|Oklahoma State Transfer PG Isaac Likekele|
Athletes at the college level frequently transfer between institutions to take advantage of new sports contract opportunities. Although sports players regard their athleticism as an important element of their careers, this is made easier when their degrees transfer. Isaac Likekele (twitter), for example, is a seasoned basketball player who will now play for the Ohio State University. He was a state champion for his high school team in Texas before enrolling at Oklahoma State University in 2018.
Isaac Likekele is 22 years old and was born in the year 2000 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His most common position is that of a point guard, yet he is also capable of shooting and dribbling, as well as making three-point shots. In basketball, when teams have only five players on the court and each player must be competent in all roles, versatility is essential. Isaac is slender and powerful, weighing 215 pounds.
Isaac Likekele as a Recruit
A talented player is one who makes numerous successful shots in a competitive basketball game. Isaac Likekele averaged 18 points per game as a high school senior, with an average of 9 rebounds and 5 assists. This essentially indicates that he was used to attempting aggressive shots and that he failed a significant number of the shots he attempted. This average can be explained by his position as a point guard.
At the collegiate level, the competition was significantly tougher, and he had fewer opportunities to shoot every game. Either he took fewer shots because of his position, or the opposition teams' defense was far more capable than at the high school level. Due to his specialized job and freshman status, he averaged 8.7 assists per game as a freshman at Oklahoma State University, with less rebounds and assists than during his high school career.
It's worth noting that Isaac played more games during his freshman year than he did the following two years, with 32 games in 2018 and fewer games each year after that. It's unclear how this influenced his decision to attend Ohio State University. A rookie to college basketball may have more options, and switching teams may provide new opportunities to play and new fans to explore.
Isaac has a low block % per game. As a point guard, he assists in dribbling the ball across the floor, but he is less commonly involved in penetrating further into the opponents' court and blocking other players' shots. His chances of becoming a professional basketball player are still up in the air.
|5/4/2022 9:16:04 PM|
|Wright State Transfer Tanner Holden|
We are still not over the buzz of Tanner Holden transfer news from the Wright State Raiders to the Ohio State Buckeye. The homegrown 6-foot-6 guard Ohio native from Wheelersburg, weighing 185 pounds, made the in-state transfer to the Buckeyes’ from Raiders, which might go down as one of the best college transfers to the team and for coach Chris Holtmann in 2022.
Tanner Holden Career at Wright State
After playing High School basketball in Wheelersburg, where he graduated 2019, Holden’s next career phase is at Wright State college, where he played for the Raiders. His Raiders spell lapsed between the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 seasons, where he had his best season in his last year with them. As a junior guard in his last season at Wright State, he averaged 20.1 points alongside 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists, ranking top 5 in the nation. His season was highlighted by the First Four NCAA win against Bryant, scoring 37 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 11 from 15 shots from the floor in a 93-82 win. Holden’s legacy as a Raiders will be remembered with being a two-time league honoree in the Horizon league and guiding them to the NCAA Tournament. Other personal records include starting 91 out of 92 games played, where he averaged 16.1 points with 6.9 rebounds on 53% shooting.
Transfer to Ohio State
Ohio State made this much needed transfer after some turbulent period in their squad. The transfer of Holden came at the back of his spectacular spell with the Raiders. He was snapped up by the Ohio State after entering the transfer portal on March 29, 2022. The announcement was made via his social media accounts when he made the Buckeye team. He has two seasons of eligibility to continue his college career.
What Does it mean for the Buckeyes this coming Basketball Season?
It is no secret that Tanner Holden is one of the best college basketball players and a good bargain. Offensively, he will break into most college basketball teams, not the least a team passing through a tough phase. The transfer of Holden to Ohio State is partly necessitated or fully by the departure of forward EJ Liddell and Malaki Braham, who just declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. These departures opened up gaps for attacking and playmaking needs, which Holden could fill. EJ Liddell and Branham used to make up their attacking threat, being Buckeyes’ top-two scorers, averaging 33.1 points per game combined. The good news is, the transfer of former Raiders’ guard, Holden, can improve this already depleted attack, giving them another versatile threat on the perimeter. And with the success he had with Wright State, nothing to say he cannot replicate it with the Buckeyes or better it. He should be able to bring as much contributions as his predecessors or more, starting as the shooting guard or second offense option. It is going to be a long competitive season for the Buckeyes, but the transfer of Holden is a step in the right direction for Ohio State. He will help them challenge at all fronts, one of the things he knows how to do best.
|4/15/2022 6:46:21 PM|
|Best In NFL Free Agency 2022|
The NFL offseason is in full swing, and teams are scrambling to sign the best free agents. This year's class is stacked with talent, and there are a lot of big-name players on the market. The Patriots have already made a few moves, but they are still looking to add more pieces to their roster. The Jets are also active in the free-agent market, and they have been signing a lot of players from other teams. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. Who will end up winning the Super Bowl this year? We will have to wait and see.
