|Former Penn State Guard Jamari Wheeler Transfers To Ohio State|
Jamari Wheeler announced that he will play his final college season for the Buckeyes after the last four years playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions. This means that the NCAA Tournament isn't even down to the final four competitors and yet the Ohio State Buckeyes have made an addition to next year's team.
Wheeler Leaving Penn State
Former Nittany Lion guard Jamari Wheeler announcer on Twitter on Tuesday night that he is transferring from to Columbus to join the team at OSU with Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes. This transfer will be a tough one for Penn State fans to accept, and it will be challenging for his former team members when they come up against him next season.
Wheeler has played for Penn State for the last four years but will play his final college season for the Scarlet and Gray as he has the advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
When Jamari Wheeler became available for transfer several weeks ago, it seemed as if he would leave, no matter how much Micah Shrewsberry wanted him to reconsider. What wasn't anticipated was that Jamari would choose to transfer to a top ten rival, but that's what's happened as he announced tonight he will play his final year of college basketball at Ohio State.
Jamari was clearly hoping to play his final year at a team that will be in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann has a good team spirit going in Columbus right now and with this move signals to Sandy Barbour and the rest of the PSU athletic administration his disdain which he made clear in media last Fall.
Jamari Wheeler was a 3-year starter in State College averaging 6.8 points, 3.5 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds. Wheeler has also became a much better shooter as his career has progressed and OSU was especially attracted to him as he achieved close to two steals per game as a senior; this was a big reason at the time that the Buckeyes couldn't pull away from Penn State when they played against them this year.
How Wheeler Helps Ohio State
The move helps Ohio State address its defense in the offseason, particularly in the guard spot as C.J. Walker leaves. Wheeler will join Meechie Johnson, Duane Washington Jr., Jimmy Sotos (who is expected to return after suffering a shoulder injury at the beginning of the season) as well as incoming freshman Malaki Branham.
|4/14/2021 11:09:01 AM|
|Point Guard Bruce Thornton From Milton Alpharetta GA|
Point Guard Bruce Thornton from Milton Alpharetta Georgia committed to play for Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2022. Thornton is quite a get for the OSU team as he is considered the 7th best point guard in the country and the 30th best overall prospect.
The Ohio State 2022 Basketball Class
The 2022 class for the Buckeyes is almost complete now with Thornton, shooting guards Roddy Gayle Jr and Bowen Hardman. Josiah Harris from Richmond Heights Ohio or a out-of-state center could still be added. The OSU class is currently ranked the best in the country.
Bruce Thornton Commitment
Four star Thornton was recruited by Jake Diebler made the announcement on Thanksgiving and will look at get time on the floor as Meechie Johnson becomes a junior in 2022 and graduates the year after. His relationship with Diebler and Holtmann was a major reason that he selected the Buckeyes over other Big 10 teams.
Other schools looking to land Thornton included Alabama, Georgia, Purdue and Indiana.
What Thornton Brings to Ohio State
Last season he averaged 23 point/game with 6.1 assists and 7 and a half rebounds. He feels his leadership as a point guard is one of the best aspects that he brings to a program. His tough defense is also something that catches everyone’s eye when watching him play.
|11/27/2020 8:28:12 AM|
|Shooting Guard Roddy Gayle Jr Ohio State 2022 Commit|
Youngstown New York 4 star Shooting Guard Roddy Gayle Jr has committed to play at Ohio State in 2022 for Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes. The 6’4” 195 lbs. prospect is considered the #1 player in New York, the 7th best shooting guard in the country and the 76th best overall in the country. He also had offers from Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, Connecticut and Alabama.
Roddy Gayle Jr Recruitment
Assistant coach Jake Diebler recruit Gayle for Ohio State. Beating Syracuse for a recruit the Buckeyes offered in June is a great feat for the Buckeyes who have solidified their back court for years to come.
On a visit Gayle took to Ohio State in March of 2020, he fell in love with the atmosphere and the facilities at OSU. He was able to build a relationship with the members of the basketball staff at Ohio State and catch a Michigan home game. On a recent virtual conference with the coaches, Gayle found out how the program plans to use him and felt the team was the right place for him.
