Holtmann Talks Hoops

posted by Matt McCoy - 

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann has been a busy man. It was only one month ago Wednesday, that Thad Matta was fired. Since then, Holtmann accepted the job, relocated his family, hired his coaching staff, met his new team, dismissed one player, had another elect to transfer and dug in on the recruiting front.

"It's been the busiest couple weeks of my life," Holtmann said in an interview with sister station 105.7, the Zone and WTVN. "I can't even imagine anything that's been close to it....It's been a lot but I'm excited about it."

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the link here (Holtmann interview link) but here are a handful of highlights. 

On the dismissal last week of redshirt freshman Derek Funderburk: "He's a kid with a terrific personality, he's bright and he's a young man that is talented. What I realized, right when I got the job is that there had been some issues academically where he had put himself in a difficult position and was going to need to climb out of it. We were monitoring closely whether that was going to take place."

On the transfer of incoming freshman point guard Braxton Beverly: "I think Braxton felt like he had a really close relationship with Thad and Ohio State was one of the few high major programs that came after him and I think he really appreciated that with Thad and just felt like he wanted to see what options might be out there for him."

On his current roster, of just eight recruited scholarship players: "We're very excited about the group that we have and the work that they've done since we've gotten here has been tremendous. This group, while it's thin in number, their work has been outstanding since we've gotten here." 

On his plans for the roster next year: "I think if we were sitting at 9 or 10 (scholarship players on the roster) I'd probably sit tight. That's still probably too thin if you're sitting at that but given where we're at right now, I think it's going to be necessary for us to add a couple.  That could come in a variety of ways. You could kind of recruit some preferred walk-ons that you hope could help you in practice or potentially in short stint in a game situation...We're just trying to be really start about who we add and not tying up scholarships unnecessarily but we are actively recruiting, more so than I ever have been in the month of July probably for an addition or two (next year)."

On his message to his current roster, especially seniors Jae'Sean Tate and Kam Williams: "As much as possible you want to try to make it the very best year for your seniors that it can be. That's kind of our goal as coaches. We want to max out whatever our potential is. We have good players and great kids and guys that will continue to grow as the year progresses and we get more comfortable with each other but listen, we've got great excitement about what this year can be for that senior group."

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