Great Analysis...I think this roster (assuming the returners make strides forward and the young guys come in ready to play) affords us the ability to adapt to any team we play. If we need to go Big..we have Kaleb, Kyle, Alonzo, and EJ...along with Diallo. If we need to go small, we have CJ, DJ, Duane, Lu, Dre, Moose and Ahrens that can all contribute. I think this year might be pretty exciting...but we won't know more until the whole crew is on campus in June.
I am excited for CJ to don the Scarlet and Gray. I am thinking he will be the Day 1 starter for the Basketbucks and will see significant minutes. I would expect CJ, Lu, Dre, Kyle and Kaleb to start....DJ, Duane, Musa/Ahrens, Liddell and Alonzo to get minutes too. I don't think Holtmann was kidding when he said he wanted to be able to go 9-10 deep in the rotation. I doubt we see a ton of CJ and DJ on the floor together unless Holtmann decides to go small, where we would see CJ, DJ, Lu/Duane, Dre/Ahrens/Liddell, and Young at the 5...but I think having rested ball handlers that can facilitate and attack for 40 minutes will greatly improve our team.
Joey was always a favorite of mine! Thanks for this interview. I hope he ends up back at OSU in some capacity.
I love the idea of going after this guy, but what does that do for Diallo. If we collect Brown, then we have a RS Soph in Brown for the 2020 season and a true Soph in Diallo for the 2020 season. Both are not going to get starter minutes...so what goes down?
I think Brown would be an animal, but what does that do for the trust of other recruits? I don't know.
I trust Holtmann though.
This would be fun..not sure what all Holtmann is looking for in 2020...but I trust that Holtmann will get who he wants and I am good with that. Come to CBus Jay!
Thanks Coach! Great Career.
I still remember playing in front of him in the 2004 State Semi-finals. We played against Robbie Klein, whom he was recruiting...man is he legendary!
Jake was definitely not on my radar, but Holtmann is a Wizard!!! Great hire, great recruiter who already has connections with players in upcoming classes. Recruiting a high caliber of player. Can shoot and coach shooting. I am excited for what he brings to the Buckeyes. If our shooters can get better, watch out B1G...Washington, Ahrens, Lu, Dre, Jallow, Walker, Carton, etc...
It's when you light money on fire..
I know what you were going for, but the geographer in me cringed, the Serengeti is in Eastern Africa in the country of Tanzania. Senegal is on the Western Coast. Saying a walk through The Ferlo-North Wildlife Reserve, or even a walk through the Sahara. (It's close to the northern Senegal border).
Still, I would agree, I think his life experience will make some of the pressures of school and BBall much easier to handle.
I like this hire...I hope we can keep Greg Oden around in some capacity because he will be a huge help for Diallo.
If he can get a commit from Darius Garland...he is a pretty solid recruiter in my opinion. Here's to hoping he can coach the offensive/defensive game as well.
I am excited for Diallo to get on campus and start working with our guys. I think he will actually be more beneficial to the team than many expect because we are gaining offensive firepower (Walker, Carton, Liddell) and Washington, Ahrens, Lu, Young, Dre and Jallow will all get better going into next year. Diallo wont need to be an offensive force, but moreso a defensive presence in the paint. Anyone with a 7'9 wingspan and quick feet works in my book.
Let's Go Bucks
If he has athletic ability (playing soccer growing up) and can develop some sort of offensive game to go with his defensive game, he will be a force in a few years. Until that point, can I create a separate Block square and a separate Alley-Oop square solely for Diallo...."Senegal Swat" and "Diallo-oop"?????
Congrats young Bucks!! These guys will be big for the basketbucks and I am looking forward to them wearing scarlet and gray in november.
Pretty stoked to get Diallo. He is super tall and a rim protector, but grew up playing soccer so he has quick feet and good conditioning to run the floor.
Alley-Oop square anyone?
While I agree that no one on this team is probably getting drafted in June 2019. However, I think Kaleb could get some great coaching and objective eyes, as well as some other good workouts to use his body without fouling, etc. If he comes back (which i think and hope he will) he will be better for it.
