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Guard CJ Walker Visits The Buckeyes

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CJ Walker, who is a transfer from Florida State, will go to Ohio State at the weekend, according to reports.

The crew headed by Chris Holtmann will welcome the Seminole former guard.

Now that their initial season as Buckeyes leaders is out of the way, Holtmann - along with the coaching team at Ohio State - has been working hard to contact several transfer prospects who are available.

Jon Rothstein, from CBS Sports, reports that Holtmann and Co will soon get the opportunity to show college basketball's top guard transfer what he could expect if he became a student/athlete for the Buckeyes.

4/3/2018 3:46:29 PM
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Keita Bates-Diop Conference Player Of The Year

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Just a mere year ago Keita Bates-Diop was part of a team that only managed 11th place in the Big Ten conference. This year, not only is he a member of a second place team, Ohio State, he is also player of the year for the Big Ten. This is a prestigious title given by media and coaches.

The stats Keita Bates-Diop put forth to win the title, an average of 8.9 rebounds and 19.2 points per game. These impressive stats were accumulated just one season after a leg injury. His points average would also be one of the reasons that the Buckeyes would finish second in the season. The Ohio State team finished the season with an equally impressive record of 24-7, 15-3.

This is not Keita Bates-Diop's only title. The native from Normal, Illinois has also been Player of the Week for the Big Ten conference four times. Other impressive statistics include a 35 point, career-high game against Illinois in early February. In the game against Michigan State, ranked number one, he would rack up 32 points. As a redshirt junior Bates-Diop should have two 30 point games, giving a hint to the current seasons success.

2/28/2018 1:36:46 PM
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Ohio State Beating Purdue Lands Them at No 8 in the AP Poll

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Ohio State beats Purdue in the final minutes of the game last week leading the team to be ranked number 8 in the latest NCAAM AP Poll. The number three team in the nation, Purdue, saw their 19 game winning streak come to an end against Ohio State. This was due in part to the performance of junior, Keita Bates-Diop. His tip-in, with 2.8 seconds left on the clock, gave Ohio State their one point win against Purdue.

This would be the first Big Ten loss for Purdue. It would also put an end to their record winning streak. The epic 64-63 victory pushed the Buckeyes into a first place tie. The game, at times, seemed like a shoe-in for Purdue. At one point, during the second half of the game, Purdue led by a stout 14 points However, Ohio State proved they could handle the pressure whittling down this lead and several last-minute clutch plays.

2/12/2018 12:53:49 PM
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Ohio State Buckeyes Take Victory After Deficit
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The Ohio State Buckeyes got the victory Monday night despite trailing the Michigan Wolverines by as much as 20 points in the first half. The brutal first half included seven turn overs by the Buckeyes. They would end the first half with a 13 point deficit against the Wolverines.

The second half started with the Buckeyes on fire sinking 10 of 13 first shots.  The Wolverines, who started the first half sinking 60 percent of their shots, cooled in the beginning of the second half missing the first four shots of the half. Ohio State would see their first time in the lead with a little over 12 minutes left in the game. C.J. Jackson and Keita Bates-Diop sank the free throws that would put the Buckeyes in the lead.

12/7/2017 1:35:14 PM
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The Ohio State Basketball 2018 Early Signing Class

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Chris Holtmann and Ohio State welcome in four new members for the 2018 Men’s Basketball roster. With the early signing period starting Wednesday this week, Ohio State and the men’s basketball coaching staff welcomes in four members of the new 2018 recruiting class. Previous verbal commits got the opportunity to make it official and begin their careers as Buckeyes.

Luther Muhammad 6’3”

Luther Muhammad was the highest rated player in the class and comes at a position the needs more depth. From Hudson Catholic NJ, Muhammad is a four star shooting guard who rated 72nd to 75th overall nationally.

Justin Ahrens 6’5”

Small Forward Justin Ahrens is the only player from Ohio to sign in the class, he’s from Versailles. Ahrens is a three star prospect ranked as the 10th best in Ohio. He had opened up his recruiting after Thad Matta was let go from the program but returned to Buckeyes after Holtmann offered him another scholarship.

