The Buckeyes are down one big man for the 2018-19 season before it even started. Two days before the opener at Cincinnati the program announced that junior forward Micah Potter will transfer.
“We appreciate Micah’s contributions to our program and we wish him the very best moving forward,” head coach Chris Holtmann said in the release.
Potter’s two seasons in Columbus won’t leave much more than a ripple in the history books of Buckeye basketball. He averaged exactly 4.1 points per game in each of his two seasons. And in Hotlmann’s first year at the helm Potter’s role took a step back with his game action being reduced to just around 10 minutes per game.
Even though the 6-9 kid out of Mentor left a lot to be desired in his first two seasons, he had a spirited showing in his last time in an Ohio State uniform. He logged a team high 13 points on a perfect 4-4 night with six rebounds. All of his buckets were And 1s. And after the game he had Holtmann talking about his offensive gifts.
“He’s always been a guy who offensively can do some things. He can shoot the ball, has great lift around the rim. He’s gotten to where he can catch balls. It’s defense and defensive rebounding at the end of the day,” Holtmann said.
Clearly the front court will be paced by sophomore Kaleb Wesson. His brother Andre has become an important cog for Holtmann that can fill multiple positions. But the Potter departure opens a door for another freshmen like Jaedon LeDee to get some depth minutes. And clearly from his spot in the starting lineup last week sophomore Kyle Young appears to be getting a bigger opportunity.
It all starts Wednesday evening in Cincinnati at the newly renovated Fifth Third Arena.
Buckeye basketball is here.