Ohio State Head Coach Chris Holtmann Checks In With Updates

Ohio State Head Coach Chris Holtmann Checks In With Updates

Lori Schmidt

Ohio State Head Coach Chris Holtmann Checks In With Updates


Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann addressed this past season and looked ahead to next year during an almost hour-long sit down with the local media.


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Ohio State Head Coach Chris Holtmann Checks In With Updates

Buckeye men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann spent nearly an hour with reporters, but was prevented from discussing the big news of the day.

NCAA rules prohibit Holtmann from directly addressing the commitment of five-star, class of 2019 recruit Alonzo Gaffney. He was allowed, however, to speak about recruiting in general.

“You know, it’s been exciting,” he said. “Our season played a positive role in some of the recruiting momentum that we might be experiencing right now. What I think maybe it’s given some young people that we’re recruiting [is] a vision of what we could potentially look like.”

Holtmann also told reporters that he and his staff are busy trying to recruit a grad transfer or two, hoping to add some experience to the current Ohio State roster.

“We’re doing okay. We’ve got a couple visits here in the next week and a half that we’re excited about.”

Other topics Holtmann touched on during the afternoon press conference…

  • Although Holtmann likes how C.J. Jackson has grown as a point guard, the team still needs depth there. Incoming recruit Duane Washington can play the point, but OSU is also considering focusing their search for a grad transfer on that position.

  • Once recruiting slows down, Holtmann expects to involve himself in some off-court matters like improving “game-day operations” and “facility enhancements.”
  • Holtmann is hoping to have either a Big East or ACC opponent included as part of the home portion of next year’s schedule.
  • He expects all his assistants to return next year.

  • Holtmann has never been shy sharing credit with Thad Matta for Ohio State’s 2017-2018 success. When was the last time the two chatted? Immediately after the year ended. “He was just really complimentary of the job we had done, and I was really complimentary of him recruiting Keita [Bates-Diop] and JT [Jae’Sean Tate] and Kam [Williams] and those guys.”
  • Joey Lane has been on a scholarship the past two years, but the rising senior with 22 career points has been operating under the understanding that, should that scholarship be needed for another player, Lane might be asked to play as a walk-on again.

With all those matters on Holtmann’s agenda, one last revelation from the press conference came as no shock: Holtmann said his doctor attributed some recent hair loss to stress.

 

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