Ohio State Buckeyes' Men's Basketball Transfer Portal Roundup (2024)

Although he had quite a few players enter the transfer portal or graduate from the program, Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball coach Jake Diebler brought in several new names from the portal itself, as well as through recruiting. According to 247Sports, Ohio State stands at No. 16 in the transfer portal rankings.

Note: The NCAA transfer portal closed Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. EST, but players who had previously entered their names in the portal still have time to commit to other schools or withdraw their names from the portal.

Who's Leaving?

The three seniors graduating from the program are guard Dale Bonner and forwards Jamison Battle and Owen Spencer. Although Spencer did not see the floor much, Battle ranked among the top 3-point shooters in the country and finished in the semifinals of the Hanes Men's 3-Point Championship on April 4.

Battle started his career with George Washington before transferring to Minnesota for another two years and finishing with the Buckeyes. He finished second on the team with 15.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on an efficient 47-43-92 shooting split.

Bonner added solid perimeter defense and 3-point shooting, especially down the stretch of the season, including recording a season-high 12 points against Virginia Tech in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 23.

Apart from the graduates, Diebler lost almost his whole rotational backcourt, including freshman Scotty Middleton, and sophom*ores Roddy Gayle Jr. and Bowen Hardman, as well as big men in sophom*ore Felix Okpara and senior Zed Key.

Gayle and Okpara, two starters last season, came as surprise additions to the portal, with Gayle committing to Michigan and Okpara to Tennessee. What was more surprising was that Okpara announced his decision to leave less than three weeks after committing to play next season for Diebler.

With Gayle leaving, the Buckeyes lose perhaps their best perimeter defender in the backcourt, as well as a force driving to the rim. Okpara added a great defensive presence as well, recording the second-most blocks per game in the Big Ten.

Middleton, who missed the last few games of the season dealing with family issues, left to play for coach Shaheen Holloway and Seton Hall. The Pirates get a solid, young shooter from downtown as well as solid stretch perimeter defender.

Key didn't see the floor as much as he did his junior season but remained a fan favorite —there was perhaps no rotational player who got the crowd going as much as he did everytime he recorded a block or and-1 bucket. Key will be playing for Dayton next season.

Hardman only broke the rotation late in the season, just before Diebler took over as interim head coach. He occasionally provided an immediate offensive spark off the bench and has the opportunity to succeed in shooting from downtown at Akron next season.

Incoming Standouts (UPDATED MAY 3)

Diebler officially added six players this offseason — transfers Meechie Johnson Jr., Aaron Bradshaw, Sean Stewart, and Micah Parrish, as well as top-125 recruits Colin White and Juni Mobley.

Johnson started his career with the Buckeyes before leaving for South Carolina after two seasons. He spent another two years in Columbia before announced his return to Columbus. With sophom*ore guard Bruce Thornton and freshman Taison Chatman being the only returners in the backcourt, Johnson adds three-level scoring and solid on-ball defense to the Buckeyes next season —not to mention his big returning fanbase.

Parrish also adds a solid defensive presence for Diebler. Standing at six-foot-six, the Detroit native comes in as a 3&D player with the ability to guard 1-4 and knock down shots from all over the floor. However, Ohio State should hope Parrish can return to the scoring efficiency he had at Oakland his first two years, where he shot over 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from downtown.

Stewart arrived at Duke as a five-star big but didn’t see the floor much as a freshman. With Bradshaw also coming to Columbus, the Buckeyes are set up very well to dominate the paint on both ends of the floor. Stewart brings his strength and defensive awareness to Diebler’s squad.

The final transfer added was Bradshaw, who will replace Okpara as a seven-foot standout. Although he saw the floor less than 15 minutes per game last season, he was efficient on both ends when received ample time. Bradshaw should expect to provide a dominant paint presence as a backup if not a starter, and might hope to be in the game with rising sophom*ore Devin Royal as bigs.

As Mr. Ohio Basketball, White must travel just over 100 miles to get from Ottawa-Glandorf High School to Ohio State. He brings the strength to finish through contact in the paint but can further help stretch the floor and guard 2-4.

Mobley, the No. 42 recruit nationally, can help Thornton, Johnson, and Chatman in the backcourt with his three-level scoring, especially from beyond the arc. Reigning from Wasatch Academy in Utah, Mobley averaged over 21 and five assists per game to help lead his school to a top-10 national ranking.

With just one scholarship spot remaining on the Buckeye roster, it seems Diebler has taken a well-rounded approach to the transfer portal to address all problems moving forward. The Buckeyes can hope to return to the NCAA Tournament with more veteran leadership next season after missing out the last two years.

