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.
Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Gary Williams Team
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 Gary Williams team. Williams laid a foundation that Ayers and future coaches were able to take advantage of.
Wilson should probably get more credit than he does. He played in an era in the Big Ten that had a deep and talented pool of players and teams. In fact, Gary Williams singled out Wilson in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch back in January of 2016.
As I went along my career in coaching I really started to realize how good of a point guard Curtis Wilson was because he was playing against Rumeal Robinson and Steve Alford and great point guards in the league at that time. Curtis more than held his own against those people, said Williams.
The stats back it up too. The 6-1 floor general averaged just over 12 points and five assists per game his last two seasons in Columbus. More than that though, he rarely came off the court and was the one that got everyone in the right spot on the floor, all while managing the pressure of handing the ball.
In an era where the Buckeyes didn’t have much depth, he had a motor that just kept going.