Ohio State will have a very different look on teh hardwood this season as they welcome five true freshmen and two other players who have yet to see time for the Buckeyes in redshirt freshman Dave Bell and Virginia Techtransfer Trevor Thompson.
Those players were not available at Ohio State's media day Tuesday, but the returning players -- Jae'Sean Tate, Marc Loving, Keita Bates-Diop and Kam Williams -- and head coach Thad Matta spoke about the expectations for the Buckeyes.
Jae'Sean Tate finished last season as a starter and said that he worked diligently on improving his jump shot in the offseason so he can contribute more outside the post.
As the lone junior on a team without scholarship seniors, Loving will be expected to be a leader for the Buckeyes this season. He spoke about his ability to fill that role.
Like Tate, Williams talked about working on his jumper, though his issue was more with consistency than range.
Unsurprisingly, Matta is unsure how the 11 players on his roster will fit into the rotation this season. The coach spoke about who might start and the positives Bates-Diop's length offers the team.