As previously mentioned, Kameron Williams will play an integral role in improving Ohio State’s three-point shooting next season, but it is even more important that those players who will see more minutes contribute in that category as well.
The Buckeyes struggled in the half-court offense too often last year, especially when Deshaun Thomas wasn’t scoring. The fact that only Sam Thompson shot better than 39 percent from behind the arc certainly didn’t help those lackluster efforts.
Williams, Thompson, LaQuinton Ross, Lenzelle Smith Jr., Shannon Scott and especially Aaron Craft need to work on their jump shots all offseason. Thomas will no longer be around and Amir Williams is far from automatic down low, so more effective long-range shooting will be necessary if Ohio State hopes to contend for another Final Four.
For Craft, an improved three-point shot is one of the few things standing in his way from becoming All-American quality as a senior. Everyone knows about his defense, and his ability to slash the lane and get to the basket is underrated, but he needs to develop a better outside shot. Too often teams like Wisconsin and Wichita State backed off him and took away much of his offensive impact.
Thomas’ production will be difficult to replace, but one place to start trying this offseason is behind the three-point arc.