College basketball’s season is officially over, which means it’s high time to shift into the next phase of the calendar.
That, of course, would be recruiting. And with two available roster spots and significant need for experienced help in the backcourt, Ohio State is positioned to add to its 2018-19 roster via the transfer route. The Buckeyes will be dealing with a limited pool of potential players due to the university’s lofty academic standards for graduate school (a grade-point average of a 3.0 or close to that number is necessary to be accepted), but coach Chris Holtmann has been spotted making the rounds looking to find players who could be an immediate fit on the court and gain acceptance in the classroom.
Here’s an alphabetical list of potential targets that the Buckeyes have already been linked with.
Ehab Amin, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, graduate transfer
The 6-4 guard, who is from Egypt, has heard from the Buckeyes according to a report from 247Sports.com. Other schools to reach out include Florida State, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Nevada and BYU. As a junior, Amin averaged 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. He led the nation in steals, but he missed all of last season due to injury and took a medical redshirt.
Here’s how Amin announced his decision to transfer via Twitter:
pic.twitter.com/A6JiTvDfRg— Ehab amin (@ehab_amin4) March 28, 2018
Marcus Carr, Pittsburgh, transfer
According to multiple reports, Ohio State is one of many schools to reach out to the 6-1 guard, who averaged 10.0 points per game as a freshman. Other programs include Akron, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Texas and Xavier.
After sitting out a year, Carr would have three years of eligibility remaining. 247Sports ranked him as a three-star recruit in the class of 2017 after he spent his last two seasons at Montverde (Fla.) Academy.
Joe Cremo, Albany, graduate transfer
According to an ESPN report, the 6-4, 185-pound junior has heard from a bevy of schools including Arizona, Creighton, Wichita State, Louisville, Connecticut and West Virginia. Last season at Albany, Cremo averaged 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and shot 45.7 percent from three. He was named first-team all-America East on the court and all-academic team for his 3.36 grade-point average.
According to 247Sports, Cremo is looking to find a program where he could have a big role in an NCAA Tournament run.
Koby McEwen, Utah State, transfer
Utah State is undergoing a coaching change, and McEwen announced via Twitter that he would transfer after two seasons.
pic.twitter.com/VUjgcofMgI— Koby McEwen (@TheTrueOne1_) March 30, 2018
According to ESPN, he has heard from Ohio State, Creighton, Marquette, Oregon, Iowa State, Tennessee and others. As a sophomore, he led the Aggies in scoring last year at 15.6 points per game after being named the Mountain West Conference’s freshman of the year two season ago. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a sophomore, earning third-team all-league honors.
McEwen would have to sit one year and would have two years of eligibility remaining.
Miles Reynolds, Pacific, graduate transfer
According to ESPN, Reynolds is going to visit Oklahoma and has also heard from Ohio State, Nevada and DePaul. The 6-2, 170-pound guard spent his first two seasons at St. Louis University, but he averaged 13.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last year for Pacific.
C.J. Walker, Florida State, transfer
Ohio State might be the furthest along with the guard from Indianapolis. The Dispatch confirmed that the 6-1, 195-pound sophomore, who would sit next season and have two more years of eligibility, will take an official visit to check out the Buckeyes this weekend.
He spent two seasons with the Seminoles, where he started 34 games as a sophomore and averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists.