It’s hard to imagine the Ohio State basketball program returning to the Final Four after its best player and two-time All-American Jared Sullinger departed for the NBA draft.
Throw in the fact that four-year starter William Buford, who ranks among the top-10 Buckeye scorers of all time, graduated, and things may appear bleak.
But there is plenty of talent left in Thad Matta’s cupboard. If everyone plays up to his individual potential, Ohio State could certainly find itself back on college basketball’s biggest stage.
However, it’s also not much of a stretch to imagine a worst-case scenario unfolding with a young and relatively inexperienced team (outside of three returning starters there is very little game experience on the Buckeye roster) failing to live up to expectations.
While the truth for the 2012-13 season probably lies somewhere in between, here is the best- and worst-case scenario for each Buckeye starter.