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2. Bruce Thornton, Felix Okpara, and Devin Royal announce their return for next season.

Ohio State got some key news over the last few days when lead guard Bruce Thornton, starting center Felix Okpara, and freshman Devin Royal all announced their return to the team for next season. 

Thornton is the Buckeyes all-around best player. He is the catalyst, and was the leader of the team last season. Thornton averaged 15.7 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game and shot 42.7% from the field. Thornton's return is massive for the potential and direction of the Buckeyes program. 

Now, Felix Okpara is also a key returner for Ohio State. The 6-foot-11 center is one of the best shot blockers in all of college basketball, averaging 2.4 blocks per game. He also contributed 6.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Lastly, freshman Devin Royal really came on late in the season for the Buckeyes. and became a key factor in the success under Jake Diebler late in the season.