Ohio State basketball just inside CBS Sports’ way-too-early rankings

The college basketball season is still months away, but we’re always looking forward to the possibility of next season. When it comes to Ohio State, this winter’s team is going to look a lot different than the one that walked off the court after the second-round loss of the NCAA Tournament.

With the transfer portal and NBA departures, it’s awfully hard to get a handle on what the landscape of college basketball will look like next year, but that didn’t stop CBS Sports from publishing its way-too-early top 25 for next season.

The Buckeyes are a bit of an unknown with so many fresh faces, and that means you’ll see differing opinions on what we can expect for the upcoming one. In the case of Gary Parrish, he believes OSU has at least a fair chance of being inside the top 25 and has Ohio State ranked No. 24.

“The Buckeyes’ ranking is based on Zed Key and Justice Sueing returning and being joined by a top-five recruiting class featuring four top-65 prospects,” Parrish wrote. “Transfers Sean McNeil (West Virginia), Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State) and Tanner Holden (Wright State) will provide Chris Holtmann with a nice trio of veteran newcomers.”

We’ll just have to see how all the new faces jell for Ohio State. It could be a very underwhelming club or one that exceeds some of the tempered expectations out there.

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