Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Randy Ayers Team

Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Randy Ayers Team

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Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Randy Ayers Team


We’re about ready for another installment of The Basketball Tournament to tip-off. The team is full of former Thad Matta players, so it got us thinking who are the best all-time players Matta coached? Then it got us wondering about the best OSU players for the last four coaches. This time, we’ll look at the all Randy Ayers Team.


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Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Randy Ayers Team

We’ve already unveiled our All Thad Team and the All Jim O’Brien Team, and now we’ve decided to push ahead and identify an All Randy Ayers squad as well. We’ll also do an all Gary Williams team, but that’s later.

Why? Because we can, but mostly because the next edition of The Basketball Tournament is getting ready to tip-off, and it’s got a slew of former Thad Matta players running around and completing extraordinary feats of athletic endeavors.

After all, in case you missed it, the big man himself — Greg Oden — had decided to suit up for Team Scarlet & Gray. That alone might be worth dialing up the ESPN family of networks and watching this thing play out.

Anyway, enough about Thad’s guys, we’re here to identify our Randy Ayers team that started off white-hot, only to hit some major speed-bumps at the tail end of his tenure.

Point Guard

Mark Baker

Though Doug Etzler got some love by one of our writers, the selection by way of majority is Mark Baker at point guard.

Baker wasn’t much in the way of stature, at just 6-1, 175 lbs., but he was the guy who set everything up for the outstanding teams in both 1991 and 1992. He wasn’t looked on to score much or bomb away from beyond the arc with guys like Jimmy Jackson, Perry Carter, Treg Lee, etc. on the team, but when he had to get in the lane and make a play, he could.

He was adept at pushing the pace in the open court, while having a knack for finding holes in the lane and using his crazy leaping ability to get a shot off when called upon.

He averaged over double figures in points per game his junior and senior seasons and went for over five assist per game where he is still Ohio State’s sixth all-time leader.

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