10 Biggest Questions Facing Ohio State Basketball This Offseason

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I think the No. 1 and No. 1A questions for this team are who will be the secondary scorers to Kaleb Wesson? We didnt have anyone fill the scoring void from KBD leaving last year and it really hurt the team in January/February. Just shows you what a great coach Holtmann is and what great defense we played last year to win 20 games, make the NCAA, and beat 5th-seeded Iowa State without much of an offense. Hopefully Coach Holtmann and his staff have been able to develop Washington, Muhammad, Ahrens, Young, and Andre Wesson enough offensively since March. Not worried about the defense at all.

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Surprised that Muhammad wasn’t mentioned as a potential leader. He’s vocal and he’s a bulldog. Plus he stayed engaged when his playing time decreased. I expect greater consistency from him this season.

And despite the understandable infatuation with the talented newcomers, I could easily see a starting five that includes Muhammad, Jallow, Andre, and Kaleb with one PG. but I think the lineup will be fluid to start the season.

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TraptnMI's picture

Hope to hell Jallow worked his ass off this off season  working on ball handling and dribble drive using his left hand somewhat. The rest of his game is solid.

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AC's picture

Jallows ball handling needs to improve (as does his shot), but his decision making is what’s really holding him back imo. A lot of times the game looks like it’s moving too fast for him and it has led to some really bad turnovers. Hopefully having his first full off-season will allow him to put all the pieces together. 

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TraptnMI's picture

Yea, I like what you say there. So much athleticism, He surely needs to get his mind right and gain confidence. Does look like he’s just trying not to mess up on offense

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Jallow's biggest asset is when he decides to drive to the rim with authority. He needs to be able to separate when he's one on one with the defender. It's all mental with him at this point. If he becomes aggressive (like slam thompson) he will be unstoppable.

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TraptnMI's picture

I’d love to see it. Fingers crossed 

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Keze's picture

The biggest question IMO is who will step up and become our go to man when we need a bucket.

Didn't have one last year. We need that man to step up.

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tbirnbrich's picture

I think Gaffney will get a lot of PT. While he is not built yet, he is such a talented player (built in a similar way to Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant). If he can hit his shots and drive the lane his upside is by far the highest of anyone on this team. Hopefully Holtmann can help him reach it.

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stxbuck's picture

It will be interesting to see if Holtman gives Gaffney minutes/expectations as a skinny 4, or lets him freelance out on the wing.

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Sanitarian2's picture

We will find out in the 20-21 season.

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Dstacify's picture

The title of this article scared me at first. I thought it was a breaking news story that the OSU basketball program was being accused of recruiting violations lol.

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

Development. Everything depends on that this year. Who plays, who will step up, etc. As stated, we have 12 guys who could theoretically play. It’s all gonna depend on who takes that next step.

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wigmon's picture

As covered in the article, there are a lot of question marks which is somewhat understandable with a young team and one that ended the season last year with a bunch of question marks.  But, on looking specifically at PT, I wouldn't peg Young in at just the PF spot.  I believe he will get more minutes at the 5 (probably about 10-12) than he will at the 4.  I don't think Diallo is ready for this level of competition and will play only in certain situations, not part of the rotation.

Also, I think Wesson and Gaffney split time at the 3 and 4.  Now, obviously some of that is dependent on other factors, but with Young playing a fair amount at the 5, there will be minutes available at the 4 and I think Jallow and Ahrens will see some time at the 3 (how much is the question).  I don't really see Jallow playing much 2G unless his ball handling improves drastically or a couple of the guards just aren't getting it done. 

Rotation is going to be something interesting to watch as there are just so many possibilities and no one other than Kaleb having an entirely defined role (he's our starting center that will play as much as his conditioning and foul situation allows).  I mean if Washington and Muhammad really improve, I could see us playing a lot of small lineups.  If Ahrens and/or Jallow expand their games, then Andre could be pushed down more to the 4 and see his minutes squeezed.  How ready are the frosh forwards?  IF they are ahead of the curve, what does that mean for Young and Wesson?   There are dozens of possibilities for how the rotation could look.

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nomatta's picture

I agree with this assessment

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stxbuck's picture

If the 18-19' team could muddle through to the 2nd round of NCAA tourney, I don't think mental toughness/expectations will be a problem for this group. Last year's team wasn't bad-they just weren't "better" than a lot of the B10-on paper and on court, and the on court results showed.

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ibuck's picture

With all the star-power, recruiting hype and Holtmann adulation, this stood out for me:

"Old wins in college basketball," Holtmann said a month ago. "We know that. Look at the teams that advance and the teams that have won the Big Ten. I would challenge you to tell me how many of those teams have been really young teams in the last five or 10 years. We need to get old. That will take some time. We aren’t there yet. That’s kind of how we planned it, too. We knew there would be a process to getting old."

Most guys really start to shine their junior year, when the coaching and experience more fully kick in, as happened with Keita Bates-Diop. Guys like D'Angelo Russell are rare. Until these Buckeyes get good at playing well—and consistently—in a tough league, outsized expectations may disappoint.

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wigmon's picture

The difficulty in building that is not many top 50 guys want to come in and not play a whole lot their first year or two.  Obviously playing time will be interesting with literally 11 guys that could play some sort of regular role, but we have 3 top 50 players that I assume are coming in expecting minutes.  Schools like UNC, Kansas, MSU and now maybe Villanova have figured out some method for getting good players who are content to wait their turn.  I would say the only way to be able to sustain that is to continue winning and challenge for national titles.  Kids don't want to sit around unless the program is very successful and developing NBA players.

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stxbuck's picture

Holtman is absolutely correct. Programs like MSU, Villanova and Kansas recruit a mixture of one n' done and top 50-150 kids. If a kid is a good shooter or a well built banger, but isn't super/1st round athletic, there is a good chance they will stick around for multiple years and provide a solid foundation, which the 1 n' done types compliment. 1st round-but not 1 n' done caliber-players-will stick around in solid programs-and Holtman can build that type of program.

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Go Buckeyes14's picture

I feel like a reasonable expectation for this season is a top five finish in the B1G and making it through the first weekend of the tournament. Anything else would be gravy. I'm not crazed enough to think that this team is going to win the Big Ten and make the Final Four.

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Sanitarian2's picture

If this team doesn't finish in the top three in the Big Ten I expect some significant concern on this forum.

Sani

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rdalchemy's picture

I'm just excited to be thinking Buckeye basketball again. Hell it's July! Holtman has everyone expecting a good team and it's great to be able to have expectations again. 

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