A little background before we start: I’ve never been a base guard – at least not after 5th grade – so I may not be an expert in this position. I know How do For dribbling and passing, but neither skill was a top priority for me. Points win games, don’t break stress and fuel posting.
So, when I was playing in high school, I was what knowledgeable basketball coaches affectionately refer to as a “black hole.” My closeness to photography also earned me another nickname. My novice coach used to whisper it so my colleagues wouldn’t know I was receiving preferential treatment. He always said,That man‘, barely above a whisper, sometimes while shaking his head.
But I always heard it, and although he occasionally told me otherwise, I knew exactly what he meant. It meant I was his hole man, and he couldn’t believe the confidence with which he shot the ball. I rarely got in, but I had an uncanny ability to get rid of every miss and get a lock and load for the next chance. I always told him: “I’d rather go 0 for 30 than 0 for 9, because you go to 0 for 9, it means you stopped shooting. This means that you have lost confidence. “ I like to think the coach has always appreciated that mindset.
And on the topic of training, I think it peaked early there, too. Dad and I have had a cute little run for years, taking my younger sister’s team all the way to the Columbus YMCA Youth Grand Prix game. I was never able to get past the 22-19 defeat we suffered in a great title match, so I held off on holding the holster for too long. But I am a father now, and I was recently asked to take part in a youth football match. I almost single-handedly claimed my five- and six-year-olds to win from the sideline, but was told after the match that my competitive spirit was ill-fitting. It’s funny how no one has said the same thing to Michael Jordan.
So where am I going with this? Why all the background? I humbly admit that I’m not the number one expert at point guards or coaching (college basketball, in this case). However, I know little about the game, and I’ve done my fair share of watching it from the couch. However, I feel very confident in saying that playing the base is crucial to the success of any team. Unfortunately, Ohio State He has a bit of depth in the center, and I’m starting to feel uneasy about next season. No offense to Bruce Thornton, because I think he’s the star of the future.
The fact of the matter is, the Buckeyes family lacks any depth behind the upcoming new student. We’ve seen depth of PG bite this team where you know them before, especially in recent years. In fact, we’ve just watched her rear her ugly head in a number of games this past season. Penn State transfer Jamari Wheeler was brought in to replace CJ Walker – another PG transfer – and he did structural work (in my opinion). But when Wheeler couldn’t move forward or found himself in trouble, OSU turned to…pretty much nobody.
Meechie Johnson was injured or rendered ineffective during the second half of the season, ruling out one potential option. Furthermore, the coaching staff lacked confidence in Cedric Russell to handle the ball and, oddly enough, loathed handing over duties to Jimmy Sotos. It was Wheeler or bankruptcy, and even when he was in the game the offense often got too heavy for EJ Liddell and Malaki Branham. These two players did a lot with little, but good shots were hard to come by as defenses crowded into future first-round picks.
The lack of shooting and the subsequent spacing also played a role in the sometimes stagnant crime, but then again, it’s all about the depth. Ohio State has done a good job adding a lot of wingers to their next season roster, but very few in the way of proven ball handlers. Thornton, a four-star recruiter and top 50 player, appears to be able to fill a base PG position, but he’s never quite matched the Big Ten opponent — or any college opponent, for that matter. Even if Thornton turns out to be OSU’s next version of Mike Conley or D’Angelo Russell, expecting 30-35 minutes of him to instantly feel unfair (and unrealistic).
Now, Judge Sueing will be back in the Buckeyes fold – and he’s proven he’s comfortable with the ball in his hands – but he’s not a starting goalkeeper. His high assists-per-game run (in one season) was two zero points, which came back in 2018-19. When he showed off his playmaking ability for Crimson and Gray, he did so while surrounded by Liddell and Dwayne Washington. Next season, the swing will be counted as a primary scoring threat, rather than a forward facilitating point. Tanner Holden’s Wright State move also offered some game-making power, but I don’t think Ohio State brought him to drop fifteen cents per game.
There is simply a dearth of deep inside PG for OSU, no matter how it is cut. Roddy Gayle is another option to tackle The Rock, but he’s more of a scorer. Relying on Sueing, Holden, or Gayle (or Sean McNeil), would be a leap of faith. And maybe this for me problem. Maybe I just lack the aforementioned faith. I don’t necessarily doubt Chris Holtman’s ability to coach or build a roster, but depth of point base and/or recruiting has been a recurring topic under the current coach. He has constantly relied on the transfer market to fill the void left by recruitment.
Admittedly, there is still plenty of time for Holtmann and his staff to add to the 2022-23 roster, and We’ve heard about every potential diversion mentioned as a target for Buckeyes. So I might make a mountain out of a hill here. They could practically add a Wheeler or Sotos type, and put my fears to rest. But as of now, my anxiety level is creeping higher and higher. Ohio State is in the top 25, and it shouldn’t be hard to find more than one capable ranger…but here we go.