First Test Approaches For “Young And Inexperienced” Buckeyes As Ohio State Heads To Bahamas For Important Exhibition Games

Chris Holtmann’s had two months to mould his revamped roster this offseason. Now it is going to be put to the check for the primary time.

The Ohio State males’s basketball workforce travels to the Bahamas to tackle the Egyptian and Puerto Rican nationwide groups as a part of its summer time journey this week, and whereas the video games are solely exhibition matches, they’re going to be of explicit significance for a gaggle with as many query marks because the Buckeyes.

Not all of them might be answered in a single day, as Ohio State’s eight new scholarship gamers will want a lot extra time to correctly mesh earlier than the official begin of the season in November. But for Holtmann and the Buckeye teaching workers, the upcoming contests might say loads about each the unit’s potential and progress to date.

“We’re not in common season mode but. It’s going to be a rotation that is going to be a little bit extra full than it sometimes is,” Holtmann mentioned at a press convention earlier than observe Monday. “And we will have a look at a bunch of various combos. So I believe we expect we’re enjoying two good groups, we’re enthusiastic about that. We hope we will come out of this with a gaggle that is nearer and has a while spent collectively and a few enjoyable, and that we study one thing about our guys.”

With 5 first-year gamers and three switch portal additions coming aboard the Buckeye roster this offseason, the journey offers every of them an opportunity to see live-game motion in scarlet and grey for the primary time. It additionally permits Holtmann to guage how every participant reacts to competitors outdoors of their very own teammates within the confines of the observe health club on the Schottenstein Center.

Due to the precise parameters beneath which he is seen his workforce carry out since beginning summer time exercises initially of June, Holtmann mentioned it is nonetheless too quickly to gauge how a lot of a problem the transition to this degree of faculty basketball might be for his new gamers.

But Holtmann definitely is not beneath the impression that his workforce will not undergo rising pains, whether or not within the Bahamas or when the season begins formally. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith instructed Eleven Warriors final week he is mentioned the potential struggles the workforce might need at occasions attributable to its youth, saying “you simply received to play them and take the bruises that you will take as a result of they’re younger and inexperienced.”

“I believe it is too early to inform on that. I botched just a few names, that is for certain. But outdoors of that, I believe it is too early to inform,” Holtmann mentioned. “We’ll know extra as soon as we get to – I believe we’ll study a little bit bit by a few of the sport reps we get right here. I believe we’ll see a few of that inexperience. But so far as what that transition is absolutely going to seem like, I’m unsure we’ll absolutely know till we get to November video games.”

The inexperience Holtmann and Smith talked about could also be why the exhibition contests will not be televised or accessible to stream for Buckeye followers, and it is also why the Ohio State coach does not appear too involved in regards to the end result of the video games generally.

“I had a coach inform me, ‘I wish to play two groups that we’re positively going to beat so our workforce has nice confidence.’ I’m not involved about that.”– Chris Holtman

While different high-profile packages have a extra selective course of in hand-picking their offseason opponents in one of these circumstance, Holtmann mentioned he sought out the hardest competitors potential.

“I talked to a few totally different coaches they usually talked about eager to play a pair totally different groups and for us, we mentioned, ‘Hey, simply give us the very best groups that you’ve there,'” Holtmann mentioned. “So we imagine the Egyptian nationwide workforce and the Puerto Rican nationwide workforce will each be actually good, actually good groups and good measures.

“Coaches decide, they will script who they play… I had a coach inform me, ‘I wish to play two groups that we’re positively going to beat so our workforce has nice confidence.’ I’m not involved about that. We’ll simply play who we play and go from there.”

Outside of the exhibition matchups themselves, Holtmann mentioned the observe time the workforce is allotted for a visit like this can be an important side of the complete enterprise generally, so far as basketball is worried. With observe periods restricted in the summertime, Holtmann needs to take advantage of them.

They is probably not fairly as intense as a typical midseason observe on the Schott, however Holtmann mentioned it should nonetheless be a step up from what most gamers have been doing frequently this summer time.

“It’s a unique tempo and total totally different tempo, totally different depth. But it is nonetheless loads for guys,” Holtmann mentioned. “You’re asking guys to go for an hour-and-45-minute observe when that is actually not what they’ve achieved since late March. So we tried to tailor it and ensure that (power and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks) had them prepared to have the ability to do an hour-and-a-half, hour-and-45-minute observe, however the tempo and the depth is totally different.”

The Buckeyes are nonetheless attempting to construct camaraderie off the court docket too, given all the brand new arrivals, and the prospect to bond is another profit for Ohio State in touring outdoors of the nation collectively.

“It’s nice in your guys to have the ability to, , there’s some guys which have by no means traveled outdoors the nation. So to have an opportunity to go do that, it will be enjoyable,” Holtmann mentioned. “And I believe we’re nonetheless attempting to get to know one another a little bit bit right here too.”

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