I know the general expectation is that with a stellar recruiting class inbound, including the #1 player in the country, that OSU men’s basketball will be back on the tournament map next year, fighting for NCAA seeding rather than just a dance card. However, I can’t shake the feeling of looking at last year’s top recruits and their resulting team’s performances and be a little nervous about getting a little too quenched from the kool-aid this early.
- James Wiseman* - Memphis 21-10, 10-8 T5 in AAC, projected NIT 1 seed
- Anthony Edwards - Georgia 16-16, 5-13 13 in SEC, no tourney
- Isaiah Stewart - Washington 15-17, 5-13 12 in Pac-12, no tourney
- Cole Anthony - North Carolina 14-19, 6-14 T13 in ACC, no tourney
- RJ Hampton - N/A
- Vernon Carey - Duke 25-6, 15-5 T2 in ACC, projected NCAA 3 seed
- Scottie Lewis - Florida 19-12, 11-7 T4, in SEC, projected NCAA 9 seed
- Jaden McDaniels - Washington see above
- Nico Mannion - Arizona 21-11, 10-8 T5 in Pac-12, projected NCAA 7 seed
- Tyrese Maxey - Kentucky 25-6, 15-3 1 in SEC, projected NCAA 2 seed
- Kahlil Whitney - Kentucky
What’s really making me anxious is it seems OSU compares much more with the Washington’s and Georgia’s of this list than the UNC’s, Duke’s, Arizona’s, and Kentucky’s as far as recent basketball success and the dependence on one particular recruiting class to lift expectations and results. I also admit not all 5-stars and elite recruits are created equal, and 1 transcendent player can make the difference in a given year. It’s just I know I’ve caught myself getting really excited about next year and if we don’t get the results we expect, namely making the NCAA tournament and even winning a game, where do we go from there?