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Every major college basketball team’s offseason is filled with ups and downs, and Ohio State’s is no different. Thad Matta and company have had a better offseason than many, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a hiccup here and there.
Read on to see the ups and downs for the Buckeyes’ offseason, most of which deals with recruiting. After all, that’s what the primary concern for the coaching staff often is when there aren’t any games to be played.
Up: The Commitment of D’Angelo Russell
If it seems like forever ago that Thad Matta landed pledges from Jae’sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, and that is because it has been forever by recruiting standards.
Both potential superstars in the making committed to Ohio State in November of 2012 and haven’t wavered from their intentions since. However, the verbal commitment of another 5-star prospect made this class one of the nation’s elite early in the process this offseason.
D’Angelo Russell is a legitimate playmaker who can fill the point guard and shooting guard roles thanks to a solid shooting stroke and tremendous ball-handling ability. The fact that he is versatile enough to play the point is critical because Aaron Craft will have graduated and Shannon Scott will be a senior when Russell arrives.
Thus far the commitment of Russell has been the highlight of the offseason for the Ohio State basketball program.
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