The NFL free agency period is always an exciting time, as it gives fans a chance to see their favorite team improve its roster. This year's class is no different, as there are a lot of top players available. Teams are looking to add talent at every position, and there is sure to be a lot of movement over the next few weeks. It will be fascinating to see how everything plays out and which teams are the biggest winners.
Biggest Names In This Year's NFL Free Agency Pool
We saw some big moves with quarterbacks including Tom Brady returning to the Buccaneers, Russell Wilson signing with the Broncos, Pittsburg getting Mitchell Trubisky, Carson Wentz giving it a shot with the Redskins and Teddy Bridgewater moving to the Dolphins.
Wide Receiver was a popular position of trades this off-season including Amari Cooper (Browns), Christian Kirk (Jaguars), Ced Wilson (Dolphins), and Russel Gage (Buccaneers).
Most Sought In This Year
The most sought-after position in this year's free agency class is quarterback, as there are a limited number of starting-caliber quarterbacks available. Teams are also looking to add playmakers on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. With so much talent available, it will be interesting to see how everything plays out over the next few weeks.
Recent Roster Moves
The recent roster moves made by the New England Patriots suggest that they are looking to add talent at every position. They have already made a few moves, but they are still looking to add more pieces to their roster. The Jets are also active in the free-agent market, and they have been signing a lot of players from other teams.
The NFL's free agency period is when teams can sign players who are not under contract with other teams. This year, the free agency period began on March 14th and will continue until April 21st.
There are many different types of contracts that players can sign during free agency. The most common type of contract is a one-year deal, but players can also sign multi-year deals or even short-term deals.
|3/18/2022 1:06:29 PM|
|Austin Parks Center for 2023|
Austin Parks (Twitter) committed to Ohio State on 2/13/2022. He can now sign with Chris Holtmann during the early signing period in November. When Parks arrive on campus, Zed Key will be a senior and the other center on the roster, Felix Okpara, will be entering his sophomore year. Played in High School for Memorial High School in St Mary's Ohio.
Who's Recruiting Austin Parks
Jake Diebler recruited Parks for Ohio State. Chester Frazier for Illinois. And Andre Morgan for Cincinnati.
Offers and Favorites
Parks had 9 Offers including Ohio State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Dayton, Indiana, Michigan State, and West Virginia.
Parks visited Ohio State in June to see the campus and received an offer at that time. Unofficially went to Ohio State prior to committing to see the Maryland v Ohio State game.
Height and Weight
6'10" 240 lbs.
Parks is rated a 3 Star recruit, 18th best Center in the country, 6th best overall in Ohio. Parks plays AAU basketball for Ohio Buckets.
High Schools Stats
As a sophomore in High School, Parks averaged 16 points a game. Junior season, he is averaging 20 points a game and 9 rebounds.
|3/3/2022 2:02:00 PM|
|Ohio State DT Will Smith Jr from Dublin Coffman Ohio|
Will Smith Jr is a 6'3" 260 lbs. Defensive Lineman from Dublin Coffman High School in Central Ohio. He committed to Ohio State on January 23rd, 2022 shortly after making his second visit to campus. He is rated as a 3 star prospect for 2023, the 69th best defensive lineman in the country, and the 14th best overall prospect in Ohio. He played both end and tackle for the Rocks and is the son of late Ohio State and New Orleans Saint defensive end, Will Smith.
Who Recruited Will Smith Jr
Smith was recruited by Mike Daniels for Georgia Tech, Terrance Jamison for Illinois, Marty Long for Northwestern, and Andrew Jackson for West Virginia. He has a number of college scholarship offers including Ohio State, Ball State, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Kentucky. He has always been a huge Buckeye fan since growing up right outside of Columbus.
Will Smith Jr College Visits
Smith made a number college visits prior to deciding on his destination including trips to Ohio State on October 9th, 2021 for their game against Maryland, Purdue on September 4th, 2021, Marshall on September 11th, 2021, Bowling Green on September 18th, 2021, and Notre Dame on October 2nd, 2021. He made another visit to Ohio State prior to committing where he met with Larry Johnson and new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.
|1/28/2022 3:36:21 PM|
|2022 Defensive Tackle Hero Kanu from Santa Margarita|
Hero Kanu (twitter) is a defensive tackle in the 2022 recruiting class. Kanu attended high school at Santa Margarita Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. The 6'5" and 293 lbs. prospect will be announcing is commitment on January 8th on NBC. Ohio State discovered Kanu at their June Camp in 2021. He quickly became a prospect they had to get after inviting him back for a second day of camp.
