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What potential transfers have Ohio State men’s basketball been linked to?

Like most teams, Ohio State figures to spend some time this spring looking for roster additions through the transfer portal.

When the Buckeyes closed out the 2022-23 season, they did so with every roster spot technically spoken for the coming season, The 2023-24 roster will include one fifth-year senior, two fourth-year players, one third-year player, five second-year players and four freshmen. This could put Ohio State down to 13 scholarship players, but the likelihood is that at least one or two spots are likely to open up in the coming weeks.

It may be to move by one or two players, or it may come from Should projected first-round NBA draft pick Bryce Saensbaugh decide to enter the draft and not return for a second season, Until decisions are made by the projected members of the roster, it is difficult to project how many spots may be available and what exact needs the Buckeyes will be targeting.

With that in mind, here is a running list of players in the Ohio State portal, linked to. This list will be updated as more names surface.

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Kobe Williams, Louisiana Tech

Ohio State is one of several schools to reach the 6-0, 180-pound guard, who was a two-time Conference USA All-Defensive Team selection, averaging 18.8 points per game in his fourth and final season, according to Adam Zagoria . with the program. Williams left the team for what were announced as “personal reasons” before the end of the season.

Williams saw his scoring increase each season. This year, he shot a career-best 34.4% (45 for 131) from 3-point range and averaged a career-best 4.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game before leaving the team following a February 11 loss to Florida Atlantic.

Nick Timberlake, Towson

A 6-4, 205-pound guard, Timberlake will be playing his sixth season of college basketball. He took a redshirt after playing in nine games, including five starts, during the 2018–19 season and averaged 17.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 2022–23, setting new career highs in scoring and assists.

He is also a dangerous 3-point shooter, hitting 92 of 221 attempts (41.6%) this season and 78 of 192 (40.6%) last year.

Kamari Lands, Louisville

The 6-8, 220-pound forward from Indianapolis, Landes was a four-star prospect in the class of 2022 and ranked No. 69 nationally according to the composite database. After playing prep ball for Phoenix Hillcrest Prep as a senior, Landes signed with the Cardinals after landing offers from Kansas, Arizona State, Xavier, Texas Tech and others.

In his one season in Louisville, Landes appeared in all 32 games and made six starts, averaging 5.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. After posting three double-digit scoring efforts in the first 21 games of the year, Landes scored four points in his final 11 games.

February 25, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Kamari Landes (22) shoots against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Dame Adelekun, Dartmouth

In his fourth season with the program, the 6-8, 220-pound forward is averaging 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2022-23. The Ivy League did not participate for the 2020–21 season, and he only played in nine games as a freshman in 2019–20.

Adelekun has appeared in 56 games, including 38 starts and averaged 9.6 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 58.2% from 2-point range and attempted only 19 career 3-pointers. He was mainly used as a center back last season.

Chris Ledlum, Harvard

A 6-6, 225-pound wing, Ledlum was Ivy League Rookie of the Week five times in the 2019-20 season and steadily increased his scoring from there. In 2022–23, Ledlum averaged 18.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists in 28 games with 27 starts.

Harvard Crimson forward Chris Ledlum (4) shoots against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse.

Harvard Crimson forward Chris Ledlum (4) shoots against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse.

He shot 52.0% from two-point range and played primarily power forward for the Crimson last season.

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This article was originally published on the Columbus Dispatch: A look at transfer players associated with Ohio State basketball



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