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Neither were 5 stars on rivals Williams was fringe top 100 and Evan was in the 40s
Absolutely good news. He would have been a nice 10th man, but that is not what you recruit.
This is part of the problem the SEC deals with in football - when you have a lot of top basketball schools in one area, it's tough to get recruits. We have UK, Michigan State, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, and others within a fairly close area. The midwest is loaded with top basketball programs, especially with the resurgence of Indiana and Michigan. If Ohio doesn't have great players, we lose one of our biggest advantages - the kids who grew up Buckeyes.
I don't see Hayes as much of a loss. I don't get too excited about a 6'8" power forward who isn't extremely athletic. He's not a bruiser, nor does he have the ball skills of a great wing player. His ceiling is a decent role player, so I'm not saying he'd never play - but I don't think he'll ever be a great player. I'm sure we can get someone else to bring that to the table.
It is preposterous to suggest that Matta's foot drop is the cause of our lack of recruiting success over the past 18 months. While it limits his on court practice participation, that is all it limits. His recruiting time/energy level haven't changed. His "health" has absolutely nothing to do with it.
It's about the lack of big time Ohio talent, and the fact that Midwest Top 50 OOS kids are only going to come to tOSU if they see immediate starting time, and only if UK doesn't want them.
Sure, we need to get a quality big 4/5 in here (certainly not Nigel Hayes or Marc Loving; Loving is more a 3), but that said, if Amir Williams was developing, we probably wouldn't be having this level of conversation. I'm going to guess that Trey McDonald ends up with a greater impact on this season than anyone can imagine, and when he passes up Williams, we'll see what Amir is made of. If the light comes on, we're fine for another year or 2.
People that are in the bank the scholly camp. You realize next season your frontline is Williams, McDonald and Loving (who people are saying is a 3) looks like he's a finesse 4 right now
ALLLDAY at this point unless you can get a serviceable big why not? The only baller who is a big we really had a shot at was Williams and we missed. Matta has run a 4 out 1 post offense before. Looks like:
5 - Williams
That can work. I would rather that and put my hopes on a stud 14 class than bring in another post project like McDonald to take up space.
This post was edited by coolrahski 17 months ago
"Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state."
are you assuming Ross leaves after this year? If not, why wouldn't he be in that 4 instead of Loving? Is Loving that good to surpass Ross? Just asking..not arguing as I don't know where Ross projects at the NBA level if at all.
It was just one game of course but Ross would have to improve by leaps and bounds over the next five months to even be considered a late 1st round draft selection. He'd be a tweener at the next level and his not showcases a +1 skill that would make GMs over look this fact. VERY confident that he is part of our team next season.
My bad I totally forgot about Ross. Brain cramp! Insert him at the 4. I do not expect him to go pro.
Yep, Ross will be back and a year older, wiser and improved.
2013 starting line up:
Williams (C), Thompson and Ross at F's, and Smith and Craft in the back court, and back up's are Scott, Loving, McDonald, Williams and ADV
Just read a big on an Ohio site that covered Deonte Hawkins this weekend, he had 33 points and 18 rebounds in his prep game this weekend. Again, he is a 6'8" PF, and in one interviewed he said Matta loved him because he can take people off the dribble, and go inside.
Hawkins said Ohio State called him again this weekend, he gets his grades in tow, he has his offer.
Out of Dayton Dunbar he had offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Witchita State, Dayton, Auburn and West Virginia amongst his offers.
I will take Williams, good size and athletic by all reports, and he had some solid offers out of HS.
Dunbar HS has put some good kids into college recently as well. I think DqQuan Cook was from Dunbar, and Cleveland State/Miami Heat guard Norris Cole from Dunbar as well.
This post was edited by ohiost83 17 months ago
Ross is much better...at least at this point
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