Ohio State Buckeyes' Men's Basketball Transfer Portal Roundup (2024)


Ohio State Buckeyes' Men's Basketball Transfer Portal Roundup? ›

Diebler officially added six players this offseason — transfers Meechie Johnson Jr., Aaron Bradshaw, Sean Stewart, and Micah Parrish, as well as top-125 recruits Colin White and Juni Mobley. Johnson started his career with the Buckeyes before leaving for South Carolina after two seasons.

Where is Felix Okpara from? ›

The Lagos, Nigeria, native started in 34 of his 35 appearances as a sophom*ore in 2023-24. Okpara registered 6.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

Who transferred from Alabama to Ohio State? ›

Former Alabama quarterback Julian Sayin, ESPN's top quarterback recruit in the 2024 class, is transferring to Ohio State, he told ESPN on Sunday. Sayin entered the NCAA transfer portal Friday in the wake of Nick Saban's retirement from Alabama.

Who are the Ohio State basketball coaches? ›

Jake Diebler was named the program's 15th head coach on March 17, 2024. Diebler has been at Ohio State for a total of eight seasons. He was a video coordinator with the program from 2014-16 and then returned as an assistant coach prior to the 2019-20 season.

How many players did Ohio State lose to the transfer portal? ›

After losing 19 players in the winter, Ohio State lost just six this spring, running back Dallan Hayden, safeties Ja'Had Carter and Cedrick Hawkins, offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi, wide receiver Kyion Grayes and linebacker Nigel Hayes.

How many Buckeyes have entered the transfer portal? ›

There are a total of six Buckeyes who entered the portal during this window, but other than perhaps Dallan Hayden -- who was in line to be the No. 3 tailback -- it does not appear as though OSU lost anyone who was in the plans for meaningful playing time.

How tall is Okpara Ohio State? ›

A 7-foot-1, 225-pound center, Bradshaw was billed as a player who would both compete and share time with the 6-11, 235-pound Okpara. Within a week, Okpara had decided to enter the portal, but the process had started before Bradshaw's addition. “Bradshaw didn't really have anything to do with this,” Okpara said.

Who is number 34 on Ohio State basketball? ›

Felix Okpara - 2023-24 - Men's Basketball - Ohio State.

Where did Felix Okpara go to high school? ›

Okpara played at Hamilton Heights in Chattanooga before spending his final prep year at Link Academy in Branson, Missouri. He was teammates at Link Academy with current Vols guard Cameron Carr and former UT forward Julian Phillips.

Why did Seth McLaughlin transfer to Ohio State? ›

“I thought Ohio State is one of the greatest programs in college football,” McLaughlin said. “Coming from a place like Alabama, I thought I wanted to go to another similar place that's always competing to win championships and has great coaching and great development.”

What QB is transferring to Ohio State? ›

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Julian Sayin, the top-ranked quarterback in the 2024 recruiting class, is transferring from Alabama to Ohio State. Sayin told ESPN about his decision Sunday.

What basketball player went to Ohio State? ›

D'Angelo Russell - Guard - Los Angeles Lakers

One of the best players in the NBA since the beginning of 2024 has been D'Angelo Russell. The former Ohio State guard averaged 22.7 points per game in January, and 20.3 points per game this month.

Who is the most famous Ohio State coach? ›

Four coaches led Buckeyes to national championships: Brown, Hayes, Tressel, and Meyer. Hayes is the all-time leader in games coached and years coached with the Buckeyes, while also leading all coaches in victories (205). Meyer currently holds the highest winning percentage of all Buckeye coaches (.

What happened to the former Ohio State basketball coach? ›

The Ohio State Buckeyes fired head basketball Chris Holtmann last month, amidst their second-consecutive rough year in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes, who have been struggling mightily over the last two seasons under Holtmann, have accumulated a 30-29 record and a 9-24 record in the Big Ten over that time.

Did Ohio State get any transfers? ›

K Parker Lewis. Lewis transferred from Southern California last year, but appeared in only one game for the Buckeyes, kicking off twice against Western Kentucky this fall.

Who transferred to Ohio State in 2024? ›

What Ohio State gained in 2024. Caleb Downs: The former five-star safety, ranked No. 1 at his position in this transfer class and No. 1 overall, came over from Alabama.

Who is Noah Rogers? ›

Noah Rogers - Ohio State Buckeyes Wide Receiver - ESPN.

Does Reid Carrico play for Ohio State? ›

Reid Carrico - 2023 - Football - Ohio State.

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