Ohio State appears to be focusing in its search for roster additions before the 2018-19 season.
With a need for backcourt depth, the Buckeyes have been in the market to add at least one graduate transfer guard to help shoulder the load at the point. Tuesday evening, during a radio with WKJG-AM (1380), an ESPN radio affiliate in Fort Wayne, Indiana, coach Chris Holtmann said the Buckeyes are no longer likely to make multiple roster additions for next year.
“I think we could add one more player, but I doubt we’ll add more than that,” he said. “It’ll probably sit at one more. It would help if we could add an older guy that could bring in good play and leadership in terms of a fifth-year transfer.”
Earlier this week, The Dispatch reported that the Buckeyes were focusing their graduate transfer search on two names: Keyshawn Woods, from Wake Forest, and Justin Coleman, from Samford. Woods took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend and has since taken a visit from Louisville’s coaches and is planning to take one to Virginia this upcoming weekend. According to a report from Rivals.com last week, the Buckeyes were one of more than a half-dozen schools in consideration for Coleman.
Ohio State has signed a four-man recruiting class for 2018, and Holtmann was asked about them during the radio show.
“I like the competitiveness of certainly a few of our guys,” he said. “I like the versatility of the guys we’ve added. We’ve got several guys that can play multiple positions and I think that is important in today’s game. We’re in the early stages of our recruiting. We understand that. We’ve got some work to do in rebuilding our roster. There’s no question about that. We lose probably more than anybody in the Big Ten, so we have to do a good job (recruiting) in these coming years.”
In addition, Holtmann said next year’s schedule is complete.
“Our schedule is done so there will be no tweeting (asking other coaches for games),” he said. “I will not be adding anybody at other schools, because our schedule is done for the moment.”