Sullinger, Turner finally set to team up

BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger will always wonder what might have been if Evan Turner had returned for his senior season at Ohio State.

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Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger will finally get to be teammates in Boston.Sullinger sounds fairly certain that the Buckeyes would have competed for a national championship. Even after Turner leaped to the NBA, Ohio State won its first 24 games of that 2010-11 season and earned the top seed in the East before being upset by Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

The two are finally set to team up this season for the Celtics. Turner's signing isn't official yet, but Sullinger is excited to soon have another Buckeye in Boston.

"We were talking about [missing each other at Ohio State] a couple weeks ago," Sullinger said Friday after leading a youth basketball clinic at Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. "If it wasn’t for the lockout the following season, [Turner] probably would have stayed for his senior year and the team we would have had my freshman year would have been special."

The two players worked out together at Ohio State this summer with Turner posting a snapshot of him and Sullinger on Instagram after the duo scrimmaged some current members of the Ohio State squad. Sullinger said both he and Turner are excited about the potential to play together.

But Sullinger also acknowledges that Turner's stock is low at the moment after he faded from Indiana's playoff rotation despite being acquired from Philadelphia for a postseason push last season, but expects big things from him.

“I think everyone is down on him because of how the trade happened and what happened in the trade and how Indiana played," said Sullinger. "I think people misunderstand Evan. He’s a great basketball player, great teammate. I’ve known him for years, he’s all about winning. That’s his main goal. We bring a great opportunity for him."