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Keita Bates-Diop has a decision to make.

Keita Bates-Diop’s NBA decision will shape Ohio State’s immediate future; Tommy Togiai impresses in circle drill

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Ohio State’s immediate future hinges on Keita Bates-Diop’s NBA decision

Keita Bates-Diop has another year of eligibility left at Ohio State, and he’s currently in the process of deciding if he wants to use it. Bates-Diop has not made up his mind yet about entering the 2018 NBA Draft, but his decision will shape the Buckeyes’ immediate future, Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn writes. Ohio State’s outlook for the 2018-19 season would be vastly different with Bates-Diop back in the picture. The 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year said of the choice: “It might be the hardest decision I’ll ever make.”

Way-too-early Ohio State basketball starting lineup projection for 2018-2019

So let’s say Bates-Diop does go pro. What does that leave the Buckeyes with for next season? Land of 10’s Austin Ward tackled that question Tuesday, making his way-too-early starting five prediction for the Buckeyes eight months before the 2018-2019 season opener. Kyle Young is a player Buckeyes basketball fans should get familiar with if Bates-Diop heads to the draft.

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Freshman DT Tommy Togiai impresses during circle drill

Ohio State’s early enrollees are trying to earn the respect of their teammates during spring practice. Tommy Togiai took a big step in doing that this week. Togiai, a defensive tackle in Ohio State’s 2018 class who enrolled in January, had an impressive circle drill at an Ohio State practice, pushing a blocker 10 yards to his teammates’ delight.

Togiai could be one of the true freshmen who makes an immediate impact for the Buckeyes in 2018.

What they’re saying about new Ohio State commit Sampson James

Ohio State made a big splash on the recruiting trail on Monday afternoon when 4-star 2019 running back Sampson James committed to coach Urban Meyer’s program. James is a big get for the Buckeyes, and Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly rounded up some of the best Twitter reactions from the Ohio State community following James’ announcement.

Ohio State basketball offers 2019 SF Malik Hall

Coach Chris Holtmann isn’t wasting time now that Ohio State basketball’s offseason is here. The Buckeyes extended an offer to 2019 small forward Malik Hall on Tuesday. Hall, a 4-star prospect from Wichita, Kan., is considered the No. 54 overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite ratings.

Ohio State, which has four signees in its 2018 recruiting class, has yet to receive a commitment in the 2019 recruiting cycle.

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