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PF Zed Key (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by LitlBuck, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. wigmon

    wigmon Junior

    Yeah, if we don't add another big, I tend to think we will see a lot of Liddell/Gaffney/Young playing in the front court (2 at a time). The only center we will have on the team is Diallo and I think he needs a few years to be a viable option.
  2. Smudger

    Smudger #ImYourHuckleberry Staff Member BP Recruiting Team 2x BP FBB Champ '14 NFL Pick'em Champ Former FF The Deuce Champ Former Hockey Champ Former FF Keeper Champ ‘18 Premier League Champ

  3. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

  4. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

  5. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck I Don't Want Any Trouble but People Need Banners!

    Welcome to the Buckeye family Zed :chest::yay2::yay2::yay2::yay3::yay3::yay3::boogie::boogie::boogie::groove::groove:
  6. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

  7. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

  8. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    Welcome, Zed!
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  9. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    good, quick interview:

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  10. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    prediction: zed is going to be absolutely ripped come 2020 fall camp.
  11. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    New York standout Key latest to join OSU's 2020 hoops class
  12. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Welcome to Buckeyes Nation Zed!!!

  13. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I think the increasingly urban character of the Ohio State campus will make us more popular with prospects hailing from NYC and other major cities. Zed seems to have felt comfortable here from the jump once he hit campus.
  14. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    al pinkins was hired by florida in may 2018. at the very beginning of july, florida offered zed key. that's about a year in advance of most of the high-majors offering him.

    who is al pinkins? as a frontcourt coach, he was only the lead recruiter at tennessee for admiral schofield (ranked 251st). only the leader recruiter for grant williams (191st). only the lead recruiter at texas tech for kyler edwards (159th). only the reason that the red raiders landed tariq owens, who was at tennessee when pinkins was an assistant. the guy knows his stuff and knows how to spot talent that the recruiting services often pass over.

    here's the beat writer for ttu's rivals site (link):

    if one of pinkins' first offers while at florida was zed key, then perhaps that's a tell-tale sign that our newest commit might be a diamond in the rough.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2019
  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Finding the right fit for your college basketball program isn't just about what happens on the court, but off it as well. Ohio State added a key piece. How will that commitment impact the Buckeyes?

    Ohio State opened the week looking to complete its 2020-21 roster, and it did more than add just one final piece.

    Three-star power forward Zed Key announced his commitment to Ohio State on Sunday, joining four-star wing Eugene Brown III in the team's 2020 class. Brown committed to play for the Buckeyes on Monday.

    Now committed, Key becomes the latest addition to Ohio State's frontcourt.

    As a power forward who does most of his offensive damage in the paint, Key's game offers Ohio State a bit of an old-school post player with experience getting buckets close to the basket.

    At 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, Key doesn't necessarily have outstanding size, and he's not an overly explosive athlete. But he has a wingspan over more than seven feet, which he has shown an ability to maximize on both ends of the court.

    Around the rim, Key has showcased nice touch and an ability to finish with both hands. At this point in his development, he has two general strengths – low-post scoring and rebounding – and has spent the past year working to extend his range, which doesn't yet reach the college 3-point line.

    On a loaded Long Island Lutheran (New York) team, Key wasn't the sole star of his team, but he still averaged 15.9 points per game last season. His true breakout came in June at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, when he stood out among a roster loaded with top-flight prospects.

    “He was a top-150 kid most of his high school career,” NY Jayhawks executive director and Long Island Lutheran assistant coach Jay David told Eleven Warriors in June. “Took a little bit of a step back last year. He's continued to be uber-talented and will probably stay that way. It's just that he's continued to work really, really hard and show his work ethic, and people are now seeing it. That stage that he was on is not a small stage. That's a big-time stage to be able to come on board and do the things that he was doing. I think it's just the fact that people were able to see him, able to see his new and improved changes.”

    With his throwback offensive game and build, Key plays a fairly similar game to Kaleb Wesson, but he doesn't yet have the junior big man's shooting range.

    Key also stands two inches shorter than Wesson. However, if Wesson leaves for the NBA after his junior season, Key could have to serve as the de-facto center in some lineups as early as his freshman season.

    The commitment of Key means – barring unexpected attrition in the next two months – Ohio State will "oversign" during the Early Signing Period in mid-November.

    Teams are allowed 13 scholarship players, and since Andre Wesson is the only player graduating after the 2019-20 season, Ohio State currently has only one scholarship available in the 2020 cycle. However, it now has two commitments in that class: Key and Brown. Therefore, a player will either have to leave college early for the NBA or transfer in order for the team to remain at or under the 13-scholarship limit.

    The addition of Key provides insurance if Kaleb Wesson opts to leave for the NBA after his junior season. Wesson put his name in the NBA evaluation pool this spring and opted to return to school, but it's rare that players go through that process a second time and once again choose to play another season in college.

    Ohio State could also lose a player after the season to transfer, which has become increasingly common in college basketball. Holtmann's teams haven't been hit hard by transfers, though both Micah Potter and Jaedon LeDee left in the past year, so precedent exists.

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