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Backup help for Kaleb Wesson is on its way.

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One of the key weaknesses to the 2018-19 Ohio State Buckeyes was frontcourt athleticism.
Kaleb Wesson was reliably, and successfully, able to play bully ball in the post, but outside of this the Buckeyes struggled in the frontcourt. This led to the Buckeyes to being 201st in offensive rebounding percentage last season.

Help could be on the way with the 2019 recruiting class.

The Buckeyes currently sit in the top-15 in the 247Sports team composite and amongst the four players committed are three athletic frontcourt players.

A center, Ibrahima Diallo, committed to the Buckeyes in mid-April.

Diallo, a seven-foot, three-star prospect, looks to be a rebounding, shot blocking, and rim running presence early on in his time at Ohio State. He should develop into his offensive game as time goes on. Take a look at his highlights below.

Diallo chose Ohio State over offers from Pittsburgh, Florida State, USF, and DePaul.

Despite the athletic frontcourt limitations for Ohio State’s squad, Holtmann’s team was still a top-25 defensive team last season. Now that the coaching staff is adding in athletic presences like Diallo, top-50 small forward Alonzo Gaffney, and top-50 power forward EJ Liddell. It’s no wonder our fearless leader, Thomas Beindit, has them as a top-4 Big Ten team for next season.