COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team held its first official practice on Thursday afternoon as preparations are now underway for the start of the 2020-21 season. It was the first of what will be a total of 30 practices before the season-opener on Nov. 25 vs. Memphis at the Bad Boys Mowers Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Noting the 2020-21 Buckeyes
Head coach Chris Holtmann, entering his fourth year leading the Buckeyes, returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s squad that was 21-10 overall and 11-9 in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s leading returning scorer is junior Duane Washington Jr., who averaged 11.5 points in 28 games last season. Redshirt senior CJ Walker was the team leader in assists with 107 while senior Kyle Young is the team’s leading returning rebounder (5.8 per game).
Four Transfers Begin Buckeye Journey
Abel Porter, a 6-3 guard from Farmington, Utah, Jimmy Sotos, a 6-3 guard from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and Seth Towns, a 6-7 forward from Columbus, Ohio, transferred to Ohio State over the summer of 2020 to complete their collegiate careers with Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, and the Ohio State men’s basketball program. The trio join Justice Sueing, a 6-6 forward from Honolulu, Hawaii, who joined the Buckeyes prior to the start of the 2019-20 season after two years at California. Sueing sat out last year at in Columbus and is eligible this season.
Brown, Key Arrive, Expected to Contribute
Freshmen Eugene Brown III and Zed Key joined the returning members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team over the summer to begin workouts in preparation of the 2020-21 season. Brown, a 6-6 wing/guard from Southwest DeKalb (Georgia) High School, averaged 17 points and nine rebounds as a senior. He finished his high school career with 1,120 points, 584 rebounds, 149 steals, 139 assists and 138 blocks while playing for his father, Eugene Brown Jr. Key, a 6-8 forward from Long Island (New York) Lutheran High School, was both the team’s leading scorer and rebounder with 18 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He also blocked 2.0 shots a contest. From the field he made 178-261 (68 percent) and made 71 percent at the foul line (178-261).
Four Earn Academic All-Big Ten Accolades
Four members of the Ohio State men’s basketball program were named Academic-All-Big Ten by the conference office May 11. The same four earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2019-20 academic year, the Ohio State Department of Athletics announced May 13. The group was part of 647 Ohio State student-athletes recognized with the honor. To receive the distinction, student-athletes must carry a 3.0 or better grade-point average. Kyle Young (Sport Industry) and Musa Jallow (Exercise Science Education) along with graduate student Danny Hummer (Kinesiology) and Harrison Hookfin (Biology) made the list.
Buckeyes Enter 2020-21 With 20+ Wins in 15 of the Last 16 Seasons
Ohio State has 30 seasons with 20 or more wins and three with 30 or more. Holtmann has won at least 20 games in each of his three years at Ohio State and the Buckeyes have won 20 or more in 15 of the last 16 seasons, including the 21-10 COVID-shortened seasons in 2019-20.