Diehard Ohio State basketball fans are likely still reeling from the heartbreaking loss their beloved Buckeyes suffered at the hands of Wichita State in the Elite Eight. But once the disappointment fades it will be time to turn their attention toward next season.
When determining whether the Scarlet and Gray will be better or worse in the 2013-14 campaign than the previous one, the logical place to start is the departure of superstar Deshaun Thomas. The versatile forward led the Big Ten in scoring and was the one consistent go-to guy in an offense that often became stagnant in the half court.
Even if Thomas did come with some frustration (poor shot selection and occasional defensive lapses come to mind), he will be a monumental loss that will be near impossible to replace.
Another red flag regarding next season is where the low-post production will come from. Evan Ravenel became a critical component to Ohio State’s late-season turnaround on both ends of the floor. His absence…
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