Ohio State way down? How much farther down from where they were last season do you think the Buckeyes can go? LOL
BTW, I don't disagree. : )
I think one aspect in particular w/this Ohio State team is they are going to be a pissed off bunch of kids on floor. If they don't play with that attitude, then, for sure, Thad Matta will be gone. Not saying they will play well as an angry team ; ) ...just that they should do so...
Anyway, here's a decent look at Ohio State next season by a twitter account who usually provides informed takes:
The point guard position will be tested.
Not sure there's enough quality there.
The backup, Braxton Beverly, is a post-grad player from Hargrave Military.
Had 70 pts in a Hargrave game two seasons ago. 14-20 from three. 18-20 at the FT line.
Has a very good shot.
But that's not his best attribute.
I saw Hargrave play twice this season.
Braxton can run an offense and handle the ball well versus pressure.
One thing he might be able to do is help solidify Ohio State's offense with consistent play.
Given the inconsistency of JaQuan Lyle is gone, Ohio State's PG position might actually be in better hands. (We can talk about terms all we want but I'm saying that purely from an all round perspective)
These words typify the life of a Buckeye basketball fan right now:
Well, I've been down so Goddamn long
That it looks like up to me
Well, I've been down so very damn long
(So why not be optimistic?) : )
I haven't seen Kaleb Wesson play in person but I've watched entire televised games of his and almost every single one of any videos he's been in. He'll do it a different way but I think he'll match Trevor Thompson's output from last season plus, my opinion, I think he'll be a better all round player...next season. Kaleb got the better of Gahanna's (MSU now) Nick Ward in big games when Nick was a senior in HS. Before Kaleb lost 70 pounds. He's a gifted passer for a big man. I think it's possible he hit over 50% of his three point attempts last season. His footwork is of the old school you can't touch it style. He'l get his shots off. Foot speed/mobility and conditioning got way better as last season went on. He might be the surprise of the Big 10 freshman class next season.
So, Wesson = Thompson, maybe eclipses him.
I feel Funderburk is just going to help Ohio State out more than Marc Loving was capable of. This one could be shaky because you never know how a freshman will react. But just his energy on court will make a difference. Think Daniel Giddens with actual skills beyond his athletic ability.
So, that's my take. A lot rides on two unsung freshman but also on some talented players like Jae'Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop who have to be just outright sick of all the crap they've been a part of, and have had to endure.
It's absolutely possible the Buckeyes may not make any headway this season. If Thad Matta can't find a way to sew quality into the fabric of this next season's team then it's been nice knowing you Coach Matta. He'll be asked to retire.
Hope I haven't been boorish here. But that's how I choose to see next season's team.