The Ohio State basketball program had their first practice of the new season today as they start their march toward an interesting 2020 season.
The football team isn’t the only sport starting to gear up for an interesting 2020 season. The Ohio State basketball team had their first practice of 2020 today as they get ready for their season. Their season will start on November 25th in South Dakota.
Chris Holtmann has plenty of questions he needs to answer with his squad heading into this season. He loses his best overall player in Kaleb Wesson, almost his entire recruiting class from a year ago, and has to integrate two transfers into the system.
D.J. Carton, Luther Muhammad, and Alonzo Gaffney all decided to leave the program this past summer. Muhammad was the only non-freshman of that group and had some issues last season, getting suspended for violating team rules. Carton didn’t play the second half of the year because of mental health issues.
Holtmann will try to replace those players with Cal transfer Justice Sueing and Harvard transfer Seth Towns. Sueing already sat out in 2019 after being Cal’s leading scorer in 2018. He is expected to have a major role with this team and provide some much-needed scoring.
Towns is a grad transfer and still isn’t completely healthy. He missed all of last season with a knee injury. He isn’t quite all the way back yet. That might allow Musa Jallow to get some much needed minutes after he missed all of last season with an ankle injury.
E.J. Liddell finished strong last season and is in line to have a big year. He will likely be the focal point of the Buckeyes’ attack in the half-court offense. He takes over the post role now that Wesson has departed. Duane Washington will look to be more consistent too.
Day one is where it all starts for this Ohio State basketball team though. Now that day one is here, they can start improving and get ready for what is sure to be a challenging 2020 season.