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Comment 12 Jan 2020
Honestly this is about what I thought they would be but it was very difficult not to let expectations rise a little when we were blowing out Nova and UNC and beating UK. Make no mistake, we are playing worse. This team got derailed too easily by the injuries to Duane and Kyle and now they have lost all confidence and precision on offense and all of our guards are playing poorly at the same time. Need to find a way to get some positive energy back because we might not be a great or even good team but we should not be as bad as we have been recently.
Comment 11 Jan 2020
Andre is the one of the only reasons that we've even been in the past couple games. Walker is about what I thought he was given his FSU stats and, yeah, Luther is frustrating, I dunno if he has developed at all.
Comment 11 Jan 2020
I have been wary about this team since Duane got injured but this goes beyond that. I don't think I will ever get hyped for a Holtmann team again until they they have played at least half their conference schedule and proven they can win more than lose in the B1G. Tate and KBD really carried us that first season. Was that a fluke, or might we see that some more of that once Holtmann has more experienced talent? I dunno. But if we need to have the best player in the conference and for the conference to be weak in order to make hay, than Holt might be more of a .500 in the B1G coach than he is a Thad Prime Redux.
Comment 16 Dec 2019

Because CJ Walker has been a solid defender for us for most of the season.

He couldn't handle Carr and that could be an ongoing problem for this team when we face ballhandlers like that who can explode to the rim. Carton is athletic enough to keep up with guys like that but his inexperience handicaps him a bit.

Comment 15 Dec 2019

If we learn from this game, good. I would hate for this team to have got a big head on a #1 ranking and then have Tyrese Maxey go off on them for 50 on the national stage when we play UK.

But I am starting to wonder if Holtmann's and Terry Johnson's defensive concepts don't account great for tough guards who can drive the rim and/or get hot. Or maybe it's just dudes named Carr.

This is where length/effort on the help D inside becomes essential and you saw Liddell playing into the game a lot for that reason, but it wasn't remotely enough when the rest of our team besides him and DJ (in the second half) looked like they were on Xanax coming off that 8-day break.

A lot of things went our way in our blow-outs of Nova, UNC, and PSU. We were probably due for that to turn around on us, and I kind of figured this might be when it happened, especially when we heard Duane was going to be out. Didn't necessarily picture Marcus Carr getting 35, though, but that was more the player I thought Minny was getting in him, he just waited until tonight to play like it, of course.

The B1G home advantage continues its perfect rampage. Simply have to move on and get much better if we want to stay a contender in the conference and nationally

Comment 15 Dec 2019

If we learn from this game, good. I would hate for this team to have got a big head on a #1 ranking and then have Tyrese Maxey go off on them for 50 on the national stage when we play UK.

But I am starting to wonder if Holtmann's and Terry Johnson's defensive concepts don't account great for tough guards who can drive the rim and/or get hot. Or maybe it's just dudes named Carr.

This is where length/effort on the help D inside becomes essential and you saw Liddell playing into the game a lot for that reason, but it wasn't remotely enough when the rest of our team besides him and DJ (in the second half) looked like they were on Xanax coming off that 8-day break.

A lot of things went our way in our blow-outs of Nova, UNC, and PSU. We were probably due for that to turn around on us, and I kind of figured this might be when it happened, especially when we heard Duane was going to be out. Didn't necessarily picture Marcus Carr getting 35, though, but that was more the player I thought Minny was getting in him, he just waited until tonight to play like it, of course.

The B1G home advantage continues its perfect rampage. Simply have to move on and get much better if we want to stay a contender in the conference and nationally

Comment 30 Nov 2019

I was there and I tried to do my part! You can actually see me behind the Buckeye basket in the game highlights of the first half. I am the dude in the gray coat who keeps jumping up every time we get a bucket, lol.

Comment 17 Nov 2019

Have to agree. Best not to let one's expectations get out of control, this is a fairly talented team but this is not like the Thad 5 or the Sullinger years where we had a clear talent separation over most of the B1G. We're also not one of the more experienced B1G teams, either. 

