Following a 20-15 season, the Buckeyes will need to regroup. This last season their tallest player was freshmen Jaeden LeDee, a freshman. But even he isn't a true center. It is hard to win a game without true size, but on the perimeter, but more importantly inside. Without a good defensive presence, your lane will turn into a freeway for layups. But, sadly for the fans of Ohio State, their basketball team will take another hit. Jaeden LeDee the former four-star recruit had decided to transfer from the school. Both the school and their second-year coach confirmed this. The coach called him a wonderful young man, and wish him all the best in the future. Ledee didn't match some of the hype and expectations the team had of him and obviously the expectations that he about playing time. He averaged only 3 points and a bit under two rebounds per game. Not every freshman wearing the number 23 makes a splash. He also struggled shooting the ball. In the age when more a more players shoot behind the line, Ledee barely shoots threes.
Ohio State Centers
The only player that can currently cover the center position is sophomore Kaleb Wesson. He had a great season averaging 14 points, 7 rebounds and shooting around 35% from three. He has entered his name into the NBA Draft. But, luckily for Ohio State fans, he isn't appearing on any Mock Draft Boards. This will probably lead him to return to Ohio State for another season, to boost his draft stock.
He could have a lot of help in Ohio's new recruit Ibrahima Diallo, a true seven-footer. Ibrahima Diallo is a native of the West African country of Senegal. He last played for Prolific Prep. Even if he is a three-star recruit, he is built more in the style of a modern NBA big man. He is more mobile than centers of the past and is sure to add weight to his 200-pound frame. The 211 recruit in the country will bring much-needed size to the Ohio State roster.
College Offers for Diallo
He is quite a raw prospect. He only played two games in his senior year of varsity basketball. But that did not stop coaches from top universities to approach him with offers. In total, he had five offers on the table. He had to decide between Ohio State, DePaul, Florida State, Pittsburgh, and USF. In the end, he committed to Ohio State.
The 2019 Class
Ibrahima Diallo won't be the only player joining the Ohio State basketball team in the next season. The team will look to four-star recruit DJ Carton to replace the senior CJ Jackson, the teams second leading scorer.
Small forward Alonzo Gaffney will give them much needed size on the wing the departure of DeLee this summer.
The third player who committed was EJ Liddell, a 6-6 power forward and a four-star recruit like Gaffney and Carton.
The school as also shown interest in some other players, but they have yet to commit. On top of their wish list is Lester Quinones a four-star shooting guard and point guard Anthony Harris.
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