With the latest addition to the low post in Kaleb Wesson, going small is no longer in the cards for Ohio State.
Quite honestly at times it was painful to watch the play from the center position that Ohio State
was getting in the post Jared Sullinger era. Ohio State struggled mightily to get consistent production out of the post on both ends of the court, and it forced them to play small much of the time.
Seeing this, Thad Matta clearly never wanted to see that situation play out ever again. The Buckeyes have absolutely loaded up on post players the last three recruiting cycles, and now there will be no shortage of options for the Ohio State boss to turn to.
When looking at the Ohio State depth chart starting in 2017, the Buckeyes will have players who can only be classified at the center position, and another one in Derek Funderburk
who is a power forward/center combo.
Obviously that is a high number of scholarships to devote to one position on the court, but it also means there will be plenty of competition.
One of the interesting things about this situation is that all of the players do a little something different, so Matta will have to choose what style of play he is looking for, and also he can play matchups to determine who should get the bulk of the minutes.
Coming eligible this year for Ohio State is a trio of players at the position. Dave Bell
, Daniel Giddens
, and Trevor Thompson
will all vie for minutes at the position. Thompson coming off of transfer from Virginia Tech
is a sophomore while the other two are freshmen.
After that Ohio State brings in Micah Potter
who can stretch defenses with the perimeter jumper from the center spot, and then Funderburk who is leaner, longer, and more athletic and can probably get minutes at the power forward and center positions.
Now the Buckeyes also add Kaleb Wesson
who is the biggest of the bunch at 6-foot-9 and 295 pounds, and also has the best low post scoring touch and is the best passer of the group, though he lacks the ability to move laterally and isn’t an explosive athlete.
With Giddens who is an elite shot blocker and rebounder, Thompson who is a long, athletic, and raw kid with a ton of potential, and then Bell who looks the part more than anybody and also is a tremendous athlete, the options are plentiful.
Now the challenge for Matta will be keeping all of the players happy and at the same time figuring out when and how is the best way to optimize their specific skill sets.
All of that will play out over the next three seasons, but immediately it is known that playing a 6-foot-4 kid like Jae'sean Tate
at center is a thing of the past in Columbus.