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Chris Holtmann Will Pursue 'Ohio State Guys' On The Recruiting Trail

Without question, recruiting is one of the main reasons Ohio State made a change in leadership in the men's basketball program. New Buckeye coach Chris Holtmann discussed his recruiting goals during his introductory press conference on Monday.

Before Chris Holtmann was officially introduced as Ohio State's 14th head men's basketball coach, a plethora of former basketball Buckeyes filed into the Schottenstein Center to see the man who would replace their former leader. 

Former Buckeyes such as Jared Sullinger, Evan Ravenel, Dallas Lauderdale and Mark Titus watched as Holtmann was introduced and while the new leader made a point to say the door was open to all former OSU stars, it was apparent that bringing future stars into the program is the focus for Ohio State's new coach. 

"We will be selective in our pursuit of Ohio State guys," Holtmann said. "It is not going to be for everyone. Tough, talented, unselfish and committed student-athletes who value this place, who come here and say, 'Wow. What an incredible place.'

"This region is a tremendous area for talented, smart and tough players. I have recruited Ohio for over 20 years and it has outstanding players and coaches. Some of the very best in the country. It will be paramount to our success."


Before leaving Butler for Ohio State, Holtmann put together one of the best recruiting classes in Bulldog history. The top commit in the 2017 Butler class was power forward Kyle Young out of Massillon (Ohio) Jackson High School, who committed to Holtmann's Bulldogs over Ohio State and others in August of 2016. 

While Young remains a Bulldog, Holtmann said one of his many goals as the Buckeye head coach is to prevent top in-state talent from leaving Ohio, much like Young and multiple top players have done in recent years. 

"We are going to work extremely hard as a staff to close the borders and dominate the state of Ohio in recruiting," Holtmann said. "It will be an everyday focus for us."

The Buckeyes currently have one commit in the 2018 recruiting class in Dane Goodwin after former commit Justin Ahrens reopened his recruitment one day after it was announced Thad Matta would no longer be Ohio State's head coach. 

Ohio State also lost a commitment from Darius Bazley in April after he cited the Buckeyes lack of postseason success as a reason for his decommitment in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch. 

Stay tuned to BuckeyeSports.com in the coming hours and days for more coverage on Holtmann's introductory press conference at Ohio State. 

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