What Tony Skinn does for the Ohio State basketball program

Chris Holtmann added to his staff, hiring Tony Skinn as an assistant. What does he do for the Ohio State basketball program?

The Ohio State basketball team has finally filled the vacancy on their coaching staff. That vacancy was there because Terry Johnson decided to bolt for Purdue for a spot on their staff under Matt Painter. Chris Holtmann has found someone to take that spot.

That someone is Tony Skinn. Skinn is a former player who was a part of George Mason’s unlikely run to the Final Four back in 2006. He started his coaching career back in 2012 once his professional career overseas had subsided.

Skinn didn’t start coaching in the college ranks until 2015 where he was an assistant for Louisiana Tech. He stayed there until 2018, where he then moved onto Seton Hall. That’s where Holtmann hired him from. Skinn is now working for Holtmann and should help the Buckeyes.

What can Tony Skinn do for the Ohio State basketball program?

For one, Skinn can help recruiting. He has ties to the DMV area that can help Holtmann get top prospects from that area. Holtmann does a great job of recruiting already, but it never hurts to get assistants who are strong in that area as well. It will also help to get someone who has ties to a talent-rich area.

Skinn can also help Ohio State’s defense get better. Defense was the biggest problem the Buckeyes had last season and it was why they got upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It has to get better for them to be a real contender.

Holtmann has to be happy that his staff is finally filled out. Now he can just focus on recruiting and preparing for next season.