Wright State trades Holden settling into new role for basketball Buckeyes

Tanner Holden is one of a handful of new faces for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, which began practice for the new season on Wednesday.

To hear the OSU coach Chris Holtman Speaking of Holden, it’s obvious Wright’s transfer of state custody had a good impact during his first few months as a member of the program.

“He’s been great,” Holtmann said at team media day earlier this week. “The most important thing for him is that Tanner’s game is built on…he’s a terrific cutter and a great athlete. He scored some outside the three, but a lot of it was inside. He will have to continue to build his game to be the most effective here over the next two years. I think he grows with it.

“He’s a really good guard and rebounding winger. His teammates love him. He’s been as consistent a worker as we’ve had in our team. From day one, he’s been as consistent as we are in terms of work.

Holtmann was asked how Holden made the transition from Wright State to OSU this summer.

“He’s a great worker,” Holtmann said. “He’s an everyday guy. He’s been one of our most consistent employees. You know, guys don’t respect guys who aren’t working. And he’s really respected within our dressing room because that he works in. And I think that will allow him to have a voice in the locker room, whatever that looks like as a new player.

We have a video of an interview session with Holden above and another video segment with him below.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Holden entered the transfer portal shortly after finishing his junior season at Wright State. He quickly settled on the state of Ohio as his next destination. Holtmann and his team sold Holden the opportunity to step into the firing line, where the freshman Malaki Branham played last season before deciding to make a jump to the NBA.

He entered a freshman year in 2019-20 and averaged 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He hit an impressive 42.4% from his three-point tries. He stepped up his sophomore year and averaged 15.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Helen J. Jimenez