a "practice player."
However for others, the dream of winning a championship contains a different vision.
That vision has led J.D. Weatherspoon to The University of Toledo this past weekend. It's a possible place for him to finally make that "impact" he has been waiting for on the court. I don't know what you are thinking, but if you add Weatherspoon's quickness, vertical leap, and winning mentality to this new Rocket Men's Program - 2 seasons from now; I am speechless.
I think opinions about being banned from the 2013 post season will quickly vanish after my prediction of a sweet post-season run for the Rockets in 2014.
What is that saying about patience: Good Things Come To Those Who Wait!!!