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Meechie Johnson's return to Ohio State headlines busy off-season for the Buckeyes

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1. Meechie Johnson transfers back to Ohio State

Out of high school, Meechie Johnson committed and played for Ohio State for two seasons, then decided to transfer to South Carolina and play for Lamont Paris. In his past season, Johnson led the team in scoring and led South Carolina to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017. However, he still decided to transfer from the Gamecocks. 

Many sensed the possibility of him returning to the Buckeyes with Holtmann departing, and if you predicted that, You'd be right. Meechie Johnson announced his return to the Buckeyes for his fifth season of eligibility and now adds a key playmaker and scorer to the Buckeyes offense. Johnson will more than likely manage the backcourt alongside Thornton. 

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Johnson averaged 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game last year for South Carolina. Johnson has never shot less than 31% from the three-point line in his collegiate career, giving the Buckeyes a much-needed consistent shooter.  It's unclear what other moves Ohio State is looking to make for the 2024–25 season, but I wouldn't bet that Diebler is done adding to Team 126.