I think we are a 18-25 team for next year....but if the stars align and guys progress, maybe a top 15 team at the end of the year. I see us making the sweet sixteen....but after Tech this year, you never know in March!!!
I watch it as an evaluation to get a look at our guys for the coming year. It is an exciting time during a downtime in college sports (after hoops) and before the heat of baseball season.
Yes I will record and watch the spring game, possibly multiple times. Who wouldn’t want to watch our Buckeyes win!!!
I agree with a lot of your assessment, especially on Walker and Carton needing to be instant impact players to help us finish in the Top 3-4 in the B1G and advance to the Sweet Sixteen or Elite 8.
To adjust your assessment....Walker started 34-36 games in 2017-2018 and was 5th on the team in minutes and 4th in scoring. To say he was a role-player isn't quite accurate. He transferred because the coach started to favor another guard late in the season and gave him more minutes. I think CJ is capable of being a started and a major contributor at PG not only as a scorer, but also a facilitator especially if he can improve his Ast/TO ratio (1.1/1) at FSU.
As for DJ Carton and being college ready...I can think of a few freshman guards who have come in and made an instant impact on their team. Tre Waters is one from LSU...Trae Young,etc. I think Carton possesses the skills to be ALL B1G Freshman team, if not better. His recent highlight real on twitter shows not only his ability to create, but to facilitate and play defense.(the most impressive are his 3 blocks on dunk attempts. A guard who can get up to block a dunk is a big defensive help)
As for my honest assesment...I think Top 4 in the league...maybe a chance at a B1G Title depending on the growth of our current freshman, soon to be sophomores. I also think bringing in another big (Giddens, Brunk or Diallo) will be important.
I am saying 23-25 wins and a Sweet Sixteen birth.
Good Luck Coach....Thanks for 2 good years.
This is the nature of the beast in college athletics, especially when your program is quality and on the rise.
Hopefully we can pull in a good coach/recruiter. I trust Holtmann. if he was able to bring these three guys in at Butler, who can he get to come to TOSU.
I would agree that CJ's shooting numbers were better. Braxton's Ast/TO ratio was way better than CJ's last year, and slightly better this year...but isn't a PG supposed to be a facilitator. As we were talking about, players we would want as out PG.
Also, Braxton played through an injury for part of the year this year, which may be why his numbers suffered some.
Back to the point, imagine if CJ, Woods, Lu, and Duane all had someone to facilitate to them...what would his and their numbers have been....which is why I am looking forward to DJ and CJ Walker this year...should make our shooters numbers better.
This is what i think Holtmann is going after...If we get Giddens and Diallo...then we have 3 bigs who can be a defensive presence in the paint. I think we will have some good offensive firepower when Lu, Duane, and Justin get over the freshman to sophomore hump...plus Carton, Walker, Alonzo and EJ will all be able to contribute offensively.
As much as I would love to pull in a more productive Big than Giddens was, he was a good defensive guy and that will be something that we need when we can spell Kaleb.
I think of PG transfers, I would take Beverly over Harris (I know he didn't actually play for us, but he did enroll and then transfer). Harris was good on the court, but I remember rumors of class issues...maybe he grew up...who knows. Beverly has been killing it in the ACC so I think he would have been fun to see play in the scarlet and gray.
+1 for the movie reference
I am confused by your analysis...Giddens is 6'11...not a wing player. He is a post player.
If we get Diallo and Brunk...there is no Roderick and only 1 scholarship in 2020...with 2 6'11+ players, I doubt Loveday would come in...
I would guess Holtmann is leaning toward Giddens because he only has 1 year left, which opens a scholly after next year. That leaves 2 no matter what, even if we get Diallo...3 next year if we dont.
Yes, as it stands, there are 2 shollys available for 2020....if Diallo comes in, then there is one. So getting a senior grad transfer would be imperative to keep 2 for 2020.
With Giddens taking a visit this week, i would not be shocked if this is the direction Holtmann and the staff is going.