Ohio State basketball standout Jon Diebler and his father, former Upper Sandusky High School basketball coach and inspirational speaker Keith Diebler, spoke Tuesday to Tiffin Area Safety Council.
Keith was the scheduled speaker, but brought his son along for what he called "bonding time."
Keith said his son had been working in Las Vegas for the past four weeks with 25 others who hope to be selected in the upcoming NBA draft, scheduled for June 23.
Jon said his favorite player growing up was Mark Price of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he denied he ever had a favorite team.
He said he doesn't have a preference to which team he might be drafted, but Jon said he feels blessed to be able to participate in the process.
Jon said his fiancee joked about wanting him to end up in a warmer climate. In response, his father joked back, "his mom and dad have a preference in where he goes," Keith said.
Jon said he is to wed his fiancee in Columbus June 16 with some family and teammates attending. He said he believes there may be a lockout in professional basketball and in preparation, has moved his honeymoon to July as a result of his rigorous schedule up to that point.
Jon said he has been working in New Jersey, Oklahoma City and Portland as well as Las Vegas. He said it's like applying for a job. He said his schedule usually consists of flying the night before, getting up and eating breakfast, working out, then being interviewed by a half-dozen people.
The questions, said Jon, did not always relate to basketball, but about his family, how he would fit in with the team and what type of person he is.
Jon answered a question about Ohio State's football troubles and coach Jim Tressel, saying it is easy for a student-athlete to get caught up in someone trying to take advantage of him or her. He said it would take forever for students to learn all the rules the NCAA has for them.
Tressel obviously made mistakes, Jon said but added, "who hasn't."
Jon said he got to know Tressel at Ohio State and he praised the time he spent speaking with the former coach.
Following his father's lead at the meeting, Jon discussed his upbringing and how the positive influence of his parents made all the difference in the world, as well as how teamwork has dominated and worked in his life and got him to where he is today.
Keith gave four keys to teamwork: show respect and buy in; be positive, upbeat and trusting; be loyal to each other; and teams celebrate Buckeye style.
Keith said it is his belief that "we can all live our dream."