Here’s the checklist for Ohio State basketball this summer:

  • Find a leader.
  • A go-to scorer.
  • Build team chemistry.


And it’s all doable.

The Buckeyes were one of the surprise teams last season, challenging for the Big Ten title, winning 25 games and producing the Big Ten player of the year in Keita Bates-Diop. All of that happened in Chris Holtmann’s first season on the job after the Buckeyes pulled off the coup of landing the former Butler coach last June.

So now what?

“There’s a lot of opportunity for new leadership, a lot of guys will take on new roles,’’ said senior guard C.J. Jackson. “Some of the guys aren’t used to being so vocal but were just leading by example.’’

Jackson said the new gigs are wide open and the players will fend for them during 10 practices, offseason conditioning and workouts in advance of an August trip to Spain.

The candidates for leadership are Jackson, senior guard Joey Lane and junior forward Andre Wesson.

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