As August rolls on and football season moves from dream to reality, we here at Land-Grant Holy Land are committed to providing the best football coverage. But also, as much basketball coverage as possible.
Similar to last season, we will be doing player previews and team previews from now until the start of the season. Although it sounds early to start previewing things, there will be 13 player previews and 13 team previews, so it will take 13 weeks to do all the previews in full and we’ll be working twice a week. With three months left in the basketball season, we begin our player previews now.
The first ones we’ll tackle are the five freshmen on Chris Hotlmann’s list. Then, we hit transfers and finally, return bookies. So first up is Bowen Hardman.
Name: Bowen Hardman
Weight: 165 pounds
high school: Princeton High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Class: Hot man
2021-22 Stats: N/A
View: Hardman in 2010 He comes in as the lowest-ranked recruit in the 2022 recruiting class, but he’s still a solid player who dominated his high school and got results. Ohio State Present at the beginning of the high school career. He’s also a longtime recruit who calls Ohio State his “dream school.”
As a junior, Hardman averaged 15.1 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 38 percent from three-point range.
He is known as a shooter but he is also a scorer who can get into the lane and create. He can create in the paint, shoot over guys and get to the foul line.
Hardman is listed as a 6-foot-4, 160-pound shooting guard out of Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to 247 Sports, Hardman is a three-star recruit and the 308th recruit in the nation, the 48th ranked shooting guard and the 12th ranked recruit in the state of Ohio.
keep out Hardman’s expectations are not what happens on the court. The main thing to pay attention to is development. Hardman spoke with Griffin Strom of the Eleven Warriors about his transition and lifting after arriving in Columbus.
“I would definitely say the weight room, I think that’s the biggest thing. You lift in high school, but you lift in college,” Hardman said. “You really know how to be strong and transition from high school to college.”
“(The first few weeks) were definitely tough,” Hardman added. Exercises on the floor are very fast paced. The weight room is big, it’s a big body, that’s probably the hardest part by far. It’s definitely been great so far, just being able to be one of the guys, seeing different guys do different things, playing different roles has been huge.
With the way the roster is shaping up, Hardman will likely redshirt. With the other four freshmen, three transfers and five returning Buckeyes, that’s 12 guys who will see some floor time. If Kalen Etzler did what he did last season and redshirted and took the offseason to gain some muscle and adjust to the speed of the game, Hardman would really make sense. It benefits Etzler as he looks fast, strong and ready to go this season.
Plus, Ohio State is losing at least four guys next season and Hardman will have more minutes to pick up.
Forecast: The final prediction is that Hardman will take a redshirt season and use it to strengthen his season. If he doesn’t we can adjust him and set the right expectations and projections for him, but right now I don’t expect to see Hardman on the court this season and ultimately I think that’s a positive thing for him overall. Improvement and development.