An unexpectedly tumultuous offseason has finally given way to actual games for Ohio State. The Buckeyes have played two games with Chris Holtmann as coach, and although wins against Robert Morris and Radford don't move the needle much, they give us an actual body of work to analyze.

The usual caveats about drawing conclusions from the first two games that also came against overmatched competition all apply. Keeping that in mind, though, here are five things we have learned about the 2017-18 Ohio State team that we didn’t know Friday night.

1. Keita Bates-Diop could be an all-Big Ten player.

For the last two seasons, Jae’Sean Tate has been the most reliable Ohio State player because his hustle and passion were never in question. This season, it looks like Bates-Diop could push him for that title.

His story is well-known to Buckeyes fans. Mononucleosis cost him the two NIT games during his sophomore season, and then successive leg injuries robbed him of what everyone within the program was fully expecting to be a breakout year last season. Now with a medical redshirt under his belt, Bates-Diop is fully healthy for the first time in roughly a year and a half and showing the potential that makes him a legitimate NBA prospect.

Bates-Diop entered the season with six double-doubles to his name. Now for the first time in his career, Bates-Diop has double-doubles in consecutive games: 19 points and 11 rebounds against Robert Morris, and 22 points and 10 rebounds against Radford two days later. That computes to an average of 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

What has been most impressive, though, is how effortless Bates-Diop has made it look. He has been active in every aspect of the game, from diving for loose balls to playing center when Holtmann has gone with a small lineup, and every indication is that he’s dialed in for a special season. Consistency will remain a question mark until he disproves lingering worries from his solid-if-inconsistent sophomore season, but this could prove to be a special season for Bates-Diop.

2. This roster is very much a work in progress.

Holtmann has been forthright when discussing his team, pointing out that getting the job in June and having to spend July burning up the recruiting trail have not helped him learn his team any quicker. The goal, obviously, is to play better as the season progresses and both players and coaches get a better feel for each other, but for now Holtmann said he’s still learning who he can count on and what lineups work well together.

That much was evident against Radford, when the Buckeyes used 17 lineups, including 11 that didn’t see any time against Robert Morris. Holtmann said the starting lineup is likely to change often throughout the year, so it will be interesting to see how the substitutions continue to evolve as he refines his rotation.

3. All three freshmen are clearly freshmen.

Holtmann inherited center Kaleb Wesson for the class of 2017, and after taking the job he flipped Kyle Young from Butler to Ohio State and secured a signature from Musa Jallow, who otherwise would be playing his senior year of high school basketball.

All three have shown flashes, but each is far from a finished product. Jallow looked explosive and dangerous in the opener with 11 points and two steals, but he was lost against Radford and limited to one point while committing four fouls. Kaleb Wesson has averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in his first two games, but Holtmann has said he is going to battle foul trouble all season. Young, meanwhile, threw down two impressive dunks against Robert Morris but was the final scholarship player to take the floor against Radford and has a team-worst individual plus-minus rating of minus-12.

Young is playing behind Bates-Diop and looks ticketed for fewer minutes than the other two, but all three will be counted on in some capacity this season.

4. There is reason to be concerned at the point guard position.

I’ll have more on this later this week, but the Radford game gave the strongest indication yet that the Buckeyes might struggle taking care of the ball. Highlanders coach Mike Jones said he had his players pick up some full-court pressure because the Buckeyes don’t have any proven experience at the point.

Ohio State has averaged 17.0 turnovers in its first two games and gave it away 15 times against Radford. Tate leads the team with 10 turnovers, C.J. Jackson has nine and Andrew Dakich has four, and those are the three primary ball-handers.

In other words, the early signs aren’t good.

5. Kam Williams is playing the best-rounded basketball of his career.

Throughout his Ohio State career, Williams has endeared himself as a tireless gym rat and a dangerous three-point shooter. That slipped last season, when he was thrust into a starting role, Big Ten defenses planned for him more extensively and his confidence wavered.

This season, he’s 3 of 9 on three-pointers. Perhaps just as importantly, he has taken 10 field goals from within the arc and hit on six of them. That’s gotten him to the free-throw line a bit, where he’s perfect on four attempts. After the opener, Holtmann praised him for his awareness throughout the game and said he was happy to see Williams hit some shots late to reward him for some unseen dirty work during the first half.

This won’t be a great three-point shooting team, so it’s critical that Williams hit his share of them. But if he can get to the rim with more regularity and the free-throw line as a result, that will be arguably just as important.