Buckeyes Stars Malaki Branham And Ej Liddell Shined Bright In Recent NBA Draft Pick

Malaki Branham

The Ohio State University must be proud of having two of their best players land a spot in the NBA Draft pick held last June 23, 2022. Buckeyes Malaki Branham and EJ Liddell prided their university when their names were called by the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans, respectively.

What Makes These Two Players Special To Be Selected In The NBA?

Malaki Branham And Ej Liddell
Malaki Branham And Ej Liddell

Malaki Branham and EJ Liddell

Both Malaki and EJ had great collegiate careers, with Malaki especially impressing scouts with his athleticism and shooting ability. OSU will no doubt miss having these two talented young players on their team, but they can take comfort in knowing they have helped to produce two more potential NBA stars.

MALAKI BRANHAM was drafted as the first round’s 20th pick by the San Antonio Spurs. The 6-foot-5-inch shooting guard averaged 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2 assists, per game in his junior year with the Buckeyes. Branham is a lethal scorer from all three levels.

This player is especially dangerous from beyond the arc. He’s a knock-down shooter with deep range. And he’s not afraid to pull up from anywhere on the court, even with a … Read more at FryingPanSports

Combo Guard George Washington III

Out of the Class of 2023 Combo Guard George Washington III has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. He became the first member of Chris Holtmann’s new college recruiting class. Washington attended High School at Christian Academy Of Louisville. His height and weight are 6’2″ 165 lbs. George Washington is best described as a two guard in a point guards body.

Washington has a player rating of 4 Stars, considered the 9th best combo guard in the country and the 2nd best player overall in Kentucky. He felt that OSU offered a system that he could fit into and they were in need of a player like himself.

George Washington III
George Washington III

Who’s recruiting him?

Washington had five offers including Ohio State, Auburn, Liberty, Louisville, and Tennessee. Coach Holtmann and (OSU assistant Ryan) Pedon were responsible for bringing this highly sought after talent to Columbus Ohio.

George Washington III Visits

Washington had one coach visit, namely Rod Clark from Tennessee. He also took unofficial visits to Louisville September 18th and Tennessee on September 11th. Washington made an official visit to Ohio State the November 1st weekend, shortly before becoming a part of their new class. He committed to Ohio State … Read more at FryingPanSports

Ohio State Welcomes Joey Brunk

Joey Brunk

Ohio State has welcomed center Joey Brunk to its men’s basketball program just over a week after he announced that he would be transferring from Indiana. He is the second player to join the Buckeyes through the off-season transfer portal following former Penn State player Jamari Wheeler.

Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State
Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State

Joey Brunk, with a height of 6-feet 11-inches and weighing 225 pounds, began his college basketball career at Butler where he was a feature for three seasons. He also had a red-shirt year, in 2016-17, with now Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann, so is not a complete unknown. He transferred to Indiana before the 2019-20 season where he averaged 6.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Hoosiers in an average of 19 minutes play per game. It means that Brunk will be entering his sixth and last season of college basketball by playing with the first coach he ever signed with.

Brunk did not play any of last season because of surgery he undertook for a back injury. Even during his absence he was voted among one of four players by his teammates as a candidate for team captain. Now back to full strength, … Read more at FryingPanSports