I do not think Thad needs fired but I would like to see him shake up his staff. I do not see a young, hungry staff. The only guy I would keep is Paulas. Boals and Dickerson appear like old dead weight that got fat and happy. There is a reason those guys haven't gone on and gotten their own gigs. I just feel like players aren't developed and that falls on your assistants putting the time in with guys. Ultimately, if Thad isn't willing to make some changes it will and should cost him his job. Just my opinion. Take Urban as an example - he wouldnt keep someone around not pulling their weight.
Good player. Glad he is going to be a Buckeye. Think the offer could have waited somewhat but recruiting these days has been accelerated tremendously. Goodwin at UA and the Jerome Hunter kid at Pick North will be interesting to watch and see how each develops locally. Central Ohio has some great talent coming through.
You're right. I apologize. Go Bucks!
As for Funderburk vs Ward I wish it was dancing ...
Right. I don't know why I try. Protect the program I guess. Take all the best Ohio High School talent and shove them to your favorite Prep school. Create a farm system for your program and forget about "kids" experiencing their senior years in hometowns that love and support them, not to mention their teammates, etc
Didn't tOSU football camp start this week? Back to your regularly scheduled programming!
Yeah. It might be becoming more and more common but your in state staff and your school doesn't have to promote it. The worse part of it all is Potter and Funderburk both got served by Nick Ward (MSU Commit) Gahanna ... Guess where Nick Ward will be playing next season ....?
Potter and Funderburke will still be a part of the 2016 class. They are just spending their senior years at Prep schools instead of their home High Schools. Just tOSU staff backdooring Ohio High School coaches to establish relationships w the Monteverde Academies of the world because tOSU knows they are going to have more ball players under the facade that those Prep schools are going to develop them more and go against better comp. It is a slap in the face to Ohio High School basketball.
As for Kobi Simmons I think we would need a schollie to open up. Maybe Lyle goes pro or someone transfers.
Rumor leaving St Ed's for Prep at OSU request
Can I just say Matta and company may have to go %100 out of state for recruits here soon if they keep sending Ohio State committed Ohio high school kids to out of state prep schools. Ohio High School coaches are going to take notice.
First Micah Potter and now Funderburk. Too much printed material about OSU football starting up this week for this to get any ink.
Not enough helmet stickers to start my own thread or I would. Prob doesn't belong here. But oh well ...
I don't want to sound like a negative nancy here but the kid is due to visit Kentucky at the end of August. I like the optimism but I'll believe it when I see it. Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, etc are pillars of college basketball throughout the years. Gonna be a tough one to pull off.
Wesson has led his squad to AAU national championship game to be played Sunday at 2:20 in Louisville, KY. The game will be live streamed on the link posted above.
Kaleb Wesson has been dominant this week at AAU Nationals in Louisville, KY. His 16U All Ohio Red squad can be followed on the live stream today on Court 15 at 2:20.
Here is the link:
Enjoy! O - H ..
Kaleb Wesson has been dominant this week at AAU Nationals in Louisville, KY. His 16U All Ohio Red squad can be followed on the live stream today on Court 1 at 2:20.
Here he is the link:
Enjoy! O - H ..
We'll see ... I hope it turns out. Buckeye fan first and foremost. I just dont see the rush to offer. He had zero offers. Plays next door to campus. Only explanation for the offer is his daddy and Boals go way back. Period. With limited schollies in upcoming classes it just didn't make sense IMO. And I actually do know a thing or two about recognizing talent.
I am not a huge fan of offering kids so early. This kid might be the real deal and by all means he appears to be so. The Goodwin offer and commitment is still mind boggling to me. We slow played so many Central Ohio kids over the years but not him?? He had no other offers. Is in our backyard. Made zero sense to throw him an offer. Maybe Goodwin will prove me wrong but I see a low to mid major talent. His game would fit in at a Davidson or Butler etc but he doesn't show the high ceiling or potential I expect to see at tOSU. Hope I am wrong.
I agree on the put up or shut up. Some of these guys are going to get weeded out. Would be very surprised if we don't see some attrition following the season once guys realize where they fall amongst one another. Just a lot of scholarship guys all underclassmen. Someone won't be happy. You can count on that. I would almost prefer some attention tbh so Matta and company can actually hit the recruiting trail. The way things sit right now we'll essentially be looking at this same roster for 3 more years. Better hope they bring the goods ...
Really happy to see an offer go out to a deserving Central Ohio kid. Kaleb has excellent feet and hands for a player of his size. He still needs to continue to develop his body and explosiveness to really impact at the next level. A lot of that will happen naturally as he continues to mature physically. Having seen him since his freshman year he has already significantly starting to slim down naturally but will benefit from a good strength and conditioning program.
I still struggle with the general slow play of Matta's staff with offering other Central Ohio talent. I know we can't get them all but kids like Nick Ward (MSU), Matt Moyer (Syracuse) and Ibi Watson (Indiana offer) are high major kids in our backyard who didn't get the attention early they deserved to keep other powers within conference at bay.
This is going to be a really interesting year. If the freshman can live up to all their hype and Thompson coming off his transfer year we will see a lot of new faces. Like many of you have already stated I believe Tate is the only lock to start. My projected lineup would look like this ...
PG - AJ Harris He is the only true point guard on the team. I loved DRuss so don't take this the wrong way but I look forward to a non-scoring first pg that just runs the show ala Mike Conley days
SG - Lyle He has the highest ceiling on this roster and the only kid w NBA early entry potential. Moving him off the ball and away from point will let him do what he does best which is score the basketball
SF - Tate His energy and effort as an undersized big last season was outstanding but at 6'4 it's time he expands his game outside the lane lines. An improved jumper will go a long way.
PF - Marc Loving let's not forget the numbers he was posting prior to his mishap. That mistake is behind him and it's time he lives up to his hype as a prototypical college stretch 4
C - Giddens one could easily argue Thompson here but I don't see a ton of separation between the two and if they are even close you got to roll w the youth.
Kam Williams, Bates-Diop, Mitchell, Thompson etc make for a lot of talented but unproven depth. We'll have to see if Matta can utilize his full bench or if he will continue to shrink his bench as the BigTen season starts as he is so known to do.
I was thinking I hadn't seen Noah Brown as well but I was wrong. If you watch Curtis Samuels first TD run on our first series against Illinois you will see Brown at the top of your screen come in and crack back block a LB'er. That's how you earn PT. If somebody could post the video it would be appreciated. I'm sure it got some love in the film room.
Has it been confirmed if he simply re-injured it at some point during camp or if the original surgery back in February just wasn't effective? I believe Braxton and basketball player Jae'Sean Tate had the same surgery, on the same day, with the same surgeon. Hoping Jae'Sean doesn't have the same post surgery issues Braxton had. Glad to see he is going to the best this time around to get this taken care of.
Chubby, The rumor mill got this one all twisted up. It should have sounded something along these lines. That Joe is not going to play basketball this season because his good friend and Athens best basketball player, Ibi Watson, who holds several mid major offers transferred to Pickerington Central.