As the basketball season continues and we move into fall, Holy Land Grant Basketball player and team previews will be rolled out. There will be two previews per week until the start of the season, starting with the player previews.
The last time we looked Inbound transport and sniping, Sean McNeil. This time, we’re taking a look at the Buckeyes’ first commit transfer this off-season, Wright State’s Tanner Holden.
Noun: Tanner Holden
to rise: 6 feet 6
Weight: 200 pounds
High school: Wheelersburg High School (Wright State University)
2021-22 Statistics: 20.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.7 FG%, 34.1 3FG%, 78.9 FT%
Not at the gate transfer long before he committed to the Buckeyes, Holden paid a visit right away and committed only one week of his time at the gate.
“I spent a week after our season ended talking to my family and everyone around me about what I should do and what they’re thinking,” Holden told the Bucknuts. “We put it in God’s hands. That led me to put my name out there to explore the options out there.
“I’m generally a homely person,” Holden added. “I love being where people from my hometown, my family and my girlfriends can come and watch the games and hang out with me. That was a big part of it.
And with being from Ohio the most attractive departure Ohio State With education it played a big factor too.
“Graduating from Ohio State University and getting a degree from here means as much as a kid in Ohio,” Holden said. “There was a lot to associate with this place and why I chose here. It’s definitely a great decision. I’m so glad I made the decision to come here. It’s been great so far. I can’t wait for it all to officially start.”
Chris Holtman told reporters when Holden pledged that he views Holden as a polished player who still has room to grow.
“I think his surrounding skills are good,” Holtman said. “I think he’s going to be a much bigger 3-point shooter here than he used to. That’s an aspect of his game that he’s going to have to keep growing.
“He’s an efficient and good player,” Holtmann added. “It’s so versatile in so many ways. Obviously an Ohio kid, we loved it. I’m really excited about Tanner. I think it’s really going to help our team.”
Holden came to Wright State and immediately made an impact, starting in 31 of the 32 games he played. He scored well in the first two seasons, averaging 11.8 and 15.8 points per game in the first and second seasons, respectively. However, during his third season, he shot off big, averaging 20.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He also scored 37 points and 11 rebounds in his first NCAA game at Wright State.
“We missed a big part of our goals (last year),” Holden told Bucknuts. “The coaches told me I needed to be more aggressive and score a little bit. And my confidence increased after that. Because I played with so many great players, I was ready for that moment and doing this role. The team last year, we did a great job sharing the ball. We were a team that scored goals. High. I felt like I got the right shots. I think that was a big thing.”
Holden hits the free throw line more than just about anyone in the country.
“I hit the free-throw line a lot,” Holden said. “I slowly improved my free-throw exponentially from freshman to my freshman year. Getting to the line was a good spot for me. I tried to shoot at least six to eight in the game. The coaching staff put me in great positions to be successful and the rest helped me players a lot.”
Holden’s production and minutes of the meeting are likely to be influenced by Judge Swing. Sueing and Holden are two similar players playing the same position, and if Sueing is in fact 100% healthy, it could hurt Holden’s time on the court. However, if Sueing is dealing with any long-term injuries, Holden is the guy who could come in and play 30 minutes or more for the Buckeyes and play a role similar to Sueing.
Holden used to play the heavy minutes, playing 92 games over three seasons at Wright State and starting in 91 of them. He wouldn’t be in a new position if he had to play a lot in Columbus.
Holden will be a key player in this team, no matter what happens this season with Swing. He’s versatile, can play and guard multiple positions, including the point guard, and can help take some of the burden off freshman Bruce Thornton.
Holden will play 25 minutes per game or more, maybe starting and maybe coming off the bench. With its versatility and ability to guard multiple locations, Holden is arguably one of the most important transfers of the conference.