(8-5-21) In late July Ohio State basketball head coach Chris Holtmann announced that the Buckeyes plan to red-shirt Crestview incoming freshman forward Kalen Etzler (6’8) during the 2021-22 season.

Etzler told the Columbus Dispatch after the announcement:

“I just thought to myself, I might take a year off with (all) the seniors coming in and save a year of eligibility and then when I come in as a freshman hopefully have some freshman accolades. It’s definitely tough, especially coming in with guys I hope I could play with and get a taste of some games, even if they’re just a couple beginning-of-season games, but I know it’s the best thing for me.”

Holtmann said at the press briefing on the announcement:

“Had a great conversation. I think it’s something he’s looking forward to, as is his family. (We’re) looking forward to his development moving forward.”

“He’s not injured. When we recruited him, we had that conversation.”

Ohio State’s roster is well stocked for the upcoming season including three transfers..Jamari Wheeler (Penn State), Joey Brunk (Indiana) and Cedric Russell (Louisiana).

The other 2021 signee was Mr. Ohio Malaki Branham, a 6-foot-5-inch, 190-pound guard from Akron (St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Plus you add Jimmy Sotos and Kyle Young who will not count against the scholarship limit as both are taking advantage of the sixth year granted to all student-athletes by the NCAA due to the pandemic.

Did you know….

Etzler’s older brother, Javin, plays at Miami (Ohio), his Uncle and Coach last year at Crestview, Doug, who played for the Buckeyes from 1992-95.