NBA Tells Buckeye To Pull Out Of Draft “Or Else”

Mark Titus is a guard for Ohio State with 30 minutes of playing time under his belt. (That’s 30 minutes total, not per game.) He lead the nation last year in 3 point percentage and points per shot (one shot taken, a successful three pointer). But he’s also got one of the best athlete blogs out there. So when he tongue-in-cheek announced his intention to enter the NBA draft, it promised to be a funny and instructive look at the draft process through a prospect’s eyes.

Mark Titus

But this is the NBA we’re talking about, so you knew they’d find a way to ruin everybody’s good time. They called Titus and told him to remove his name from the draft “or else.” Because god forbid they allow a kid to have a little fun.

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College Hoops Blogger Makes “Mockery” Of Draft

You’re probably familiar with Mark Titus, the Ohio State basketball walk-on whose CLUB TRILLION blog has made him something of a cult celebrity, mainly because it’s an honest and frequently painfully funny look at life on the end of the bench for a major college program. You might remember back in January when there was a big flap about NCAA violations regarding T-shirts he was selling on his blog, which turned out to be a non-issue.

Mark Titus

But now Titus has managed raise the ire of a group with even less of a sense of humor than the NCAA: THE DAGGER says after being asked by the NBA to stop blogging about the draft because they feared he “was making a mockery of the process,” the league has now informed him (through Ohio State’s Director of Basketball Operations) that he needs to remove his name from the NBA Draft entirely…”or else”. He’s not sure what the that means, but speculates he might be forced to star in an NBA Catalog video like Larry Bird in 1987:

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OSU Hoops Blogger Tricks Sites In Shirt Sale Flap

Former NBA 12th man Paul Shirley has made somewhat of a career out of being much better at writing about his experiences in basketball than actually playing basketball. And he’s spawned a protegĂ© in Columbus, as Ohio State junior walk-on Mark Titus has been entertaining the masses with a blog of his own this season.

Mark Titus

The site is called CLUB TRILLION, a nod to the term that refers to when you play in a basketball game but accumulate no stats. Titus cracks jokes, makes fun of people, and renders the Buckeyes’ beat writer completely useless. (Why would you want to read dry news stories when you can read about the various ways Titus messes with teammate Evan Turner?) But there were reports today that Titus’ site had raised the ire of the NCAA because he was selling merchandise. Will the NCAA shut down the club?

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