Ohio State basketball team lands transfer portal guard from San Diego State

The Ohio State basketball program now has its third player who has come in from the transfer portal.
Mar 27, 2024; Boston, MA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Micah Parrish (3) works a drill during a
Mar 27, 2024; Boston, MA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Micah Parrish (3) works a drill during a / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State basketball team has been looking for a wing in the transfer portal. Without Jamison Battle, the Buckeyes don't have an experienced wing on the roster. They have been searching in the transfer portal for either a tall guard to fill that spot or an actual wing.

Now the Buckeyes have that player. Micah Parrish, a guard from San Diego State, has announced that he is transferring to the Ohio State basketball team. He will use his final year of eligibility to play for the Buckeyes. He played for a national championship against UConn in the 2022-23 season with the Aztecs.

Parrish is tall, standing at 6'6 and 195 pounds. He's someone who is going to help the Buckeyes more on defense than offense because of his long wingspan. It's unclear if he will start or not, but he can help off the bench if he doesn't. They need someone who can come off the bench and switch defensively between two or three positions.

Parrish averaged 9.3 points per game with the Aztecs a year ago. He's not a very good shooter as he shot just 39% from the field last season. That's part of the reason why he may not start. It's hard to have a guy out there who is not a threat offensively.

Even so, Parrish gives something the Buckeyes didn't have on the roster; length on the perimeter. The perimeter defense was terrible for them last season, particularly when Chris Holtmann was still running things. Having a tall guard close out on three-point shooters makes things harder for the opposition.

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Jake Diebler continues to show that he can recruit well. He has now landed three players from the transfer portal this offseason, all of whom will impact the team next season. It's hard to have a much better first offseason for a first-time head coach.