What Gayle Offers Ohio State
Gayle is a little bit of a different guard. His speed is great in transition and he is versatile, able to play any of the guard positions. Plus he has a smooth offensive style with a great jump-shot.
|11/13/2020 9:17:06 PM|
|Harvard Transfer Forward Seth Towns|
Seth Towns Transferring from Harvard
Seth Towns was selecting between Ohio State and Duke for his graduate years after leaving Harvard this month. Luckily for the Buckeyes, Town decided to return home and play for Chris Holtmann. He will be eligible immediately.
He is a 6’7” 215 lbs. forward who had 5 rebounds per game and shot 44% from behind the arc two years ago at Harvard should be a nice addition. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2017-2018, his sophomore season.
He was considered the number one college basketball player in the NCAA transfer portal and will get two years of eligibility in Columbus due to being injured his final two years of undergraduate work.
Towns views the program at Ohio State as a top level program. He also mentioned a relationship with Chris Holtmann that led him to return to Ohio to play for the Buckeyes. Coming out of high school, Holtmann tried to get Towns to enroll at Butler.
Ohio State Basketball 2020
The departure this offseason of freshman Alonzo Gaffney and DJ Carton from Ohio State has been tough on the program.
The addition on grad transfer Seth Towns from Harvard will soften the blow and make the Buckeyes look quite different from what has projected a month ago. Towns is a Columbus native who played at Northland High School and dreamed of playing for the Buckeyes from an early age. He considers Northland and Buckeye legend Jared Sullinger a close friend and consulted him on the move. He recently told reporters that his parents are also the biggest OSU basketball fans ever.
Next year at Center for Ohio State will feature EJ Liddell and Ibrahima Diallo with Kaleb Wesson leaving for the Pros.
And with Andre Wesson graduating, Ohio State needs a replacement and that will either be Towns or Justice Sueing, who transferred from Cal two years ago and sat out last season. Both positions need depth and having one more forward in locker-room is helpful.
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|3/26/2020 4:47:35 PM|
|Malaki Branham : Highschool Baller Sensation Primed for the Big League|
The pedigree of high school basketball is getting more and more potent over the years, and schools are cramming more than ever to recruit a young athlete whom they think will fit their system. One of the players that stands out above the rest is Malaki Branham, a four star high school basketball player from St. Vincent-St. Mary HS in Akron (which is the exact school LeBron James came from) whose size, length and motor for a guard is already making schools salivate.
What Malaki Branham Offers
Easily one of the nation's top 40 college prospects, Malaki Branham is towering over his high school adversaries with a height of 6'4 and weighs in more than 190 pounds and is very quick and agile for his size. His length adds a different dimension to his game to help him contour his way inside the the other teams defense and sky over them. This helps him as well defensively to guard the passing lanes and disturb shots. But like all prospects, the kid needs guidance from a school and a coach to hone his skills on the college level where the competition kicks up a notch.
Offers and The Ohio State Buckeyes
Recently, a handful of teams already reached out to Malaki to offer him a scholarship to join their respective team. They are aware of the impressive build, skillset and work ethic this kid has. Duquesne and Akron has sent out their offers as well as Miami (Ohio) and Ohio University to try their luck in snagging the prized athlete. Though there is one major program who had offered Malaki a scholarship that is making headlines today, the Ohio State Buckeyes which already made deals with Kalen Etzler, the first 2021 recruit and Justin Sueing, a transfer. But unlike Etzler who decided right away to commit to Ohio State the same day he was offered the scholarship, Malaki Branham wants to sit down and look at his options.
If ever Malaki ultimately chooses the Buckeyes, he'll be parading the team with Etzler and potentially fellow four-star recruit Keon Johnson and will form instantly a formidable lineup for the Ohio State.
|9/20/2019 1:52:27 PM|
|When State Power Forward Kalen Etzler Became a 2021 Buckeye|
The OSU Buckeyes were the first in the Big Ten with a 2021 class recruit with the commitment of Kalen Etzler in May. Etzler, led Crestview HS to the Division IV championship last year, and tweeted his verbal commitment to Chris Holtmann a little over a month ago.
Etzler is a 6'8", 195 lbs. forward from Crestview (Knights), Ohio. He is rated as a 4 star prospect, 2nd in the state and 51st overall in the nation.
The Buckeyes beat out offers from Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, and Duquesne. His brother plays for the Miami RedHawks.
