Let’s be perfectly honest.
Thad Matta is a great college basketball coach who has done wonders for the Ohio State program. He has led them to two Final Fours, multiple Big Ten regular season and tournament crowns and has pumped players into the NBA at a rate that is unheard of in Columbus.
However, it seems like he is allergic to using his bench sometimes.
But the Buckeyes will be without two-time All-American Jared Sullinger and the criminally, underrated William Buford in the 2012-13 season. Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas are both great in their own right, but they are going to need some help.
And some of that help may just have to come from the bench.
The good news for the Buckeye faithful is that there are plenty of capable options at Matta’s disposal this year. Assuming Craft, Thomas, Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. are the five starters, here are four of those options that will play their way into the Ohio State rotation.