Who's Recruiting Hero Kanu
The list of coaches recruiting Kanu is quite long, Tray Scott for Georgia, Mike Elston and Marcus Freeman for Notre Dame, Larry Johnson for Ohio State, Calvin Thibodeaux and Jamar Cain for Oklahoma, and Holmon Wiggins and Freddie Roach for Alabama.
Kanu Offers and Favorites
Kanu has 26 offers with Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma leading.
Kanu has taken 5 Visits including November 13th to LSU, November 6th to Georgia, October 23rd to Notre Dame, October 30th to Ohio State for their Penn State match-up, and October 16th to Oklahoma. Camped at 16 different colleges over the summer of 2021.
Kanu is considered a 4 Star recruit, the 18th best defensive lineman and the 7th best overall in California.
Kanu Crystal Ball Predictions
Steve Wiltfong is predicting Kanu commits to Ohio State with high confidence. Bill Kurelic says Ohio State with medium confidence. Brandon Drumm goes with Ohio State with medium confidence. Eric Lammers, Ben Bachmann, Geoffrey Ketchum, and Trent Smallwood all say Ohio State. While Sam Spiegelman changed his prediction from Ohio State to Oklahoma on November 23rd.
Kanu is invited to the All American Bowl. The bowl will air on NBC January 2nd at 2pm. He will be on the West squad with a number of current Ohio State commits.
|12/30/2021 2:46:43 PM|
|Devin Brown Ohio State Quarterback|
2022 Quarterback Devin Brown Committed to Ohio State on December 1st 2021 out of Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. The 6-3 190 lbs. recruit is the sixth best quarterback in the country and the best overall recruit in Utah for 2022. Corey Dennis recruited Brown for Ohio State while Jeff Lebby led recruiting for Ole Miss, AJ Milwee for Texas, and Graham Harrell for USC.
Devin Brown Visits
Brown visited Ole Miss on October 9th, Texas on November 13th, Ohio State on November 20th, November 28th AJ Milwee from Texas Longhorns visited Brown, and Jeff Lebby from the Ole Miss Rebels visited Brown making a final push before the commitment to Ohio State.
Devin Brown Offers
Brown had over 16 Offers including Arizona, USC, Texas, Ole Miss, and Ohio State. He was committed to USC before opening back up his recruitment on November 24th, four days after his Ohio State visit.
Crystal Ball Prediction for Devin Brown
Steve Wiltfong and Blair Angulo had Ohio State with high certainty prior to the commitment. Gerard Martinez had USC with High certainty. Greg Biggins had Ohio State with Med certainty. And Evan Flood had Wisconsin with Med certainty.
Brown is schedule to play in a number of high school all-star games at the end of his Senior season including the All American Bowl, the Polynesian Bowl, and the Elite 11 Finals.
Brown Scouting Report
With a basketball background, the quarterback is a force to be reckoned with. On his passes, he displays excellent arm strength and zip. He demonstrates the ability to toss off-platform without losing velocity. And he distributes to all levels of the field and appears to roll out to space with ease.
Brown High School Stats
In 2021, Brown was 254/372 for 4881 with 57 touchdowns. In 2020 Brown was 151/232 passing for 1761 and 18 touchdowns. 2019, Brown completed 100 passes on 221 attempts for 1319 yards and 10 touchdowns. He progressively got better as his career continued.
|12/13/2021 10:56:04 PM|
|2023 Ohio State Safety Sonny Styles|
Sonny Styles from Pickerington Central High School recently committed to playing college football at Ohio State. The 6'4" 215 lbs. safety is rated a 5 Star and the best safety in the country. Also the number one prospect in Ohio.
Styles announced his commitment to the Buckeyes via Twitter.
"I have decided to attend The Ohio State University! GO BUCKS!" he wrote. Styles is an athlete who plays multiple positions for his high school team, according to reports. The safety posted a highlight reel on Twitter with the caption, "I have been waiting for this time to come since I was 4 years old."
Al Washington for Ohio State was recruiting him along with Bill O'Brien for Alabama and Matt Thurin for Boston College.
Sonny Styles Visits
Styles has taken four unofficial visits including unofficially visiting Florida on September 4th, a June 22nd unofficial visit to Ole Miss, a June 21st unofficial visit to Florida State, and a June 6th unofficial visit to Michigan State.
Sonny Styles Scholarship Offers
Styles has 24 scholarship offers including Ohio State, Alabama, Boston College, Cincinnati, and Clemson. He recently committed to Ohio State on November 13th for the 2023 season. He becomes apart of a class that totals three players and is rated the 6th best in the country. Tight End Ty Lockwood from Independence Indiana and Offensive Lineman Joshua Padilla from Dayton Ohio are also members of the class at this time.
