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Ohio State hoops will participate in the 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis

The Buckeyes join a loaded field in the annual tournament

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As if anyone needed another example of just how far Chris Holtmann has brought the Ohio State men’s basketball program in his two years at the helm, he has added another notch to his belt by earning a spot in a marquee early-season tournament. The Buckeyes will take part in the 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis, their first appearance in the 10-year history of the tournament which takes place on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

OSU will join the likes of Duke, West Virginia, Wichita State, Creighton, Texas A&M and Utah, with the announcement of the eighth and final team as well as the dates of the tournament to be determined. The Battle 4 Atlantis began in 2011, with a member of the Big Ten competing every year since 2012. Wisconsin is the only B1G team to win the tourney, doing so in 2014. The Michigan Wolverines will represent the conference this upcoming season.

After pulling in the 12th best recruiting class in the nation and No. 1 class in the Big Ten in 2019, Holtmann will get an early chance to showcase his likely even more improved 2020 roster on a big stage early in the season. In his first two years as Ohio State’s head coach, Holtmann has won over 65 percent of his games (45-24), reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament in both campaigns. With likely his most talented roster to date, it will be exciting to see what Holtmann will be able to accomplish in Columbus moving forward.

Baldwin arrives at TCU with three remaining years of eligibility. He plans to submit a waiver for immediate eligibility, and he should be moved into the school by early June.”

- Chris Hummer, 247sports

Another former Ohio State quarterback has found his transfer destination, as Matthew Baldwin is headed to TCU. Baldwin, a native of Austin, Texas, is heading into more familiar territory, as the Horned Frogs play just three hours away from where he played his high school ball at Lake Travis. With last year’s starter Shawn Robinson deciding to transfer at the end of last season, Baldwin will have a chance to battle for the starting QB job at TCU this year.

Baldwin came to Ohio State in 2018 as the No. 12 pro-style QB and No. 331 overall recruit in the country. Hailing from the same high school as Baker Mayfield, Baldwin started just one season after sitting behind current Baylor QB Charlie Brewer, but his coach has raved about his elite arm talent. Baldwin is also already somewhat familiar with TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, who was involved in the initial recruiting process, and is a fan of head coach Gary Patterson. He should be a good fit in the Horned Frogs passer-oriented offense, and it would not be at all surprising to see Baldwin as the team’s starting QB in the fall.

The NBA has announced all 66 players that have been invited to the NBA Combine in Chicago. Notably, Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson is not on the list despite declaring for the NBA Draft in April. Unlike football, college basketball players can declare for the draft and go through all of the processes to learn their standing but still return to school, which is what most believe is what the younger Wesson brother is intending to do. The sophomore forward averaged 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Buckeyes this past season, but will likely require another year or two to really hone in his skills to become NBA-ready.

Some notable names on the list include Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Ja Morant — the three guys expected to be taken with the first three picks in this year’s draft. The list also includes a few guys that Ohio State fans are very familiar with, including Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, Maryland’s Bruno Fernando, Indiana’s Romeo Langford and Michigan’s Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis.

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