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)According to a tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Boston Celtics forward and former Ohio State Buckeye Jared Sullinger appears to be on track to play this season, after saying today that he was cleared for basketball activity last week. Washburn tweeted the following earlier today.
Jared Sullinger said he was cleared for full basketball activity last week and should be ready by start of training camp #celtics
The 21-year-old played in 45 games for Boston last season, starting five of them. He averaged six points to go along with 5.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. He was beginning to find a groove on the court, but all that came to a screeching halt when it was announced on February 2 that he would miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.
Although he played only two seasons of collegiate basketball, he made his mark in a short period of time. In his first year alone (2011), the freshman sensation was a Naismith Award Finalist, Wooden Award Finalist, the Sporting News Freshman of the Year, garnered USBWA First Team All-America honors, named as the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year, named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, and selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
He followed up an impressive freshman campaign with an equally stellar sophomore one in 2012 as he was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten (Coaches/Media) team, named to the Preseason Top 50 Wooden Award list, given the Preseason Naismith Award, and named the Preseason Player of the Year (Big Ten, CBSSports.com, USBWA).
On the court he led the Buckeyes to a 31-8 record in 2012 and all the way to the Final Four where they lost to the Kansas Jayhawks by a 64-62 score.
Now, as Boston undergoes the rebuilding processes both on and off the court, this is encouraging news for a young rebuilding team that will need as many contributions as possible in order to smooth inevitable growing pains.