April 25, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Ohio State junior Michael Redd has decided to forgo his senior season at The Ohio State University to pursue a career in the NBA.
Redd, a 6-foot, 6-inch guard from Columbus, Ohio, is fifth all-time in career scoring at Ohio State with 1,879 in just three seasons as a Buckeye.
He also ranks among the Top 10 in several other statistical categories, including 3-point field goals (4th), 3-point field goals attempted (4), field goals (5), steals (7), scoring average (7) and games started (8-T).
Redd becomes just the third Buckeye to leave school with senior eligibility. He follows in the footsteps of Jim Jackson, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Mavericks following his junior season in 1992, and Clark Kellogg, who left following his junior season as well. Kellogg was drafted in the first round with the eighth pick by the Indiana Pacers.
Redd said he went through a long process before making his decision, which was made about three weeks ago.
“I thought about staying,” Redd said. “It was a consideration. But I felt that (leaving) was the best thing for me.”
Redd said there were reasons to stay at Ohio State.
“The fans here had a lot to do with (the consideration to stay),” Redd said. “The possible records I could reach and there is going to be a good team next year.”
The opportunity to perform at the professional level was the draw that finally solidified the decision to leave Ohio State.
“I have a love for the game,” Redd said. “People said (leaving) was about the money. That has nothing to do with it. Playing at the next level has been a dream of mine since I was 2.”
Redd said he will be back on campus, though not in an OSU basketball uniform.
“I plan on coming back and getting my degree,” Redd said. “You need that in this world.”
Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head coach, said he and the OSU coaching staff will dwell on what Redd helped accomplish the last three seasons rather than what could happen.
“This is a terrific day for Michael and his family,” O’Brien said. “We will be focusing on the success we enjoyed the last two years. Michael was no small part of that success.”
Redd leaves the OSU program after Big Ten coaches voted him First Team All-Big Ten following his junior season. He led the Buckeyes in scoring with a 17.3 scoring average last year. He also led the squad in rebounding with 6.5 boards a contest.
Redd has led the Buckeyes in scoring in each of his three seasons at Ohio State. As a sophomore, he helped guide the Buckeyes to the program’s ninth Final Four appearance with a 19.5 scoring average.
As a freshman, he was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after leading the league in scoring with 21.9 points a game. He owns the distinction as being the only true freshman ever to lead the Big Ten in scoring.
Redd is one of 38 Buckeyes to score 1,000 or more points in his career. He became the second fastest OSU player to reach 1,000 points last year in his 49th game as a Buckeye. The record is 38 games, held by the legendary Jerry Lucas.
Ohio State’s First Round NBA Draft Picks Year Player (Yrs. at OSU) NBA (Pick) 1992 Jim Jackson (1990-92) Dallas Mavericks (4)* 1987 Dennis Hopson (1984-87) New Jersey Nets (3) 1986 Brad Sellers (1985-86) Chicago Bulls (9) 1984 Tony Campbell (1981-84) Detroit Pistons (20) 1982 Clark Kellogg (1980-82) Indiana Pacers (8)* 1981 Herb Williams (1978-81) Indiana Pacers (14) 1980 Kelvin Ransey (1977-80) Chicago Bulls (4) 1971 Jim Cleamons (1969-71) Los Angles Lakers (13) 1968 Bill Hosket (1966-68) New York Knicks (10) 1964 Gray Bradds (1962-64) Baltimore Bullets (3) 1962 Jerry Lucas (1960-62) Cincinnati Royals (6) 1962 John Havlicek (1960-62) Boston Celtics (9) 1961 Larry Siegfried (1959-61) Cincinnati Royals (3) 1950 Dick Schnittker (1948-50) Washingon (5) 1947 Paul Huston (1945-47) Chicago (8) 1947 John Underman (1946-47) St. Louis (7)
*Players to forgo senior eligibility to enter NBA Draft
Ohio State Career Scoring Leaders Rk Players (Lettered) Total 1. Dennis Hopson (1984-87) 2,096 2. Herb Williams (78-81) 2,011 3. Jerry Lucas (60-62) 1,990 4. Kelvin Ransey (77-80) 1,934 5. Michael Redd (98- ) 1,879 6. Jim Jackson (90-92) 1,785 7. Jay Burson (86-89) 1,756 8. Dave Sorenson (68-70) 1,622 9. Perry Carter (88-91) 1,613 10. Robin Freeman (54-56) 1,597
Redd’s Career Statistics Redd in Career OSU Rank FGA 1,562 3rd 3FGs 126 4th 3FGA 395 4th Points 1,879 5th FGs 699 5th Steals 149 7th Scoring Avg. 19.6 7th Games Started 96 8th (T)