After Watching Keita Bates-Diop's Progression From Afar, E.J. Liddell Hopes To Make A Similar Impact At Ohio State

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analyticalguy's picture

I like this kid's attitude. With this class, and the pieces already in place, the Buckeyes have a bright future.

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

Love it when basketball is exciting again. Holtmann is doing a fantastic job.

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brutus360's picture

I think we're all ready for this basketball team to take off. Maybe we need to be patient too. Gonna be hard though.

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

This coming season they may struggle a bit just because of their non-conference schedule and us being a young team but I suspect that by the end of the season we'll be a decent team with 20+ wins. This recruiting class is definitely geared for next year obviously.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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Sanantonefan's picture

Agreed--tough games right off the bat. It will take a while to figure out the rotation and who the go-to guys are since our top scorers from last year are gone, but we have talent and coach Holtman can coach! By tourney time we'll be dangerous (probably sooner).

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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Seattle Linga's picture

This kid just "Gets It" - we are so spoiled with Holtmann leading the way. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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TJG32's picture

Took the words right out of my mouth. Plus has “a give a damn” attitude too. Looking for big things from this young man. 

TG Proud Buckeye alumnus.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Never rests - always looking for ways to improve the program from all angles.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BuckNutChicago's picture

That is a great photo of the 3 recruits.  Let's hope they play well together (for at least one season) and dominate the B1G!

Go Buckeyes!!!

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ARMYBUCK's picture

Who they hang around and who they be around, that's the players I want to be around,” Liddell said. “People with good influences and not with outsiders telling them what to do and putting them in bad things. It's like the basketball team's all around each other and they all connect. It's not like certain guys sit outside the group.”

This is refreshing.  Kid seems like a class act.

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Buctor's picture

Hopefully that is being taught in all of OSU's sports too.  But it appears to definitely have sunk in with Mr Liddell.  Just gotta love that level of maturity in a HS Jr!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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brutus0717's picture

Are you quoting yourself now? /s

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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ARMYBUCK's picture

Yeah, I reckon I am, not purposely though.  Good catch eagle eye.

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brutus360's picture

At first I thought Liddell had his two fingers over Coach Holtmanns head.

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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KE's picture

Sort of unfortunate placement of that plant.

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Huskerbuck's picture

Great to have EJ on board!  Also great to have a coach and staff that excel at the game both on and off the court.  High character guys who recruits and parents can trust to maximize their potential both on and off the court.

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Shayla39's picture

Sounds like a great kid and really like his comments regarding TOSU.

Coach has done a really great job in a short time.

I never expected last years's team to excel as much as they did.

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IronPastor's picture

I am excited for what this class to join the Buckeyes.  I hope all 3 sign in the early period.

Welcome to the Family!

GEAUX BUCKEYES

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Hovenaut's picture

New foundation being set before our very eyes.

Really like Liddell, think he's going to have a great run in Columbus.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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awlinBrutus's picture

Holtman has been a home run so far for sure.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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DroneBuck's picture

Love this kid already! Buckeye Nation is excited to have you EJ!

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Finding a top 50 kid that is all in on the Buckeye brand is great.  The fact that the kid comes out of IL but has always loved the Buckeyes is awesome.

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ibuck's picture

It's fascinating to know that OSU football opened the way for an OSU hoops recruit.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

Interesting...

They said (Bates-Diop) had a lot of potential, but he never really got to use it until his senior year, until he got into coach Holtmann's offense,” Liddell said.

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Hard to shine on the court when the previous coach uses just a 6-man rotation many times. Keita was simply riding the pine most games...

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Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

This young man has a great attitude.  I also love it that he has always liked tOSU.

Go Bucks.

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WestsideCincy's picture

Wasn't there another recruiting photo where one of our coaches had something coming out of his head?  Or was that Urban?

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Zimmy07's picture

6 blocks a game seems like an awful lot.

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Daniel's picture

"but with a smaller guy, I can just bully my way down there and everything.”

I simply love this line.

Va Buck

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MN Buckeye's picture

This is a terrific kid with huge talent. As long as he doesn't emulate Draymond in every aspect.

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MauricXe's picture

Holtman's putting a good product on the court.

We just need to go to the games.

I try to make it out to at least 2 games a season.

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Sanitarian2's picture

This is not new, I was wondering why it wasn't in the Basketball section yesterday. It's GREAT news, absolutely amazing what coach has been able to do with recruiting this year.

Sani

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Chewbucca's picture

Let's hope E.J. turns out as well as Keita did over time.  That would certainly be a great result.

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teddyballgame's picture

Really impressed with the quick turnaround.  

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Los Buckeyes's picture

Best class since 2014, and so well diversified!

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Smudman's picture

Hey, what's growing out of Holtman's head? ;o)

Our Honor Defend we will Fight to the end for O-HI-O!

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