Ohio State men's basketball | Graduate transfer pursuit focusing on two names
April 16--It's not clear how close Ohio State might be to bolstering its roster for the upcoming season, but the graduate transfer picture is starting to sharpen up for the Buckeyes.
In the need for at least one guard to help shoulder the load at the point next year, Ohio State has been linked to roughly a dozen different graduate transfers with immediate eligibility. Now, The Dispatch has learned that the search is currently focusing in on two potential candidates: Keyshawn Woods, formerly of Wake Forest, and Justin Coleman, formerly of Samford.
Woods was on hand this past weekend for an official visit. After he averaged 8.4 points per game as a freshman at Charlotte in 2014-15, the 6-3, 205-pound Woods transferred to Wake Forest, sat out a season and then averaged 12.5 and 11.9 points, respectively, in his two seasons with the Demon Deacons. It's not known if he has any further visits planned, but a report Monday morning from 247Sports.com indicated that new Louisville coach Chris Mack is expected to meet with Woods today.
Coleman, too, transferred once as an undergrad. After two seasons at Alabama, the 5-10, 170-pound guard transferred to Samford, where last season he averaged 13.5 points, 6.6 assists and 2.7 turnovers per game. According to Rivals.com, Coleman was scheduled to take a visit to Texas Southern this past weekend and also had the following schools on his final list: Arizona, UAB, St. Louis, Northern Kentucky, Auburn, SMU, Marquette and Ohio State.
That means that UAB graduate transfer Nick Norton, who was scheduled to take an official visit to Ohio State later this week, is no longer going to make that trip. Any confusion about his situation was cleared up Sunday when he committed to Drake University.
The Buckeyes have as many as two scholarships available for next year. Senior walk-on Joey Lane, who has been on scholarship for the last two seasons because the Buckeyes have had the space, is working under the understanding that he could be moved back to walk-on status if the need would present itself for the program.
In order to gain acceptance into Ohio State's graduate school, applicants must have a grade-point average of at least a 3.0.
In other recruiting news, the Buckeyes have been linked to 2019 point guard Cole Anthony according to zagsblog.com. A five-star prospect according to 247Sports, the 6-1, 175-pound guard from New York (N.Y.) Molloy will be visited this week by Buckeyes assistant coach Mike Schrage. According to the report, Molloy was visited Friday by Louisville, Michigan and Villanova, and Duke will also visit him this week.
It's not immediately clear if the Buckeyes have offered Anthony, who is the nation's top-rated point guard and No. 5 overall prospect.
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