Buckeye fever runs through the Etzler blood, his uncle Doug was a Buckeye basketball team member in the early 1990’s for four years. Doug became the head coach of Crestview days before Kalen became a future Buckeye. He has two years of high school before coming to Columbus.
|6/19/2019 2:51:00 PM|
|Is Daniel Giddens a Good Choice for Ohio State|
April Fool’s Day
I thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke when talk of previous Ohio State and Alabama player C Daniel Giddens having enthusiasm for coming back to Ohio State. Ohio State is keen on taking Giddens back in Columbus. This comes after first year recruit Jaedon LeDee's name sprung up in the NCAA exchange window on March 28 and OSU declared the forward leaving.
Ohio State Roster Need
When you get over the underlying stun of Ohio State having enthusiasm for the arrival of a previous Buckeye that did not light the world ablaze, the move really bodes well from the program. Chris Holtmann is in urgent need of a backup for Kaleb Wesson and a good edge defender, and Kyle Young can't do it. Ibrahima Diallo could be that person, however not as a first-year recruit.
Center Giddens was a four-star player and the nation's tenth rated big man in the 2015 class. As a green bean, Giddens played in 33 matches, opening seven for an Ohio State group that went 10-7 in the Big Ten and 22 of 14 overall. Giddens averaged 3.6 on the boards with 3.8 points.
Playing a Role
If not for the name and reputation related with him, Giddens feels like an incredible fit for the job. His tenure at Alabama didn’t break any records as they played small ball and Giddens struggled with a wrist injury. But he can block shots and fill a defensive void when Wesson sits on the bench. He won’t be looking for big minutes and will understand his role on the team.
In the wake of playing three years, Giddens will have one year of qualification remaining. Even though Giddens knows about the Buckeyes, the Scarlet and Gray training staff has changed since the last time he was in Columbus and Tuesday's visit will permit Giddens to become acquainted with Chris Holtmann and see if there is a fit.
|4/5/2019 11:00:37 AM|
|Dawand Jones Offers Visits and Basketball|
Dawand Jones, the 6ft 8 inches, 360lbs Ben Davis football offensive tackle and a talented basketball player is at crossroads with choosing the college to go play for, following an overwhelming pool of full scholarship offers from several universities across the country. He also has offers in basketball as well; although he loves basketball, he’s beginning to develop a stronger interest in football.
Offers and Visits
Within the past couple of months, Dawand received offers from the football teams of some prestigious schools like USC, Florida State, Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, TCU, etc. with a full scholarship offer in most cases. Jones has visited Ohio State, Michigan, to pick up offers from these universities. He made an official visit to Florida State on the 15th of December 2018. Herb Hand the co-offensive coordinator for Texas visited Ben Davis in order to offer Jones a hand in the team. He has also made an official visit to some other schools USC, etc.
In Basketball he also picked up a division 1 offer from Northern Michigan and some division 2 offers from the following schools like Cleveland state, Bowing state, Kent State, Ball state, etc. According to Jones, basketball is a game he loves and would love to play in college. He made official visits last summer to two of the universities mentioned above like Ball State and Kent State. He seems to be putting into consideration his interests in both basketball and football in order to determine the best fit and which school best serves his interest in both games.
Dewand's mum would prefer the son to be more of a basketball player because she feels it suits him more and she believes he loves the sport, however, she has left it for him to make the choice. She believes the ball is in his court so the decision should be his.
|1/14/2019 8:58:10 AM|
|Keyshawn Woods Is The Next Andrew Dakich But Better|
Andrew Dakich was one of the biggest reasons why OSU did so well during their first season under Chris Holtmann. His leadership skills coupled with his abilities as the backup point guard made the fifth-year senior stand out during his last year of eligibility. Keyshawn Woods represents all of that and even more.
Having committed to the Buckeyes a couple of weeks after attending a spring football game, Woods picked OSU over Louisville and Virginia Tech. Dakich spent only his final year of eligibility with the Buckeyes, and it looks like Woods is going to do the same. He's bringing some very impressive numbers along with him.
When he played his freshman year at Charlotte, Woods averaged 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game on top of an 8.4 point scoring average. The 182 lbs. The 6-foot 3-inch guard shot 47 percent beyond the arc in the 32 games he played. Despite being a backup, Woods started on three different occasions that year.
|5/2/2018 1:32:58 PM|