Crystal Ball Prediction
Before Styles committed to Ohio State, Tom Loy predicted he would commit to Notre Dame.
With his height, length, and physical growth as a high school junior, he is a physical prototypical safety. For a player of his size, he changes directions and runs in a straight line very well. At 210 pounds, he is smooth in his moves and is capable of playing in space even covering man to man. Shows good ball skills and hands.
|11/23/2021 8:14:08 AM|
|Offensive Lineman Avery Henry for 2022|
Offensive lineman Avery Henry From the Red Devils in Saint Clairsville, Ohio committed to play for Ohio State 2022. Henry is a 6'7" 305 lbs. lineman who lost 65 pounds this past year to get into better shape.
Henry is a 3 Star recruit, the 122nd Offensive Tackle and the 42nd best overall recruit in Ohio for 2022. Many are comparing him to Ohio State lineman Dawand Jones who came underrated to OSU but developed into a really good lineman over three years.
Henry will play tackle in the future for the Buckeyes.
Who recruited Avery Henry?
Five colleges recruited Henry including Ohio State, Iowa State, Akron, Eastern Michigan, and Syracuse. Ohio State line coach Greg Studrawa visited Saint Clairsville to see Henry play Wheeling Central Catholic and gave an offer after the weekend.
Avery Henry Visits
Henry visited Iowa State on June 11th. He was committed to the Iowa State Cyclones prior to the OSU offer this Fall. He stated that he wanted to play closer to home prior to receiving the Akron and Ohio State offers. He made an unofficial visit to Columbus Ohio prior to committing to the Buckeyes.
Avery Henry Offers
Henry had 6 scholarship offers including Akron, Iowa State, Eastern Michigan, Syracuse, Ohio State and West Virginia. Members of his family had played for the Mountaineers so some felt that was the natural destination.
Crystal Ball Prediction
Allen Trieu on October 18th predicted with high confidence that he would select the Buckeyes after he completed the Columbus Ohio visit.
Henry is a good athlete that dropped weight this past year and played basketball for his high school. First Team All Ohio in 2020 and 2019.
|10/22/2021 10:55:51 PM|
|Felix Okpara Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri|
Felix Okpara, who was a sophomore in the fall of 2019, is 6-foot-11 attending Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri. He’s ranked No. 55 overall in the 2022 class by ESPN Recruiting Nation and other recruiting services. The 210-pound Okpara, who is rated the No. 11 post player in the 2022 class by Rivals, has picked Ohio State over offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Florida. A very good recruit for Chris Holtman and Ohio State that is in need of players at the center position.
Committing to Ohio State
Okpara is a four-star prospect and the No. 11 center in the nation for the Class of 2022. He visited Ohio State over the weekend of June 15th and committed to the Buckeyes on Sunday, his second official visit. The 6-foot-11 Okpara played well for Team Tennessee at the Under Armour Invitational and Peach Jam and is an athletic, raw post player who will be well suited for the Buckeyes’ style under coach Chris Holtmann.
"As soon as I stepped on campus, I fell in love with it," Okpara told reporters. "Throughout the whole visit, I was thinking how it would feel to be a Buckeye." Okpara is a physical presence inside, as he shows a willingness to bang in the paint and has good footwork for a player his size. He can score off put backs and tip ins around the basket, but also has a soft touch from 15 to 17 feet.
The Ohio State 2022 Class
Okpara is among a handful of national top 100 forwards and centers Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and his staff have been tracking this summer to add to their 2022 recruiting class. The others are Florida power forward Jarace Walker, ranked 13th, Illinois forward AJ Casey, ranked 68th, North Dakota center Joe Hurlburt, ranked 123rd, and Arizona center Shawn Phillips, ranked 147th and committed to NC State.
That class now numbers four verbal commitments. The others are Georgia point guard Bruce Thornton (ranked 42nd nationally), New York shooting guard Roddy Gayle (ranked 51st) and Ohio shooting guard Bowen Hardman (ranked 275th).
Okpara plays at Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri. Link Year is the same program that produced Mason Jones (76ers), Deandre Jones (University of Central Arkansas) and Angelo Allergi (Eastern Washington University). Okpara plays for the EAB Tennessee AAU program, which is captained by Reed Kemp who was a part of Missouri Western's 2021 class.
Okpara School Visits
Earlier this summer, I wrote an article about Felix Okpara, the No. 4 player in the state. If you haven’t read it already, you can find it on the site. Well, since then, Okpara has taken official visits to Ohio State (June 15) and Ole Miss (June 27). In recent weeks, Florida and Georgia have come in to try and persuade him to make visits.
|9/27/2021 10:34:27 PM|