"I knew it was gonna be a growing process. I didn't expect to be a one-and-done D'Angelo-type player. I knew I was gonna have to put work in. I made improvement from freshman year to sophomore year and I'm hoping next year can be bigger (growth) than that."
The 2016 NBA Draft will take place tonight and it'll be one of the few years during Thad Matta's tenure in which he hasn't had one of his players drafted. Ohio State had at least one player drafted every year from 2007-2013, and after no Buckeyes were drafted in 2014, D'Angelo Russell was taken with the second overall pick last year. Trevor Thompson declared for this year's NBA Draft but decided to return to school after testing the waters. Had he not returned to Ohio State, it wasn't likely that Thompson would have been drafted, but at least he learned which areas he needs to improve on. Now the biggest question is which Buckeye will be the next one to be drafted?
As of now the best hope for the next Ohio State player to be drafted seems to be junior Keita Bates-Diop. Right now Bates-Diop is projected as a second round pick in next year's draft, as he has some of the traits which could catch the eye of NBA scouts. A strong junior season could help to boost Bates-Diop's draft stock. At times during his freshman season JaQuan Lyle showed flashes of NBA potential, but he still needs another year or two or work and growth to possibly grow into someone who could be drafted. Should those two fail to get drafted, it could be a few more years before the Buckeyes have another player drafted, as those on their way into Columbus could use a few years of work before they are NBA-ready.
"The Ohio State women's basketball tam has released its non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season. The 13-game non-conference schedule features nine home games and matchups with perennial powers UConn and South Carolina."
After opening last season with a 88-80 loss to South Carolina in Columbia, Ohio State's women's basketball team will open their 2016-17 season in Columbus against the Gamecocks on November 14th. Following the season opener, Ohio State will host Cleveland State on November 16th and LIU-Brooklyn on November 19th before heading to Florida for the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Buckeyes will play host Florida Gulf Coast on November 25th, and their matchups the following two days will depend on how the rest of the bracket shakes out.
The biggest matchup of Ohio State's non-conference schedule will come on December 19th when they travel to Hartford to take on defending four-time national champion UConn. Last year the Buckeyes fell to the Huskies 100-56 in Columbus in the second game of the season. Over the past three seasons UConn has gone 116-1, with the only loss coming to Stanford in November 2014. Earlier it had been announced that Ohio State would host Miami in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on December 1st. Aside from the matchup against Cleveland State, the only other non-conference matchup against an in-state foe will come on December 4th. Last year Ohio State topped the Bearcats 105-76 in Cincinnati, and the Buckeyes are 17-4 all-time against Cincinnati.
"The defending national champion Ohio State men's volleyball program added to its 2016-17 arsenal, welcoming in an eight-member freshman class. The group consists of student-athletes from five different states, including a pair of native Buckeyes."
Following winning a national title, Ohio State's men's volleyball team has some big expectations going forward. The Buckeyes took a big step to future success by announcing their latest recruiting class. Two Ohio natives are among the group of eight players, with one of those being Dejon Clark of Pickerington. Clark is the 2016 Ohio Player of the Year runner-up, and was named to the All-Ohio First Team. Joining Clark is fellow Buckeye Jason Bruggeman, who will come to Columbus from Moeller High in Cincinnati. Bruggeman lettered for Moeller in three seasons, and he was named Division-I All-Ohio honorable mention.
This year's Ohio State recruiting class will feature three AVCA First Team High School Senior All-Americans. Two of those All-Americans, Resse Devilbiss and Andrew Hillman, will come to Columbus from Pennsylvania. The third All-American is Jake Hanes from Illinois. St. Louis University High School will provide Ohio State with two players in the future, with both Paul Henken and Shawn Hughes deciding to spend their college years in Columbus. Rounding out this year's Ohio State recruiting class is Tyler Alter, who was a First Team All-California Interscholastic Federation performer.
"Any athlete wants to be on the biggest stage of his sport. It doesn't get bigger than the Olympic Games. I get chills thinking about it."
With the men's gymnastics U.S. Olympic Trials getting underway tonight in St. Louis, there will be a couple Buckeyes vying for spots on the squad. Sean Melton just finished up his sophomore season at Ohio State, and was named the 2016 Big Ten gymnast of the year. There will be 18 gymnast competing this week. The scores from this week's trials will be combined with results from the P&G Championships that were held three weeks ago. The top two finishers in the all-around will receive automatic qualification to the Olympic team as long as they are among the top three in half of the six events. The other three spots on the squad of five will be determined by a committee. Melton is currently tied for fifth in the all-around, and has placed in the top 10 in five of the six events.
Melton's training partner, 27-year old Ohio State graduate Brandon Wynn, will also be looking to earn his spot in Rio de Janeiro. Wynn narrowly missed out on making the 2012 men's gymnastics team, but has been a member of the national team in three world championships. Wynn's speciality is on the rings, where he has won four U.S. championships, and has been runner-up twice. Wynn finished second in the rings at the 2012 U.S. Olympics Trials, but missed out after finished ninth in the all-around. This weekend Wynn has plenty of ground to make up, as he sits 19th after the P&G Championships.
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