11/9/2017 2:59:50 PM
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How Ohio State Center Kaleb Wesson Is Defying All The Odds

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Already the superstar of the Ohio State 2017 recruiting class, a lot was expected from Kaleb Wesson in Columbus. Surprisingly, Kaleb Wesson is yet to disappoint. Kaleb was born in Westerville, Ohio and the younger brother of Andre the Ohio State forward.

Kaleb Wesson has come a long way from No. 74 in Ohio to the state's top player. Kaleb Wesson had to shed 60 pounds to assume an Olympic stature at the collegiate level. Like a snake shedding its skin to achieve the impossible dream, Jae'Sean Tate says that Kaleb Wesson has become as multifaceted as a diamond in his play.

With comments like that, it was quite clear that Kaleb Wesson has surpassed the diamond in the rough stage of his career. Tate was also quick to notice that Kaleb Wesson owned the ball at every practice and concluded that Wesson was ready for prime time.

10/23/2017 2:41:46 PM
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Justin Ahrens Returns Home To The OSU Basketball Program

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Justin Ahrens has rejoined the class of 2018 for Ohio State after de-committing when Thad Matta was released.

Justin Ahrens

Ahrens is a three star wing player from Versailles Ohio who had opened up his recruiting after Thad Matta was let go by Ohio State but has now re-committed to Chris Hermann and the new coaching staff.

He received a new offer from Chris Hermann in July, shortly after his hiring.

Recently he had a top 6 of Michigan, Ohio State, Xavier, Purdue, Dayton and Vanderbilt.

At 6-5 and 181 lbs., the small forward turned down Michigan and Xavier, the two teams that had seemed to be in the lead prior to his announcement. He visited Michigan and Xavier in August and then saw Ohio State football play UNLV in the Ohio Stadium this past weekend and committed on Sunday.

9/26/2017 12:48:51 PM
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Small Guard Luther Muhammad Commits to Ohio State

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2018 New Jersey small guard Luther Muhammad committed to the Ohio State basketball team and Chris Holtmann last week. He was one of four recruits to commit to the Buckeyes during the week that took their 2018 team from non-existent to one of the better teams in the country. Holtmann has had trouble getting players from Ohio  due to the late start he walked into. But his ability to pull players from around the country is something that should benefit the Buckeye program for years.

Luther Muhammad

Muhammad, 6’4” 185 lbs.,  comes from Jersey City New Jersey Hudson Catholic. He is  a considered a four star prospect and the 89th best player in the country.

Ohio State also picked up Jaedon LeDee and Duane Washington Jr. prior to getting the commitment from Muhammad.

Muhammad’s top five included Virginia, West Virginia, Xavier, Ohio State and St John’s. He visited OSU on September 9th for the Oklahoma game, the same weekend LeDee was in Columbus. Holtmann also made an in-home visit on the 18th of September.

9/25/2017 1:25:24 PM
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Ohio State Basketball Increases Roster For The Fall

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Ohio State Basketball has added two additional local walk-ons to their roster for this upcoming season, increasing the count to 14.

Chris Holtmann has secured the services of Air Force transfer Danny Hummer and Bishop Watterson recruit Matt Lehmann. Hummer played high school ball for Upper Arlington near Columbus.

8/18/2017 3:05:06 PM
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Ohio State Pursuing 2018 Point Guard Noah Locke

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Ohio State is looking to add a highly ranked point guard to their 2018 class with Noah Locke from Owings Mills Maryland. Locke is a 6’2” guard rated the 15th best at his position in the country. He will visit the Buckeyes on August 22nd with previous visits going to Michigan, Florida, Xavier and Providence. Kansas was also looking to sign Locke but did not get an official visit from him. Michigan has only one scholarship open for the 2018 class and is hosting a number of other recruits. Ohio State is in great need of a point guard and has a thin roster at this time, would be a good spot for Locke.

8/17/2017 4:54:42 PM
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Justin Ahrens Considering Ohio State Again

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Once an Ohio State verbal commitment to play basketball for Thad Matta and Ohio State, Versailles Ohio standout Justin Ahrens has the Buckeyes in his top 6 for consideration. In fact, Ahrens was on campus this week visiting with new head coach Chris Holtmann.

