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2022-2023 Ohio State Men's Basketball

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by ScriptOhio, Aug 23, 2021.

  1. Don Muenz

    Don Muenz Kill the blow. Let the devil sort them out.

    The juxtaposition of those two words makes this old liar, I mean, lawyer, chuckle.
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  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    NCAA Division I men's college basketball rosters, departures, newcomers for 2022-23

    Ohio State Buckeyes

    Departed or expected to depart: E.J. Liddell (19.4 PPG), Malaki Branham (13.7 PPG), Kyle Young (8.2 PPG), Jamari Wheeler (7.1 PPG), Justin Ahrens (4.8 PPG), Meechie Johnson Jr. (4.4 PPG), Cedric Russell (4.2 PPG), Joey Brunk (2.4 PPG), Jimmy Sotos (1.8 PPG)
    In limbo:
    Expected to return: Zed Key (7.8 PPG), Justice Sueing (6.0 PPG), Eugene Brown III (3.5 PPG), Kalen Etzler (redshirt), Seth Towns (3.8 in 2020-21)
    Newcomers: Brice Sensabaugh (No. 42), Bruce Thornton (No. 48), Roddy Gayle (No. 56), Felix Okpara (No. 57), Bowen Hardman (three-star), Tanner Holden (20.1 PPG at Wright State), Sean McNeil (12.2 PPG at West Virginia)

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    Ohio State averaged 72.8 points last season and the departing players accounted for 66.0 points.

    Some players are going to have to step up big time in 2022/2023 or the Buckeyes are going to be in a world of hurt. That's only 12 on the 2022/2023 team so far, Holtmann still could get 1 more transfer. Regardless, the 5 Freshman better come "ready to play".
  3. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young/Cade Stover man crush. Stomp!

    Very safe to expect a rough first month where we might look great one game and shite the next. Chemistry is going to take a while and possibly the entire year to get it "right". Then again, if guys buy into a certain role and decide Defense wins championships they should be in every single game while they build that chemistry. There is a decent talent level on that roster but most of it isn't proven or peak potential.
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  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “A player of his caliber leaving maybe a year earlier than you thought, let’s be honest, it completely changes the complexion of your roster. So you really have to make plans,” Holtmann said. “And I do think in a day when the transfer portal has changed things with immediate eligibility, perhaps it gives you the chance to step in. Back when this was the case before, immediate eligibility was not in place, so I think that maybe helps us a little bit. But we’ve been recruiting with the idea, really for a couple months, that it was likely that we were gonna lose Malaki. Ever since his run mid-year.”

    Even if Branham’s mind wasn't totally made up just yet, the writing was on the wall early enough for Holtmann and company to begin thinking about how to best go about supplementing what Branham does for the Buckeyes in the event that he wouldn’t return.

    “We felt it was trending in this direction for a while now,” Holtmann said. “I don’t think we had a definitive answer until (Tuesday), but we knew it was trending in this direction, so it allowed us to plan accordingly in terms of who we were recruiting. … We’ve been planning for a little bit that this was likely the case. I just think his trajectory made us begin to contemplate the idea that we were gonna have to find a replacement.

    “And we also have a couple good, young guards coming in, they’re going to be forced into action maybe a little bit more, a little bit earlier than even they anticipated. We’re excited about putting those guys in those positions. We’ve got Bruce (Thornton) and Roddy (Gayle) who are both young guards, they’re going to be expected to play a little more now, and obviously we went to the transfer portal as well. So we’ve been making the plans for a couple months along these lines.”

    Just sayin': I think the position(s) of need is C and/or PF. The only proven and battle tested "big" is Zed Key; hopefully, Seth Towns (6' 8") is 100%, Felix Okpara (6' 10", Freshman) can contribute, and/or Holtmann can still get a decent "big" out of the transfer portal. It's not a good matchup asking a 6' 6" forward to defend a center like Hunter Dickinson (7' 1")
  5. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    I see CH is already getting the excuses for next season started, and it isn't even May. You simply cannot plan on talented players to be on a college basketball team for X number of years. Players leaving "early" for one reason or another is a fact of life to be expected in college basketball. I guess it's too much to ask CH to scout to find the next NBA prospect instead of complaining and taking transfers who have no shot at the league to replace some of his best players.
  6. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck SoCal, Baby!

    I didn't read any of Holtmann's comments as a complaint.
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  7. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    I think he is complaining that he wasn't preparing to replace Branham until February. It sounds like sour grapes to me. Just be happy for the kid, use it as a recruiting tool, and focus on what you can control. I don't think Branham leaving is in any way an acceptable excuse for not achieving anything notable in the 2022-23 season.

    CH needs to stop wasting time talking about his timetable for guys who are out the door and focus his energy on finding more pro talent. NBA players Caris Levert and Larry Nance Jr were Ohio-based senior Spring commits coming out of high school. I'm not blaming CH for not getting them obviously, just using them to illustrate the point that good, high-end talent can be had at this time of year, and you can't get those guys when all you go after are non-NBA prospect college transfers.
  8. nomatta

    nomatta Senior

    I'm sorry, but this is ridiculous. Did you watch the video interviews? Holtmann wasn't complaining AT ALL. He was nothing but supportive and celebratory of Branham. When reporters pressed him with questions about what he was expecting in terms of a timeline when he got Branham or how this changed his roster plans, all his comments amounted to acknowledging it as a big loss because Branham is a great player. It would have been dishonest and insulting to Branham to say anything otherwise. But it never once came off like complaining or "woe is me."

    There are plenty of legitimate things to criticize Holt about, no need to go looking for nonsense reasons to.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2022
  9. Mike80

    Mike80 Fire Day; Hire Fickell

    @DZ83CK hates Holtmann and takes every opportunity to make up a reason to bash him. Same old, same old.
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  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    College basketball rankings: Kentucky, Baylor drop in CBS Sports' Top 25 And 1 after portal departures



    Ohio State really could use a fully healthy season from Justice Sueing. If that happens, the Buckeyes could be very frisky in the Big Ten despite losing E.J. Liddell, Malaki Branham and a host of other key contributors. Tanner Holden (Wright State) and Sean McNeil (West Virginia) are two very solid transfers who could start right away. Zed Key will be a popular breakout candidate.

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  11. Trevi

    Trevi Senior

    Versatile Oklahoma State transfer Isaac Likekele commits to Ohio State (
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  12. Mike80

    Mike80 Fire Day; Hire Fickell

    The toxic idiocy about this transfer on Facebook is, in a word, embarrassing.
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  13. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young/Cade Stover man crush. Stomp!

    If we went into a lab to make a player to help this roster those would be the best traits to give him. Put it on the court now and endear yourself to the best alumni and fan base on the planet!
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  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  15. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck SoCal, Baby!

    You read it here first: I won't be surprised if this team is the national champion come April 2023.

    Coach Holtmann emphasizes kindness in a way few coaches do. This builds team spirit and a sense of family. Without talent that helps a team do better than expected; with a lot of talent, which this roster has, it can lead to championships. Not predicting it; just saying if it happens it won't be a shock.
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