Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate is one of three in-state talents to grace the regional cover of Lindy’s annual college basketball preview issue.
This year’s installment, which also features Cincinnati’s Gary Clark and Xavier’s Trevor Bluiett, does not forecast a very successful season for the Buckeyes. Seven Big Ten teams are projected to make the NCAA Tournament – Michigan State, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin – but not Ohio State.
#Buckeyes senior @o_tate made the regional Lindy’s cover.
The conference is ranked second overall behind the ACC, with the one-liner: “Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio State all take steps back, but NW and Minny are rising.”
The magazine lists the top 25 point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards and centers and Tate is the lone Buckeye to crack a list. He comes in as the No. 13 small forward and is mentioned as someone who “looks the part of a Buckeyes linebacker.” Ohio State is not listed among the top 10 frontcourts or backcourts, either.
One former Buckeye makes the list of top transfers, however: center Daniel Giddens, who will play for Alabama this year.
“It’s been reported that the 6-10 center has added 25 pounds of muscle to an already imposing frame,” it says.
Lindy’s also names Tate as the Big Ten’s most versatile player and lists him as a second-team all-conference selection.
As for the team, the Buckeyes are projected to finish ninth.
“(Coach Chris) Holtmann took over in June, which wasn’t an ideal time to get the Buckeyes back to their usual rare air,” it says. The “Good news,” though, is that “if Keita Bates-Diop comes back healthy, he joins Jae’Sean Tate and Kam Williams to form strong veteran core.”
Lindy’s highlights one key stat from each team, and for Ohio State it is 1.07. “Ohio State’s seven returning players combined for 216 assists and 202 turnovers last year, which suggest the Buckeyes will be near the bottom of the league’s assist-to-turnover ratio again this year. Only C.J. Jackson posted more assists than turnovers.”
Freshman Kyle Young is listed as one player to keep an eye on, Tate and Bates-Diop listed as honors candidates and freshman Kaleb Wesson as the top newcomer.
In summing up the team, Lindy’s concludes, “The ceiling is high at Ohio State – as proven by Matta’s pair of Final Four runs and his 25.9 wins per year over 13 seasons – but Holtmann’s task is tall. The Buckeyes have missed the last two NCAA Tournaments, and their recent recruiting hasn’t matched previous levels, which helps explain why Holtmann has the job.”
You can read the full review by picking up a copy at your local bookstore.