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Small Forward Justin Ahrens had been a commitment to the Ohio State University for almost a year before news broke that Thad Matta was being let go. His teammate Darius Bazley was also set to join Matta in 2018 and become a part of the rebuilding that needed to be done. Bazley actually jumped ship earlier as the Buckeyes struggled in Big 10 play and did not make the post-season last year. But Ahrens waited until the coaching change to start looking around. Now he has a new scholarship offer from former Butler coach Chris Holtmann and is considering OSU in a recent top 6 that he provided to reporters. Holtmann has jumped on the recruiting trail and been able to bring in some good talent, ranking the current class atop the Big Ten.

8/11/2017 1:46:05 PM
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Ohio State Basketball Adds Walk-On Connor Fulton

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The Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball have an new walk-on for 2017, Connor Fulton. Chris Holtmann was hoping to beef up the Buckeyes basketball roster with a few walk-on players like Connor Fulton.

Fulton was added to the roster on Thursday. Currently he plays guard in Utah, but will be attending Ohio state come this coming fall semester.

7/25/2017 3:56:46 PM
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Musa Jallow Declares For The 2017 Buckeye Basketball Team

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Musa Jallow signs for Ohio State basketball, and agrees to a 2017 reclassification

The team for Ohio State basketball next season previously consisted of eight scholarship players. For this reason, Chris Holtmann the coach was on the hunt for some fresh talent.

On Friday, he found just what he was looking for.

Musa Jallow, the Indiana based four star wing, stated on Twitter that he had committed to Ohio State on Friday evening. This former prospect for 2018 will start a year earlier than originally intended, and play for the Buckeyes next season.

The 200 pound, six foot five inch small forward opted for the Buckeyes, instead of Vanderbilt, Indiana, Stanford and Virginia. At Butler, he was a top priority target for Holtmann. He has a 120 overall player rating in 2017 composite ratings.

7/10/2017 3:54:06 PM
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Chris Holtmann Joins The Buckeyes As Coach

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The Buckeyes Officially Name Chris Holtmann as Chief Basketball Coach

On Friday, Chris Holtmann was named officially as the fourteenth chief coach of Ohio State. Thad Matta, the previous coach, departed on Monday following thirteen seasons in charge.

Holtmann has been signed for eight years, and will earn a salary of roughly three million dollars per year. A press release from the university stated that the contract details are yet to be fully decided, and will be announced in the near future. Holtmann is set to be introduced officially at a media conference on Monday at 11:00, at the Value City Arena.

Gene Smith, Athletic Director for the Buckeyes, made a statement saying that Holtmann is a man of integrity and a proven winner, who is enthusiastic about the task in front of him.

Forty-five year old Holtmann arrives at the Buckeyes following a few seasons as the chief coach for Butler. During that time with the Bulldogs, he achieved a record of 70--31 and guided his team through the NCAA tournament each year.

6/12/2017 4:40:47 PM
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Lyle Left Ohio On Bad Terms

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Ohio State Basketball point guard JaQuan Lyle left the team last April. There was no reason given from his side as of yet, but an Ohio State representative put out a statement that indicated that he had quit the team April eleventh. Along with that, he was arrested on a Saturday morning on three misdemeanor charges. The charges include criminal mischief, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct.

It is a shame that the young man ran into these problems since he had such a promising future. After 66 career collegiate games with Ohio State with an appealing stat line it is safe to say the young man's future is in big jeopardy. Averaging about eleven points per game with four and a half assists and a solid four rebounds a game Ohio State will certainly be missing this young man on the court. After this year's loss to Rutgers in the Big10 tournament a source hold said he would definitely be back next year.

5/19/2017 12:28:54 PM
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Ohio State 2017 Football Schedule

Cotton Bowl v USC 12/29 24-7

Big Ten Football Championship 27-21
Thu, Aug 31 @ Indiana 49-21

Sat, Sep 9 vs Oklahoma 16-31

Sat, Sep 16 vs Army 38-7

Sat, Sep 23 vs UNLV 54-21

Sat, Sep 30 @ Rutgers 56-0

Sat, Oct 7 vs Maryland 62-14

Sat, Oct 14 @ Nebraska 56-14

Sat, Oct 28 vs Penn State 39-38

Sat, Nov 4 @ Iowa 24-55

Sat, Nov 11 vs MI State 48-3

Sat, Nov 18 vs Illinois 52-14

Sat, Nov 25 @ Michigan 31-20

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