Theoretically, every basketball team is composed of the same pieces—a head coach, a group of assistant coaches, five starters and a bench. The head coach plays the role of the chess-master, manipulating his pawns in the most strategically sound way in hopes of optimizing his chances at victory.
However, the truly special teams are led by more than their coach—especially in college basketball, where most of the participants are only a couple years removed from dancing at the prom and swapping notes in chemistry class.
Players that can assume the responsibility of on-floor coach are essential to providing a stabilizing force in tense late-game and late-season moments.
Ohio State, fresh off the graduation of William Buford and the departure of All-American Jared Sullinger, is going to need one of its players to seize this leadership position. Here are the top four candidates to do so.