Despite considerable roster turnover this offseason, expectations should be high for the Ohio State’s basketball program in 2022-23.
After all, the Buckeyes have already landed a transfer from Wright State guard Tanner Holden – who was named first-team All-Horizon League last season – and will soon welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to campus.
The group is headlined by Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton point-guard Bruce Thornton, who finished the year at No. 44 overall in SI All-American’s final SI99 for the 2022 cycle. He was notably named Georgia’s Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game during his senior year.
Orlando Lake Highland Prep small forward Brice Sensabaugh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 53 overall after averaging 25.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists to help the Highlanders to the state semifinals. He also garnered several local honors, including the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball award.
Center Felix Okpara finds himself at No. 57 overall after leading Branson (Mo.) Link Academy to an appearance in the GEICO Nationals earlier this month, where they fell to six-time national champion Montverde Academy, while Mount Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy shooting guard Roddy Gayle comes in at No. 61
Those four plus Cincinnati Princeton shooting guard Bowen Hardman comprise the top-rated class in the Big Ten and the best haul of head coach Chris Holtmann’s tenure. They are all set to arrive in Columbus in early June.
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