Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger will not get to sit in the green room for the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28 at the Prudential Center, ESPN.com reports. NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said that the league has received reports that Sullinger is not likely to be draft in the Top 15. Only potential lottery picks earn invites.
Sullinger will wait to hear his name called from a Columbus, OH, restaurant instead. His father and high school coach, Satch Sullinger, said that his son isn't discouraged by the snub.
"He wants the opportunity to play," Satch Sullinger said. "He knows he'll play in the NBA. All it does is give him motivation. This just keeps him hungry and he'll earn it. It's a business. He's going to play in the NBA, whatever number he goes doesn't matter. He's going to be like a top five pick in the NBA."
Jared Sullinger's stock has fallen since the end of his sophomore season with the Buckeyes due to perceived back problems. Sullinger's camp maintains that the issue is only muscular, and is not a disk problem.
The official list green-room list will be released by the NBA on Tuesday.
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