Ohio State Basketball returns for another year with a lot of moving parts following a 13th-place finish in the Big Ten standings in 2022-23. It was a year full of adversity for head coach Chris Holtmann in Year 6 at the helm as the Buckeyes missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his coaching tenure. Entering Year 7, it could be more of the same for Holtmann with just four returners from last year’s squad.
The Buckeyes finished under .500 for the first time under Holtmann with a 16-19 record, winning just five games in conference action in 2022-23. They’ll lose three of their top five scorers from a season ago while returning some young names with more to prove as returners. With a core of Bruce Thornton, Zed Key, Roddy Gayle Jr. and Felix Okpara returning from last year’s roster, there could be more growing pains on the horizon for the Buckeyes in 2023-24.
Jamison Battle (Minnesota), Dale Bonner (Baylor) and Evan Mahaffey (Penn State) are three additions out of the transfer portal with the potential to contribute right away. All three of them have Power 6 experience with two already having Big Ten experience under their belt. That’s not to say highly ranked freshmen Scotty Middleton, Taison Chatman and Devin Royal won’t make contributions right away.
On a roster with a lot of unproven pieces, the Buckeyes could see this season as a rebuilding year on all fronts. Take a look at the projected starting lineup and depth chart for Ohio State heading into 2023-24.