Ohio State has four newcomers joining the roster this year, but one of them on the floor this year as freshman forward Kalen Etzler will be redshirting the 2021-22 hoops season, Chris Holtmann announced on Tuesday.
Etzler, a three-star power forward rated as the No. 28 player at his position and No. 150 player in the country coming out of high school, is one of two freshmen in the 2021 class, along with four-star guard Malaki Branham.
The decision to redshirt Etzler is not due to injury or eligibility reasons of any kind, but is part of his development plan. The potential move was discussed during his recruitment before he even arrived at Ohio State.
The 6-8, 195 forward from Convoy, Ohio will then make his Buckeye debut during the 2021-22 season.