2. Ohio State Buckeyes
DeAngelo Russell is likely one-and-done, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone. For most teams that would be difficult to deal with, considering how much the Buckeyes leaned on him in 2014-15. No such worries should exist for the Buckeyes this upcoming season though.
It all has to do with recruiting, and the fact that head coach Thad Matta has done it again on that front — securing signatures from four four-star players and a verbal commitment from another. That’s how you replenish the roster quickly.
Ohio State’s starting lineup in 2015-16 could very well look like a collection of five freshmen, so get to know the names of the four-star players quickly. You could see point guard A.J. Harris, shooting guard Austin Grandstaff, small forward Mickey Mitchell, and center Daniel Giddens all being freshmen.
They are all extremely talented individuals, with all five rated inside the top 25 of their respective positions coming out of high school. While it may be a bit surprising to see a team full of freshmen this high in the ratings, if there’s a coach in the Big Ten more adept at getting the most out of freshmen than Matta we’d love to see that person.