The transfer portal taketh away and the transfer portal giveth. A day after sophomore guard Luther Muhammed decided to exit Ohio State and transfer to another school, Buckeye basketball coach Chris Holtmann plucked a transfer of his own. Point guard Jimmy Sotos, a starter at Bucknell, announced he was heading to Ohio State.
Sotos will bring a veteran presence to the Buckeyes. He played three years at Bucknell and increased his scoring output every year. From 4.8 points a game as a freshmen to 8.2 as a sophomore to 11.5 this past year. He averaged 3.9 assists this season after averaging 6.1 a game as a sophomore.
While his addition is certainly a plus for Ohio State it doesn't solve coach Chris Holtmann's shortage of back court players for next season. Sotos is not a grad transfer, meaning he'll have to sit out the 2020-21 season. He will be a major help in 2021-22 as Ohio State will lose point guard C.J. Walker to graduation. Without Sotos it would have left incoming freshman, Meechie Johnson, committed to next year's Buckeye recruiting class, as the only point guard on the roster. Sotos will give Holtmann an experienced veteran to help bring Johnson along.
As for next year, with Muhammed on the way out, Walker, Duane Washington and Musa Jallow, coming back from his foot injury, are currently the only three guards on the roster. It remains to be seen if Holtmann will try to add a graduate transfer to add some depth to what will be an experienced, but thin back court.
Sotos had some good moments in his career at Bucknell. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the step up in competition from the Patriot League to the Big Ten. He fared well in a head-to-head match up with the Buckeyes in December of 2018. Ohio State struggled to beat the Bison, 73-71. Sotos finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. You can check out some highlights of Sotos on the YouTube video posted by "Recruiting Nut" below.