The Ohio State basketball program is losing a pair of guards in Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich, as well as forward Jae’Sean Tate, who also handled some point guard duties. They will also likely be losing top scorer Keita Bates-Diop.
Yes, Chris Holtmann has a very good recruiting class coming in next season, but an infusion of a grad transfer or two is a must if the Buckeyes are going to approach the success that they had this past season.
The good news is that college basketball free agency is a real thing, and there are a number of graduate transfer possibilities out there. Remember, graduate transfers are eligible immediately, so somebody could be stepping right into the Buckeyes’ starting five this November.
Today, we will take a look at five possible targets for the Ohio State basketball program, and a handful of others who may or may not be on the OSU radar.
1 Ryan Taylor, G — Evansville
Taylor (6-5 187) is currently the top grad transfer prospect on the market. Ohio State has been in contact, as have many other top programs. Taylor averaged 21.2 points per game last season, shooting 42% from both two and three-point range. He could step in immediately and help pick up some of the scoring lost from the departure of Keita Bates-Diop.
2. Joseph Chartouny, G — Fordham
Chartouny (6-3 180) led the NCAA in steals this season (3.34/gm) and was third last season (3.24/gm). He averaged 12.2 points and 4.6 assist per game this past season. He’s not the best shooter (.386 career), but is a solid point guard who is looking to move up a level in order to showcase his point guard wares to the NBA. Big Ten schools are looking at him. Could the Buckeyes be one of them?
3. Keyshawn Woods, G — Wake Forest
Woods (6-3 182) was the sixth man for Wake Forest this past season, where he averaged 11.9 points per game. He scored 12.5 points per game the season before, starting 22 of 33 games. It still isn’t known if Woods will transfer to another school or attempt to begin his pro career.
4. Tariq Owens, F — St. John’s
While the Buckeyes are in need of guards, they could also be interested in adding frontcourt player(s), and Owens (6-10 205) has already reportedly included Ohio State in his list of preferred transfer destinations. He averaged 8.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game last season. Owens also hit a third of his three-point attempts.
5. Ryan Luther, F — Pittsburgh
Luther (6-9 215) played in just 10 games last season due to injury. He averaged 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. For his career, he is a .561 shooter from inside the arc and a .415 shooter outside the arc. Prior to the 10 games last season, however, he was a 5.3-point-per-game scorer as a sophomore and junior.
Bonus: Jon Elmore, G — Marshall
If Ryan Taylor is Priority 1A, then Jon Elmore is Priority 1B. The only problem, however, is that Elmore has given no indication that he is transferring from Marshall. In fact, the two most likely scenarios have him staying or turning pro. As Marshall’s point guard this past season, he averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game.
Bonus: Mike Cunningham, G — South Carolina Upstate
Cunningham (6-1 190) scored 13 points per game each of his last two seasons at South Carolina Upstate. How does that translate to Big Ten basketball? Who knows. He has received some interest from the Big 12 and SEC, however. He is originally from Washington DC, which as we all know is Big Ten country.
Bonus: Aaron Calixte, G — Maine
Calixte (5-11 175) heard from some major schools once he announced his intentions to transfer. He averaged 16.9 points and 3.2 assists per game last season. He will leave Maine as a three-year starter. For his career, he has been a .498 shooter from two and a .352 shooter from three. His .879 mark at the free-throw line isn’t too shabby either.
Bonus: Cheddi Mosely, G — Boston University
Mosely (6-3 175) is originally from New Jersey, which is totally Big Ten country. He only played in two games last season due to a knee injury, and played in 11 games the season before that due to an “internal matter.” As a sophomore, however, he averaged 13.3 points per game.
[Ryan Taylor photo courtesy GoPurpleAces.com]