Some here are accusing Seth of condoning violence. Some are already asking him to be kicked off the team. I am not seeing one bit of him condoning violence. I only see him voicing the continued need for persistent and passionate protest. If you have a problem with that, then try to put yourselves in the shoes of a black community that has spent its entire existence in America under the weight of oppression and racism--not just from other citizens, but from the government and police state. And that's not a political statement, that history. Don't agree, educate yourself. Don't care enough to try to understand how desperately fed up many black people are at this point in time, try developing some basic human empathy.
I am not trying to be self-righteous here. Throughout my life, there are so many ways I have failed to be an ally to people groups different from mine. But why can't we try to be better? Why can't we recognize the NEED for things to be better? Do we think that decades and decades of injustice will not naturally result in boiling points?
And some of these police forces have committed far, far more violence during these protests than the actual protestors--gas, rubber bullets, batons, kicks and punches, dragging people, SUVs mowing over people--in many cases just to make people move. Go watch the videos, they are countless. A stark contrast to the protests where the police showed solidarity and were willing to really speak with the protesters rather than just try to flex their power. Yeah, please try to convince anyone who has been paying attention that the police haven't played a big part in escalating some of these protests into riots.
Can't tell you how many videos I watched of black protest organizers trying to talk down white punks just looking for an excuse to break stuff. Not to mention the plants and instigators mixed in to these crowds (a very real thing that is happening). And if some black people are so angry at spending their lives unheard and stepped on and in a moment they decide to smash out a Tim Horton's window--I'm not saying it's right but I also can't comprehend the pain that some of these people have experienced and, sadly, still experience in this country. And an act like that is simply nothing compared to the loss of lives of black people killed with impunity by those who are supposed to serve and protect them, or a justice system that does not treat those lives with the same priority and value (see Ahmed Aubrey) as the lives of white people, or a country as a whole that still engages in prejudice (see Christian Cooper). Liberal, conservative, whatever... how can we not be moved towards justice?
As a Christian, I don't have to think for a second about what Jesus would do in this situation. No, he wouldn't call for violence, never. But he would grieve with the oppressed. He would be with them. He would support them. He would be angry with the hypocrisy and imbalance of the institutions that were active in oppression or absent in support. And as a Christian, I know I'm supposed to do the same.
If you have a problem with what Seth Towns is doing, then you might want to take a long moment to look at yourself and really think hard about why you have a problem with it. Psychologically, yeah, you might self-validate... but then what is the core of your value system? Don't let that be defined by our country's broken and dysfunctional politics. Get to the essence: Life is sacred. Justice matters. Love each other.
Some people say it is a "bad look" for Seth and OSU that he was detained by the law. Well, here's the thing:
Legality should never trump morality. Slavery was once legal in this country, just for one pertinent example.
Seth's actions weren't strictly "legal" in the sense that a specific police officer decided to ask Seth to move and Seth decided not to comply. But Seth chose not to move because he was making a moral stand.
And that's why the people who've got a clue are proud of him.
haha, I posted my post above and then see that you had already posted something along very similar lines.
I mean, you have to applaud the recruiting job Howard is doing. he has got momentum and I imagine that will last for a while, possibly a long time if the results on the court can match.
I'm okay with that, as long as Holtmann can get this program where he envisions it, because while it might be a somewhat different approach the final results can be just as good as a team that loads up on top talent, and possibly will be a more sustainable, consistent model -- ESPECIALLY once they get rid of the one-and-done rule (part of why I don't think we will see Chris Livingston at OSU or any other college).
The other thing to consider here is that for the great majority of college teams, the recipe for potential success does not depend on simply amassing a large quantity of grade-A talent. Because of one-and-dones and the proliferation of transfers, this is just not a sustainable approach for most teams that aren't blue-blood programs. Instead, it is about getting the right balance of talent and experience (and of course hoping you end up with good court chemistry and skill balance).
Talent is the meat and experience is the seasoning. Every year Duke, UK, UNC, KU, and AZ take the lion's share of the Kobe beef (and even then UNC was abysmal this season and AZ has yet to do much with their talent); every year there are a few mid-majors who have their low-grade steaks seasoned perfectly. Everyone else is striving for pretty good meat with pretty good seasoning. It's not easy, especially because of how the growing gravity pull of the transfer portal makes future roster planning so difficult, but that's probably the best approach a program can take if they want to achieve some sort of consistent baseline of quality and they aren't in the position to just pick who they want out of the HS classes.
Next season will be the first well-seasoned team Holtmann's had since his first season here, where he almost won the B1G. Granted, we probably don't have a Keita Bates-Diop on the team, but at least we will have better quality depth. The talent plus experience should equal a strong product, good meat that is really well-seasoned. You have:
CJ Walker - a T150 recruit, now a fifth-year PG
Duane Washington - T150 recruit, now a junior
Justice Sueing - top player on his Pac-12 team, now a 4th-year junior
Seth Towns - T150 recruit, Ivy League PotY, now a 5th-year junior
EJ Liddell - T50 recruit, now a sophomore who played a good amount as a frosh
Kyle Young - T100 recruit, now a senior
Musa Jallow - T150 recruit, now a 4th-year junior
That's probably your main rotation, and then you still have elements of talent or experience with the reserves:
Abel Porter - A 25 year old 5th year senior who started his last two seasons on a Tourney team
Justin Ahrens - sharpshooter junior
Eugene Brown - 4-star frosh
Zed Key - high-floor T150 frosh who excelled against good competition in HS and at the NBPA T100 camp
Diallo - 7'5 wingspan (lol)
That's not to say there aren't plenty of question marks and concerns about next season, just as there are for most teams (how healthy/ready will our forward group be? What if Walker gets injured? Etc.). But that doesn't mean there isn't potential there for the Buckeyes to have a really good run.
Being able to flex or play positionless basketball means you don't necessarily break down and limit your team to prototypical roles but you essentially collect guys who are versatile enough to play 2-3 positions and then find the most complementary line-ups within that roster. This allows greater diversity of game-planning and adjustment. You can decide to switch on screens, play different zones, and so on more fluidly. You can run weaves to iso for different players on the perimeter, post up different forwards or pull opponent bigs away from the basket, attack the basket from a number of different places on the court, etc. You might lose certain specific strengths that a team with much more defined roles (and that recruits specifically for those roles) would have, but you have a greater range of option and flexibility on the court and it is easier to create mismatches.
In terms of recruiting and roster management, then, it's not as much about "We need an elite rim protector" or "We need the purest of PGs" but more looking at skill sets, attributes, and production in a collective sense. So instead of asking if they have an elite rim protector, the staff is more looking and asking themselves if they have enough interior defense and good enough help D. They aren't as worried about having two true PGs, but more about whether they have enough ballhandling, passing, and perimeter D on the roster. Not do they have a great rebounder or two, but do they have line-ups they can utilize that will provide enough rebounding. And so on.