The Ohio State basketball team received some great news involving one of their returning leaders yesterday. Jon Rothstein reported that Buckeye senior big man, Zed Key, has been fully cleared for all basketball activities per Chris Holtmann.
This is significant news for the Ohio State basketball team. Key will be a major piece in the offense on the inside, and he will bring a lot of leadership to the locker room during his senior season.
The clearance for Key also brings a lot of much-needed additional depth and experience to the center position. In the post along with Key, the Buckeyes return Felix Okpara for his sophomore year, and they bring in 6-11 freshman big man, Austin Parks. Holtmann will have a lot of options to utilize down low in the 2023-24 season.
Before going down with a season-ending shoulder injury, Key had a terrific start to his junior year. He finished the year with averages of 10.8 points per game, and 7.5 rebounds per game on 54.7% shooting from the field.
Key is an undersized five that is long and has great footwork inside. He’s got a nice touch with a left-handed hook shot that’s known to be pretty lethal in the post. We saw glimpses last season of Key working to expand his game by adding a jump shot to his arsenal as well.
With a fully healthy shoulder now, Key is looking to have a monster senior year at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are striving to bounce back from the disappointing 2022-23 season. In order to do that, Key’s leadership and health will be a major factor in doing so.
Key became a fan favorite early in his career at Ohio State. The Buckeye faithful will be happy to see his finger guns and “raise the roof” antics back on the court this winter.