One hot game against Nova and now we already have fans who will be shocked if we drop games at, say, IU or PSU, for instance, even though both of those teams have looked good so far and have plenty of talent.

Comment 06 Nov 2019

I don't know if this team deserves to be ranked (very likely answer: no) but that has to be the ugliest half of offense I have ever seen from a ranked OSU basketball team. Without Kyle Young, of all people, they probably would have broken some records (of the bad kind).

It sure would be nice to watch a team who can, like, hit some shots and not turn the ball over constantly. Is that too much to ask or are we gonna have to settle for solid defensive teams who make scoring look like a terrible chore?

Comment 31 Oct 2019

Yeah, don't want to try to take away too much from an exhibition. What I will say:

Kaleb is clearly our star and we will go as he goes somewhat because I think he might be our only reliable offensive production/shot-maker and he is almost certainly our only ready true big. 

Carton could be a second star for us but it is too early to tell, especially when we've only seen him against Cedarville.

I think Young, Walker, Andre, and Liddell look like they will be solid role players for us this season.

I am not concerned about our defense; I think we are going to be a very good squad on that end of the court.

I am concerned about our offense, specifically our shooting. With Ahrens losing his off-season to injury and Luther and Duane looking bad last night, yeah... our sophomores HAVE to step up and be better for this team to do much of anything in conference and in the post-season.

Gaffney and Diallo did not look ready to play against the likes of Cedarville, they'd have to improve by leaps and bounds pretty rapidly to be ready to contribute positively against high-major or B1G teams this season.

Comment 23 Sep 2019

I'm not saying Holtmann is actively opposed to having a prototypical player on the roster, just that it's clearly not a priority to him to stack those type of players up in every class. We are going to have 1 center next season and about 5 combo forwards--that kind of tells the story.

Comment 22 Sep 2019

Definitely a very interesting class. Have to assume it's done. Transfers out of the program might allow us to pursue a grad transfer big in the spring or something like that, but I'd be surprised if we add another HS player. 

But yeah, we needed a big in the class, had a couple OH guys in Loveday and Hugley that are floating in and around the T100 and both of whom our staff has been keeping tabs on for a long time, and instead took a 6'7 (but long) T150-ish PF out of NY who we just recently got involved with and who we brought in for an OV before the likes of Loveday, Williams, etc. 

Then, similarly, Eugene Brown III... a lot of people thought if we were taking a wing or forward in the class it would have to be a T50-type or maybe even 5-star. And we were recruiting a fair number of national prospects like that for a long time. BJ Boston, Cam'Ron Fletcher, Jaylen Johnson, Scottie Barnes, got involved strongly with Keon Johnson as soon as Jake Diebler came over. But then after Sueing joined the program most people figured we no longer needed to add a wing in the class and if we did it would really have to be a cream-of-the-crop player. And yet the staff continued to offer wings and got Eugene Brown III in on an early OV, again, and sealed the deal with him rather than wait on T45 Moses Moody, who it seemed they were very much in the running for. 

I like Brown a lot. I think his injury probably has held back his game/rankings a bit, but I do think that regardless of whether we needed to add another wing in a general sense, I love that we added a long, athletic perimeter guy who can really shoot, I think that is an asset that might be needed. I think Zed is a very intriguing pick-up. Not at all a traditional center and some people are going to be troubled by that but this is kind of the new "positionless" breed of basketball, of which Holtmann is very much a subscriber, so as long as Holt is our coach you are probably going to have to get used to your prototypical, classical ideals for PGs and SGs and SFs and PFs and Cs not necessarily being fulfilled on this OSU team. 

But this class is very interesting because it's not a class that OSU fans who really follow the basketball recruiting could have even imagined as recently as just a couple months ago. A couple OOS, non-T100 guys who we got in on late, who the staff suddenly decided to prioritize at the same time that they were chasing "bigger fish," and who we accepted commitments from because they visited and wanted in before most of the rest of our 2020 targets made it to our campus for Fall OVs. 

2020 has a 2018 class vibe to it. Foundational, long-term guys (if they want to stick around and be that) that will precursor a 2021 class that will likely echo our 2019 class in terms of being of T15-ish quality. Wouldn't be surprised if that is something of a repeating pattern during Holtmann's tenure.

