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Nick Dials turns down OSU 1 year scholarship


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The timing seems fishy....but oh well, good luck to ya.

Dials leaves Buckeyes, cites scholarship concern
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Bob Baptist


Nick Dials did not want to spend another year on scholarship at Ohio State wondering whether he would have to pay his own way the next. Coach Jim O’Brien was not willing to commit to Dials for more than one year at a time. So Dials will look for another place to play college basketball.

Dials’ father, Olen, said last night that his son has asked O’Brien to release him from his scholarship so he can transfer to another school that will agree to have him on scholarship for his remaining three years of eligibility.

"(O’Brien) offered him a oneyear scholarship like he did last year," Olen Dials said. "Nick told him he didn’t want to go through this every year, not knowing what’s going to happen to him."

Dials, a hustling, hard-nosed 6-foot-1 guard from Willard, Ohio, agreed last spring to walk on because he was dissatisfied with the offers he received from mid- and low-major NCAA Division I schools. He received a scholarship when one became available before the season, but for only one year.

Dials said in March that he could not afford to pay for school and would transfer if no scholarships were available for the 2004-05 season. When Malik Hairston of Detroit turned down the Buckeyes last week, O’Brien offered the grant to Dials rather than pursue other players who had called Ohio State this spring about the possibility of transferring.

For that reason, O’Brien was not pleased when Dials opted not to take the scholarship offer. But he said he will not refuse to release him.

"I’m never going to prevent a kid from going someplace else if he doesn’t want to be here," O’Brien said. "What we do now with the scholarship, I really don’t know."

The monthlong spring signing period ended yesterday.

Dials played in 19 games and started nine for Ohio State as a freshman. He became a crowd favorite by bringing needed hustle to the backcourt and finished with the best assists-toturnovers differential (40-14) on the team.

He made 47.6 percent of his three-point shots during the nonconference schedule but only 21.1 percent during Big Ten play. That was due in part to a stress fracture in his right wrist he suffered against Indiana on Jan. 20. He played three more games before it was diagnosed.

"We’re really grateful to Ohio State for giving Nick the chance to prove himself on scholarship," Olen Dials said. "He liked playing for the fans. There are a lot of good memories there for him."

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I have mixed feelings about his decision. He said he's concerned about a scholarship on a year-to-year basis. Well, all scholarships are like that. Granted, most are pretty much understood as being for the whole ride, but that still doesn't guarantee anything...even a superstar can be released from scholarship if he starts playing like shit and is no longer an asset to the team. He already received one one-year scholarship and was offered another. That's half his education at Ohio State. Even if he weren't offered one next year, he'd have two years of college and playing experience at Ohio State instead of one which would make him more "marketable" to another school. However, chances are that if he played well this season--his second for us--that he'd have a much better chance of locking down that third-year scholly. Nothing in life is guaranteed, son, so learn to deal with the real world.
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I don't blame him a bit. Nothing like being told you were the second choice and you probably will be again next year. Reminds me of the Dread Pirate Roberts in Princess Bride... "Good work today son. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

Anyway, I just wish he could have made his mind up before today. I agree the timing seems suspicious.
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We'll see if it is smart or not... depends who is willing to sign him... if there aren't any big schools that go looking for him, it was a mistake... if a big school offers him, then good for him (granted most of the schools just used up the scholies as the signing period is now over... so I would guess that most suiters don't have room for him right now...)...
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Somebody will find room for him, he'll end up somewhere in the MAC and be a nice ball player. I know he played pretty well at OSU last year, but face it, that team was horrible. If OSU wants to make it back to the dance, Dials is not a person to lead a team there. He's got heart and I take my hat off to him for trying, but he is not Big 10 material.
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I think Dials made the right choice based on the low amount of minutes he is looking at getting this year. We have two new guards who are sure to take minutes from him.

*Foster is a savvy 6'2 sg who can do all that Dials can but is a beast going to the rim and a defensive specialist as well.

*Butler is the bigtime pg coming in who is Scoonie and Darby like and may lead this team right away.

Dials would not have had te chance to earn a schollie for next season. imo
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