Ohio State has found its replacement for Terry Johnson.
Chris Holtmann will hire Tony Skinn as the Buckeyes’ third assistant coach, a source confirmed to Eleven Warriors. Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press was the first to report the move. He joins Ryan Pedon and Jake Diebler on the bench, filling the three-man assistant staff.
Skinn, a fast-riser in the industry, spent the past three years as an assistant coach for Seton Hall where he worked under Kevin Willard. The 38-year-old Nigerian previously was a Louisiana Tech assistant coach from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that stop, Skinn was the athletic director of Paul International High School in Washington D.C. while also serving as an assistant coach for Team Takeover on the Nike EYBL circuit.
He attended George Mason from 2003 to 2006 after transferring from Blinn College. Under Jim Larranaga, Skinn averaged 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists across his career with the Patriots. He was the second-leading scorer on the team that made the Final Four 15 years ago. He then spent seven years playing professionally overseas.
Johnson left Ohio State for Purdue a month ago, where he's expected to have more say in the offense, which he hopes can make him a more well-rounded head coach candidate in the future.