If Evan Turner returns for his senior season the buckeyes will be a tough team to contend with next year. With a stellar recruiting class coming to Columbus, headed by two McDonald's All Americans, this team will flirt with a number one ranking all year long. If The Villain comes back OSU could a favorite to win it all. This depth chart is just a guess as to what it may look like next season.
PG- Evan Turner / Aaron Craft
If Evan Turner does come back he will be an obvious favorite for player of the year honors and all the other accolades. But we all know what Evan can do. Aaron Craft is going to give the buckeyes some much needed depth behind Turner. Next year Craft will be a high energy defender type guy that will work well in a zone or in man. He plays great one on one defense and is also a very good ball handler. If Turner stays he will be able to come off the floor and take some breaks unlike this year which was Ohio State's biggest weakness.
SG- William Buford / John Diebler / Lenzelle Smith Jr. / Jordan Sibert
William Buford and John Diebler showed great shooting touch this season and were both major contributors on the team. Next year I think these guys might need to share minutes at both wing spots. Smith and Sibert will both fight for minutes next year but I'm sure they will get some time in. Smith is a lefty scorer who uses his body well. He is ranked in the top 100 incoming recruits by ESPN.com. Sibert is recovering from an injury but will be ready to go by next year. He is a solid scorer and shooter. Shooting guard will be the most deep and talented positions on the team next season.
SF- David Lighty / DeShaun Thomas / J.D. Weatherspoon
David Lighty will be back for his senior season and will be given the job of defensive stopper for the third season in a row. He has developed his offensive game and should be a major player his senior year. Thomas is the first of two McDonald's All Americans on this team and he is a great player. He is a lefty who can play both forward positions. He is very strong and athletic and does a lot of damage around the basket. Weatherspoon was a teammate of Jared Sullinger, 2nd highest ranked high school player, and is a very athletic forward. Small forward is another very deep position lead by a 5th year senior and defensive stopper.
PF- Jared Sullinger / David Lighty / DeShaun Thomas / Nikola Kecman
Lead by McDonald's All American number two Jared Sullinger this position should give Ohio State major production. Sullinger is a beast on the boards and can score in bunches. Lighty and Thomas will play both SF and PF when Thad Matta wants to go with a smaller lineup like the Buckeyes played most of this season. Lighty and Thomas will both be able to guard averaged sized PF's with out much trouble and both can score on bigger guys. Sullinger will probably be a one and done so look for him to have a huge season for the Buckeyes.
Nikola Kecman probably won't see much time but he can hit an outside jumper if you need one.
C- Dallas Lauderdale / Jared Sullinger / Zisis Sarikopoulos
Dallas, another senior, will be asked to rebound and block shots just like this year. They won't need scoring out of him but will use his hard work inside for offensive rebounds. Sullinger will play some center for this team. The big question for the bucks is if Zisis can have an impact. He is a 7 ft 1 transfer from UAB and didn't have any impact for the Bucks in this season. If he can develop his game and give the Buckeyes a seven footer off the bench that would help tremendously.
As you can see this team will be very good with or without Evan Turner. Of course if he stays the Buckeyes will be in a great spot for a national championship run. If he leaves OSU will still have a chance to make some noise in the Tourney with the 3 seniors, 3 juniors, and stud recruiting class. The future looks bright for Thad Matta and company.