Comment 22 Sep 2019

Definitely a very interesting class. Have to assume it's done. Transfers out of the program might allow us to pursue a grad transfer big in the spring or something like that, but I'd be surprised if we add another HS player.

But yeah, we needed a big in the class, had a couple OH guys in Loveday and Hugley that are floating in and around the T100 and both of whom our staff has been keeping tabs on for a long time, and instead took a 6'7 (but long) T150-ish PF out of NY who we just recently got involved with and who we brought in for an OV before the likes of Loveday, Williams, etc.

Then, similarly, Eugene Brown III... a lot of people thought if we were taking a wing or forward in the class it would have to be a T50-type or maybe even 5-star. And we were recruiting a fair number of national prospects like that for a long time. BJ Boston, Cam'Ron Fletcher, Jaylen Johnson, Scottie Barnes, got involved strongly with Keon Johnson as soon as Jake Diebler came over. But then after Sueing joined the program most people figured we no longer needed to add a wing in the class and if we did it would really have to be a cream-of-the-crop player. And yet the staff continued to offer wings and got Eugene Brown III in on an early OV, again, and sealed the deal with him rather than wait on T45 Moses Moody, who it seemed they were very much in the running for.

I like Brown a lot. I think his injury probably has held back his game/rankings a bit, but I do think that regardless of whether we needed to add another wing in a general sense, I love that we added a long, athletic perimeter guy who can really shoot, I think that is an asset that might be needed. I think Zed is a very intriguing pick-up. Not at all a traditional center and some people are going to be troubled by that but this is kind of the new "positionless" breed of basketball, of which Holtmann is very much a subscriber, so as long as Holt is our coach you are probably going to have to get used to your prototypical, classical ideals for PGs and SGs and SFs and PFs and Cs not necessarily being fulfilled on this OSU team.

But this class is very interesting because it's not a class that OSU fans who really follow the basketball recruiting could have even imagined as recently as just a couple months ago. A couple OOS, non-T100 guys who we got in on late, who the staff suddenly decided to prioritize at the same time that they were chasing "bigger fish," and who we accepted commitments from because they visited and wanted in before most of the rest of our 2020 targets made it to our campus for Fall OVs.

2020 has a 2018 class vibe to it. Foundational, long-term guys (if they want to stick around and be that) that will precursor a 2021 class that will likely echo our 2019 class in terms of being of T15-ish quality. Wouldn't be surprised if that is something of a repeating pattern during Holtmann's tenure.

Comment 18 Sep 2019

I've seen it reported on Twitter that Key's wingspan is 7'2. Not sure if that's accurate but to my eye it definitely looks at least 7 foot.

Watch some of his games. He is definitely a post player. A somewhat versatile post player in terms of how he moves on both ends, perhaps, but a post player.

He does have a lot of things to work on and needs to add some muscle but I think while he may not be the highest ceiling guy, he's got a high floor, and that might have been our best bet in terms of a 2020 big we had a realistic shot at.

Comment 26 Jun 2019

Yesterday we offered 2020 6'5 SG/SF Eugene Brown III (Decatur, GA).

Little surprising to me because I figured the only SG/SF we'd take for this class would be someone of Keon Johnson caliber.

I will say that video of Brown seems to show a good shooter with range and he has nice size/length for that role so perhaps that's the major impetus for the offer, a priority of adding shooting.

Comment 26 Jun 2019

Hard to be a leader for someone who doesn't have a committable offer. Dom Penn would be a Buckeye by now if our staff was pushing for him.

I'm not doom and gloom on the situation because it's going to be a small class and we are in fairly good with a number of prospects, but I wouldn't call us a leader or favorite for anyone at the moment.

Comment 12 Jun 2019

I previously thought that Dain Dainja was our best bet for a really good big in the class but ever since his visit cancellation I don't think that one is trending our way. Not sure what happened and maybe it can get turned back around if he reschedules the visit to us, but at the moment I don't think it's looking great for him.

We got to make the best push we can for Keon Johnson because that kid gooooood.