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Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann got some good news Monday on the recruiting front.

Ohio State basketball starts to salvage its 2018 recruiting class with 4-star guard, Greg Oden opens up, and more

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Today is Tuesday, July 11, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.

Ohio State basketball gets some good news

All is not lost for Ohio State basketball.

The Buckeyes recently had two former in-state Class of 2018 commits walk away and pledge to other schools, but help is on the way. On Monday night, Ohio State landed a commitment from 4-star Class of 2018 shooting guard Torrence Watson.

The 6-foot-3 Watson, a St. Louis native, was also considering Missouri and St. Louis among other schools. He’s the No. 100 overall recruit and No. 23 shooting guard in the class of 2017.

Ohio State will likely take up to five players in this class. This first commitment from Holtmann for this cycle shows that while it may not have the Ohio flavor some hoped for, the new head coach is more than capable of recruiting top talent to Columbus.

 

ESPN profiles former Ohio State star Greg Oden

Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden is back at Ohio State to earn his degree, and ESPN’s Seth Wickersham wrote a great profile on the former Ohio State star.

It’s a detailed, engaging look at what it was like for Oden to be betrayed by his body before his NBA career ever really began. Oden seems at peace with what’s happened, and he’s grinding away at the work he has left to become a college graduate.

On the first day of school last fall, Oden stood in line for his student ID card, surrounded by freshmen. Last semester he took a class about NCAA rules and regulations — a class he lived — but he still did his required reading. He grinds as if something larger than a degree is at stake.

Macko switches screens, to Oden’s student profile.

Oden seems antsy, staring at his accumulated credits. He registers for advanced math and history of sports. Now the number of credits left for his degree appears on the screen. He leans in.

“That’s all you’ve got left,” Macko says.

“Oh really?”

He’s closer than he realized. He leans back, feeling a little lighter. “I’m chopping away at it.” He’ll likely receive his degree in two years. He smiles and says, “I need to eat.”

Be sure to check out the entire story here.

Is it August yet?

Are you ready for football season? If not this video shared by the Ohio State football Twitter account should do the trick.

It’s a look at the various traditions of Ohio State football, from the Buckeye Walk to The Best Damn Band In The Land to the Buckeye Grove.

Watching it will have you glad the season opener comes two days earlier this year thanks to a Thursday night Aug. 31 date at Indiana.

B1G happenings

• College football analyst Phil Steele calls Michigan overrated.

• Why Penn State commit Justin Shorter deserves a 5-star ranking.

• How Wisconsin could finish undefeated in 2017.

• Looking at Big Ten breakout players for this season.

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