Following the transfer of three freshmen after the end of the season -- making it four total transfers for the 2015-16 campaign -- and the departure of assistant coach Jeff Boals for the head coaching job at Stony Brook and video coordinator Jake Diebler for an assistant position for Vanderbilt, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta was forced to make changes within the program. Unsurprisingly those changes are coming quickly.
The first move by Matta came with the signing of JUCO point guard C.J. Jackson.
The JUCO transfer, who attended high school at Montverde Academy, originally committed to George Mason as a member of the 2015 recruiting class but elected to attend Eastern Florida State College when George Mason underwent a coaching change. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
In his one year in junior college the 6-1, 170-pound point guard scored 16.9 points per game on 45 percent shooting from three-point range. He added 4.9 rebounds per game and 4.4 assistants en route to being named a second-team JUCO All-American.
The Buckeyes beat out UConn, Missouri, Seton Hall, UNLV, Virginia Tech and California to land Jackson, who will provide solid point guard depth for the Buckeyes next season following the departure of reserve guard A.J. Harris.
In a further effort to provide guard depth, the Buckeyes also extended an offer to 2016 point guard D'Mitrick Trice. The Buckeyes appear to be battling Wisconsin for the guard.
On the coaching front, nothing has been made official in the search for a replacement to Jeff Boals, but indications are the Buckeyes may bring back Chris Jent, who was an assistant for Ohio State from 2011-13.
Jent is currently the coach of the Bakersfield Jam, an NBA Developmental League team affiliated with the Phoenix Suns.