Cleveland Cavaliers Drafting Hometown Kid David Lighty from OSU?

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Former Ohio State Buckeyes wing David Lighty, the last member of the “Thad Five” to enter the NBA, grew up a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

Lighty talked at the NBA Draft combine about the prospect of playing for his hometown team.

“I’m pretty sure I will work out with the cleveland cavaliers, but I’m not sure when. It’s getting set up as we speak,” Lighty said.

“It would be pretty big, I know my mother and grandmother would love it. I would love it as well, to grow up there, go to Ohio State. It would be something that’s rare for a player- never leaving the state.”

Very true. It’s hard to think of many players who have done that, played all their basketball in the same state. Playing college basketball and professional in the same area doesn’t even happen all too often.

By Paul M. Banks

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Can Ohio State go all the way?

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Katie Witham, Ohio State reporter for the Big Ten Network, discusses OSU potential with fellow Buckeye expert Paul M. Banks

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(PMB) The Buckeyes have been placed into my regional each of the past 3 weekends, so after spending so much quality time with Thad Matta lately, (this following a season covering two Big Ten teams: Illinois and Northwestern) I sort of feel like I’ve earned my Master’s in OSU b-ball, and I may be a doctoral candidate if they reach Indy. I imagine, due to your work with the Big Ten Network, you’re maybe in the same place?ohio state buckeyes

(KW) Definitely!  But we’re being paid to watch and talk about sports so can we really complain?! I consider myself extremely fortunate to be doing what I’m doing.  Ohio State is known for their excellence in all of their athletic programs and Thad Matta is one of most amiable and genuine coaches I have ever had the chance to interview.

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Don’t take Lightly the Buckeyes’ David Lighty

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By Paul M. Banks

With all the attention on Naismith Award favorite Evan Turner, a few Ohio State Buckeyes often go overlooked. And there are three on the current squad who have a good chance of joining Turner in the NBA in the next couple of years. So I took it upon myself to profile and interview the forgotten Buckeyes. Next we look at swingman, David Lighty.

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