LeBron James reportedly to give Ohio State a speech before Wisconsin game

Steve Dykes

The Buckeyes should get an even bigger recruiting boost from their prime time rivalry game than expected, with King James in the building.

Noted Ohio native LeBron James will be on the sidelines in Columbus when No. 4 Ohio State takes on No. 23 Wisconsin, according to BuckeyeSports.com's Ben Axelrod. He's also reportedly planning to give the Buckeyes a pregame speech, which will surely be about not worrying. Or maybe just a minute of silence followed by a dunk on a wayward Mike Bibby.

Fine timing for the Bucks, who expect to have scads of football recruits spanning four classes in the house, plus six four-star basketball recruits, all of whom are certain to be awed by the world's best basketball player.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer professes to be a big fan of James' (and once tried to recruit him as a football player, which did not go anywhere at all), as he made known at last year's Big Ten Media Days:

"When I see LeBron James, I hear that criticism, I do know LeBron, not very well, but what are we talking about? You are talking about the perfect opportunity to get turned right or turned left. But he's one of the most driven human beings I've ever seen. He won't allow his team to. And I love using those examples we have and I love showing them, because our guys look up to them and there are other great players that don't have it. It doesn't mean they aren't good people, but they don't have that focus.

"During the Finals it was LeBron this and LeBron that. What are they talking about? Give me all kinds of LeBrons. Do you see the way he articulates, the way he treats people, the way he focuses? Those leadership meetings, those videos, his face is plastered all over. First, our guys admire him and the head coach really admires him and he's a great role model. To me, he and Jordan are the two that just separate."

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