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Ohio State lands former five-star Kentucky commit, Aaron Bradshaw in transfer portal

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Former five-star recruit Aaron Bradshaw decided to enter the transfer portal after his underwhelming freshman season at Kentucky and now lands with the Ohio State Buckeyes, adding yet another massive addition for Jake Diebler and his crew in Columbus. 

Bradshaw adds much-needed size and length to the Ohio State roster, which they lack outside of Felix Okpara. With Bradshaw coming, it now not only makes this Ohio State team very deep but extremely talented up and down the roster. The Buckeyes have now landed both Meechie Johnson and Bradshaw, while retaining their best player last year, Bruce Thornton, and their best freshman, Devin Royal. 

Last season for the Wildcats, Bradshaw racked up 4.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, and shot 57.6% from the field. Bradshaw, a 7-foot-1 big, only averaged 13 minutes a game, and his inconsistency and playing time showed with his inconsistent play.

It's hard as a freshman to see spot minutes and find a rhythm of production, which is why Bradshaw wanted and needed a change of scenery, which, with the Buckeyes' size, should give him a real opportunity to be a game-changing player for the Ohio State basketball program next season. 

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Bradshaw has some room for improvement. His free throw shooting last year was below 60%; you'd like to see an increase in rebounds for someone as athletic and tall as he is, and then becoming more of a shot blocker and rim protector on the defensive end could be improved. But all in all, the talent is there, and that is exactly why he was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. His skillset and attributes make him a player with a lot of upside, and the Buckeyes just landed one of the more prominent transfer portal additions so far this off-season.