Ohio State Buckeyes center Jared Sullinger has been medically red flagged by NBA doctors, multiple league sources told ESPN.com's Chad Ford. Sullinger underwent a battery of medical tests at last week's draft combine and the doctors who examined the big man were concerned about his back.
A number team doctors have reviewed the information and have told their front office staff that Sullinger's back issues could shorten his NBA career and some have even advised their teams to avoid taking him in the first round. David Falk, who represents Sullinger, declined comment on the story when contacted. Sullinger's father, Satch Sullinger, insists that the problem isn't serious.
Sullinger missed two games for Ohio State in early December with back spasms. Hoops Rumors' inaugural mock draft has the sophomore going No. 15 to the 76ers.
The Buckeyes standout isn't the first top prospect to be red flagged by NBA doctors and Ford points to Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair's freefall in 2009 which sent him out of the lottery all the way to the Spurs in the second round.