Ohio State Basketball: Projecting The 2018-2019 Starting Lineup

Ohio State Basketball: Projecting The 2018-2019 Starting Lineup

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Ohio State Basketball: Projecting The 2018-2019 Starting Lineup


Ohio State’s run in the NCAA tournament came to a disappointing end, and now it’s time to look forward to next year. Here’s our early bird projection of what next year’s starting lineup and other key players could be.


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Ohio State Basketball: Projecting The 2018-2019 Starting Lineup

Ohio State had a season to remember — at least as far as setting a solid foundation — but now it must face a retooling of sorts. Seniors Kam Williams, Jae’Sean Tate and Andrew Dakich are all gone, and we must also assume that fifth-year junior Keita Bates-Diop is also on his way to the NBA.

Unless he’s not … But he probably is.

That means Chris Holtmann faces the challenge of replacing three starters, and a key contributor and ball-handler off the bench.

Considering what’s going to be left in the cupboard, and what’s coming with next year’s crop of recruits, here’s an early bird look at what the starting lineup and bench contributions could look like next year.

Point Guard

C.J. JacksonSenior, 6-1, 175 lbs.

Holtmann and staff might go the transfer/JUCO route to try and find a true table-setter, but for now, Jackson will most likely be the guy. He isn’t a natural point guard, but he saw plenty of action bringing the ball up this year and fared fairly well. He’ll be looked at for leadership and more next year.

Shooting Guard

Luther MuhammadFreshman, 6-4, 185 lbs.

We’re going to go ahead and say that one of the incoming freshman are going to make a huge impact this next year — much like what Kaleb Wesson did for this team when there was a need in the blocks.

Ohio State needs ball-handlers, and Muhammad can provide that and some much-needed scoring at the guard position. He’s the highest rated recruit coming in and has a skill set that could translate immediately — if his head’s on straight from the jump.

Small Forward/Guard

Andre Wesson — Junior, 6-6, 220 lbs.

Wesson had some big moments this past year and started to get more meaningful minutes as the season wore on. His defense became a strength and he was able to knock down some big, open jumpers from beyond the arc (even if one was a bank shot). His versatility defensively will most likely give him an edge on many others.

Power Forward/Stretch Four

Micha Potter — Junior, 6-9, 240 lbs.

Potter needs to figure it out a little on the defensive end, but he’s a tough matchup for opposing teams with his height and ability to step outside and bomb away. He could stand to develop a little more around the basket and get a little more aggressive on the boards, but he’s primed for a bigger role.

Center/Forward

Kaleb Wesson — Junior, 6-6, 220 lbs.

Get ready for the offense to go through the younger Wesson next year. He was an all Big-Ten Freshman performer this year, and is poised to have a breakout year. He’s got a big body, with great footwork and touch around the rim. He needs to figure out how to play defense without fouling, but he could be a monster with another year of basting and seasoning.

Key Bench Players

Musa Jallow — Junior, 6-6, 220 lbs.

Jallow is raw, but with a high ceiling. We have to remember that he just turned eighteen during the season because of a reclassification, so there’s still a learning curve to embark upon. There’s no denying his athletic ability, and if he can further develop his shot and ball handling, he’s got a chance to even move into the starting five. He’ll at the least a part of the main rotation.

Kyle Young — Junior, 6-6, 220 lbs.

It was thought to be a thief in the night steal getting Young away from Butler when Holtmann accepted the Ohio State job, but he hasn’t quite looked ready for the big stage yet. Give the kid time and continue to drop him into game situations and he’ll develop and be fine. Ohio State needs him to be, and if he finds his confidence, he too could even crack the starting five.

Jaedon LeDee — Freshman, 6-7, 230 lbs.

Ohio State got in on the Texas recruit late in the game but was able to sway him to come to Columbus. He might not be a lock to get playing time as a freshman, but he’s a top 100 recruit with length and ability that could be slotted in a meaningful role right away. He spurned big time schools like Kentucky, Arizona and Kansas to come to Columbus. It just depends on how he transitions to the college game.

The Rest Of The Roster

Duane Washington — Freshman, 6-3, 190 lbs.
Justin Ahrens — Freshman, 6-5, 181 lbs.
Joey Lane — Senior, 6-1, 180 lbs.
Daniel Hummer — Senior, 6-0, 175 lbs.
Matt Lehman — Senior, 6-4, 205 lbs.
Connor Fulton — Sophomore, 6-4, 175 lbs.

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