Buckeye Basketball Has Busy Week

Buckeye basketball has had a news worthy week, although one piece of news was old news. Shortly after the season, Buckeye coach Chris Holtmann lost assistant Mike Schrage when he took the job as the head coach at Elon and one month ago, OSU announced that Jake Diebler was being hired as Schrage's replacement. Diebler, whose younger brother Jon starred for the Buckeyes, had been at Ohio State before as a video coordinator for former coach Thad Matta. Diebler was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt but lost that job when the Commodores fired head coach Bryce Drew. Thursday afternoon, Diebler finally had his introductory press conference at Ohio State.

"I didn't anticipate being back here," Diebler said, "But I've learned that God does work in mysterious ways and to never doubt or question when he makes something obvious to you."

While Dieber's hiring was old news, there was new news this week for Ohio State basketball, in the form of two significant recruits choosing to become Buckeyes. The first of the two to announce for Ohio State is a transfer. Forward Justice Sueing (6'7, 215) started 61 games in two seasons at Cal and averaged more than 14 points and 5 rebounds per game. He chose to leave Cal, a struggling program that fired head coach Wyking Jones, and announced he's decided to become a Buckeye

Sueing will have to sit out a season, before becoming eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2020-21. The second of the two recruits this week to pick Ohio State won't join the Buckeyes until the year after that. High school sophomore Kalen Etzler (6'8 195) who led Crestview to a state championship this year, announced his commitment to Ohio State.

If that last name sounds familiar to long time Buckeye fans, it's because Etzler is the nephew of former Buckeye guard Doug Etzler. According to 24-7 sports, Kalen Etzler is one of the top two players in Ohio's 2021 class and is the 51st ranked prospect nationally. He averaged 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds last season. He is the first player to commit to Holtmann's 2021 recruiting class. If you want to know more about Sueing and Etzler, here's a sample of their highlights via YouTube.