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'19 OH SF Ben Roderick (Ohio Verbal)

Discussion in '2011 & Beyond Basketball Recruiting' started by brodybuck21, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ


    Height: 6'5"
    Weight: 185
    Hometown: Powell, OH
    School: Olentangy Liberty
    Position: Small Forward
  2. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Colin Hass-Hill on February 1, 2019 at 2:30 pm @chasshill


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    Ben Roderick felt the momentum. He saw what might be coming.

    As a junior at Olentangy Liberty in the spring of 2018, the recruitment for the high-scoring 6-foot-5 wing had picked up. He earned scholarship offers from a number of Mid-American Conference schools and other mid-major programs and had heard from teams in the Big Ten, including Ohio State.

    Though the Buckeyes hadn’t offered, he knew he had a chance to garner even more interest – and scholarships – from them and other teams by finishing his high school season strong and impressing on the AAU circuit.

    “I think the one game, I think it was the (Dublin) Coffman game, (Ohio State) came to see me play and it was my best game of the season,” Roderick said on Thursday. “I really thought things were going to ramp up there, and then, obviously, the injury happened.”

    The injury.

    The injury he says he has moved beyond. The injury he doesn’t particularly enjoy talking about. The injury that kept him out of action for eight months. The injury that suddenly halted the recruiting progress that had been ongoing since UT Martin mailed him a questionnaire during the summer after his freshman year of high school, marking the first time a college basketball program reached out to him.


    Though Roderick didn’t know when feeling the initial pain on Jan. 31, 2018, he had suffered a torn ACL.

    “ACL injuries, they swell up instantly and mine didn't, so I didn't think it would be that,” Roderick said on Thursday, marking the one-year anniversary of his injury. “But when I was walking, my knee would just give out. It just didn't feel right. I tried to go back in the game, I just really couldn't. A day later, I went to the doctor and he told me I had a torn ACL. We just went from there.”

    Roderick’s first milestone on the path to recovery came when he began walking without crutches. Four months after the injury, he began running on an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, which he say he thought was the “the coolest thing ever.” Shortly after, he began to walk, then run, on a regular treadmill. Next, his physical therapist allowed him to take jump shots on an indoor basketball hoop, which made him “the happiest kid on Earth.”
  3. buckeyes_rock

    buckeyes_rock Great day to be a Buckeye

    I read this article today as well. Anyone in town seen him play?
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    MARVYMARV14 Senior

    Last page of the recruiting thread
  5. nomatta

    nomatta Senior

    Scored 42 to hand Cincinnati Hughes their first home loss in 3 years, 79-77.

    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
  6. wigmon

    wigmon Junior

    I have not seen Roderick play, so for those who have, whats the difference between he and Ahrens? Usually if a guy is 6'5" and has good athleticism/quickness and can shoot and handle the ball, he's listed as a 2G. Both of these guys are generally referred to as small forwards. Ahrens can shoot and is a decent athlete, but I think his designation is because he doesn't handle the ball well enough to be considered a guard. Are Rodericks ball skills better?
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  7. nomatta

    nomatta Senior

    For basketball, I'd say Roderick is an average athlete, probably somewhat similar to Ahrens in that area. Ahrens has a quicker and higher release on his outside shot so projects to be a better sharpshooter than Roderick. Roderick's more of a well-rounded 3-level scorer who has smoother ball skills and a better mid-range game than Ahrens. Gets to the basket more, too. I think mainly his average quickness/athleticism is the reason he's regarded more as a SF than a 2G, you're not gonna want him defending opposing 2Gs in a man defense. Which is fine, that's what we have Luther for.

    Roderick does really need to work on his defensive effort and foot movement. I don't expect he will be much of a plus defender but he does have good length, so as long as he buys in on that end of the court I don't think he would be a major liability defending the 3, usually. Andre Wesson doesn't have great quickness but he uses his length and his effort to make it work defensively.
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  8. QualityLoss

    QualityLoss Sophmore

    More highlights of Roderick

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    MARVYMARV14 Senior

    Kid can def score but I'm still right on the edge with if they should offer or not... kid is definitely a 2 albeit a little slow of foot and I can see him one day being able to string together moves once he works diligently on his handle, I think that if he was slightly more explosive athletically I'd be all in.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2019
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  10. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    when you're an outgoing senior and no major program has offered despite you thinking you're good enough, you don't act like your college future is already in the bag. heck, not a single program anywhere has offered roderick since the fall of 2017.

    if i'm his father or his coach, i lay into him with an expletive-filled tirade that would make bobby knight blush. the second gif ticks me off more than pretty much anything i've seen from a high school recruit. his opponent is directly beside him and racing back with the ball in his hand, yet roderick thinks it's time to jog and raise the roof. pathetic.


    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
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  11. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    I suppose that would be one thing if you're Zion Williamson. But you are Ben Roderick, and you struggle to finish transition layups against average high school defenders. I'm not seeing the type of player OSU needs here.
  12. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    and there's the rub.

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  13. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    one thing we've learned this season is that we're deprived of explosive playmaking. looking forward to 2020, we'll need that and more ballhandling/distributing. i question both about roderick.

    the above video is just a snapshot of roderick and snapshots can be deceiving, but when you're already on the fence about adding a player for 2019, well...
  14. QualityLoss

    QualityLoss Sophmore

    Roderick won his district in game where he scored 29. According to twitter, Pedon was there watching. Feels like the staff has a hard decision here.
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  15. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Bring Back Ohio State Football Now!

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    Nothing really earth shattering. Xavier, Dayton, and Butler listed along with Ohio State. I would think some MAC schools are also involved.
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