Regardless of the potential that litters the Ohio State roster, there are a number of question marks that need to be answered if this is going to be a title-contending team. However, on an individual level none of these “ifs” are particularly daunting, and each could realistically break the Buckeyes’ way.
Amir Williams is the biggest uncertainty. He still has not realized his potential, despite his status as a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school. He is now an upperclassman, and if he is ever going to make the leap it will happen this year.
Other “ifs” that need to occur if Ohio State is going to win a conference crown are Sam Thompson and Lenzelle Smith Jr. developing consistency on their jump shots, the aforementioned LaQuinton Ross actually making the leap to superstardom and Aaron Craft playing to his strengths on offense.
We saw evidence of all of that happening by the end of last year, and there is no reason to expect differently in 2013-14. If the two freshmen find their roles early and Shannon Scott develops a bit more of an offensive game to complement his tenacious defense, the Buckeyes will be in good shape.
All of these question marks together suggest a high amount of uncertainty, but when they are broken down on an individual level, none of them are particularly overwhelming or even unlikely to work out in the Buckeyes’ favor.