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Hello, My Name is Derek Upp. One of my interests is the Ohio State Basketball Operations. The interest of Ohio State basketball all began in 2004. I originally got involved after my first invitation to Wall to Wall Sports.During that show I got to meet the center, Terence Dials. After meeting him, he told me to stop by the schottenstein center because there was a new coach coming. After going there, that is when I met Thad Matta. Since 2004, Thad Matta and the whole basketball Operations have told me it is an open door policy.

Ever Since the year 2004, there hasn't been many home games that I have missed. The whole staff at Ohio State Basketball has let me be a part of the team. I have been around many great players through the years. Some of them who I have had the opportunity to meet include Greg Oden, Mike Conley, JJ Sullinger, Jamar Butler, and Evan Turner. I have had the opportunity to sit on the floor across from the OSU players. Seeing the players and staff has made me want to transfer and become a buckeye.

Even though I am currently a student at Ohio University Lancaster, I hope to transfer to Ohio State University next fall. Both the Coaching staff and employees at the Schottenstein Center have always told me that whenever I want to transfer I can have a job. I am so thankful for the opportunity they have given me to be able to go up and do things that I enjoy. I hope that one day to become a coach for either football or basketball.ohiostate

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