When J.J. Sullinger was leaving the Ohio State locker room after his final game with the Buckeyes, he had tears in his eyes and embraced his brother.
His message to Jared Sullinger, then an eighth grader, was simple.
"(J.J.) grabbed Jared and looked him right in the eyes and said, 'If this staff offers you a scholarship, you better go play for these guys,'" the boys' father and coach Satch Sullinger recounted. "When you oldest son tells you that, you throw out the whole evaluating process out the door. You just do it."
On Wednesday night, Ohio State offered the younger Sullinger and the family tradition continues as he verbally committed to the Big Ten power.
The younger brother was one of the top players in the 15 and under division at the King James Shooting Stars Classic and according to coach Sullinger, the 6-foot-7 power forward helped Columbus (Ohio) Northland finish the season at 24-1 and won a city championship.
Coach Sullinger compares his son, who just turned 15 in March, to outbound Florida star Al Horford but said "(Jared) can handle, shoot threes and take up strong under the basket. He's a heck of a rebounder."
Ohio State continues to recruit for the future, continuing the program's dominance of landing the state's top prospects.
The Buckeyes already hold five pledges in 2008
"They have a family approach to what they do. That's what they preach," coach Sullinger said. "Thad Matta is the head of the household and he shows the kids that play for him that he'll stand by them. He's always positive."