It’s Independence Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some stars… of the recruiting variety.
Four star big man Daniel Giddens has become the most recent member of the Buckeye hoops class of 2015, after giving his verbal to the staff this afternoon and continuing the Buckeye recruiting roll for the week.
That’s 14 “stars” this week alone… as Mark Pantoni would say- “Booooom!”
The 6′ 10″, 230 pound young man from Marietta Georgia held offers from the home Bulldogs, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Arizona, and the Kansas Jayhawks. He’d been considered an Ohio State “lock” for a while now, but brings a much needed interior presence to Thad Matta’s squad.
According to scouts, he’s still raw in terms of his offensive tools- mostly a big dunker, but he thrives on the defensive side of the court. His quickness and size make him an excellent rebounder and shot blocker.
After the jump, you can see highlights from his time at the NBA Top 100 event and another mix tape of his greatest hits (thus far), and can get a bit of a look at what has the Buckeye coaching staff excited. Read More
Welp, there’s only so much Midwest my family can handle. Wait… that’s not right. There’s only so much of my family that the Midwest can handle. That’s more accurate. Since I’m flying back to LaLa land as we speak, here’s some traveling music for your morning interlude.
Ohio State fans were on “commitment watch” during the Spring Game weekend, but probably didn’t expect today’s news.
Thad Matta picked up his second transfer commitment for the upcoming season, as former Virginia Tech Hokie Trevor Thompson has given his verbal to the Buckeyes following his visit to Columbus.
The 6’11″ forward is an Indianapolis native, and was considering Indiana and Purdue as he looked to transfer closer to home. He will have to sit out the 2014-15 season, but will have three years of eligibility starting in the fall of 2015.
Thompson averaged 5 point and almost 5 rebounds a game in his single season with the Hokies, but managed 15 and 6 against Duke back in February.
Welcome to the Ohio State Family, Trevor… we’re looking forward to watching your career here!
Ohio State added more backcourt talent with the commitment of Michigan native, guard Asia Doss. The 5’7″ guard from Detroit Country Day School committed to Coach Kevin McGuff and the Buckeyes during her official visit this weekend. Per The Columbus Dispatch;
Doss attended last night’s Wisconsin game in Ohio Stadium with Makayla Waterman and Kathryn Westbeld of Kettering Fairmont High School and Alexa Hart of Columbus Africentric. Waterman and Hart already have given verbal commitments to new OSU coach Kevin McGuff
Asia, ranked the #1 player in Michigan, joins the 2014 recruiting class. Things, recruiting in this case, are certainly getting off to an energetic start under Coach McGuff. Here’s one evaluation:
Nike Nationals-July 2013: Confident, athletic floor leader with superb court awareness, body control to the rim; A distributor with a scorer’s mentality, range to the arc; has emerged into an elite-level game manager. (Olson)
These skills sound vaguely like those bought by Samantha Prahalis, so if I’m correct in this judgement, this is a significant addition to the Buckeye team. Here is our newest Buckeye in action… Welcome to the Buckeye family, Miss Doss!
Welcome to Monday Musings, glad that you decided to stop in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this. If it’s early enough in the day, coffee will suffice. If the sun is over the yardarm, I’ll trust you can handle it from there.
This week’s photo pays homage to Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” references from last week. We’re often multi-dimensional here, even if it’s by accident.
I have a couple of items regarding the James/Wexner this week. The first one is an update on the new facility construction, with a good interview with Dr. David Schuller. The feature was prepared by Channel 4. Th folks doing the segment are justifiably proud of the investment in Ohio State, the medical community and the Columbus area. We all should be.
The next items is a heads up about an upcoming fundraiser in the Columbus area, “Steps for Sarcoma”, a 5K/1 mile event. This is the 4th year for the event, and through the 1st three years, $66,000 has been raised for research, $37,000 last year alone.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Orthopaedic Sarcoma Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Sarcomas represent a family of rare cancers that originate in the connective tissues, which includes fat, muscle, bone, cartilage, nerve, fibrous tissue, and blood vessels.
As you can see, sarcoma is one of the nastier cancers around. And, as you can see by the fundraising momentum, the Columbus community has been stepping up and Paying It Forward. Well done, folks, thank you.
Things were kind of ‘doldrum-ish’ while we bided our time until game week. So, I’m sure influenced by some good basketball news from the women’s and men’s OSU programs, and some offbeat Twitter notification (see, I warned you guys about social media, but nooo), our staff at tBBC, or some of us, got into a lively and spirited email exchange about LeBron James; his time with the Cavs, the circumstances around his departure, the Miami Heat, etc., etc. Read More
We’re less than two weeks away from the kickoff to the 2013 season, but things are heating up with Ohio State’s basketball programs.
Thad Matta and his staff, not to be outdone by Kevin McGuff and staff, have added a highly ranked recruit to their basketball program, Mickey Mitchell, a highly rated (4* / 5*) 6’8″ forward, from Plano TX.
If the name and home town are vaguely familiar, they should be, read below. Mitchell is part of the Class of 2015.
From The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Mitchell family, based in Texas, may have to look for an apartment in Columbus.
After son Mike committed to Urban Meyer and the football program last year and is now working as a freshman linebacker with the Buckeyes, younger son Mickey gave his pledge on Thursday to the OSU basketball team. Mickey is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound junior who will be part of Ohio State’s 2015 class.
The eyes of Texas are upon Columbus, OH.
Asked what his younger son’s best position is, Ken Mitchell, a former NFL player, said, “Quarterback.” The two-sport star will stick with basketball for the Buckeyes though.
Yes, much to Thad’s relief.
“Mike was not the deciding factor,” Ken Mitchell said of Mickey’s decision. “But it’s that extra gift. He got up there and realized the legend of Ohio State and what the basketball program has done, and the educational system and how much Mike loves it up there while he’s working his tail off.
I’ll be honest; Ken Mitchell’s father’s statement is about as good as endorsement that any university can receive. Hats off to the University. Mickey additionally held offers from Baylor, Kansas, Texas, aTm and USC, so his high recruitment rankings are justified.
After the jump, you can see what we’re talking about… Read More
Well, Coach McGuff and his staff continue to work their magic in the realm of recruiting. His staff has picked up another commitment from southwest Ohio, so there may be a “pipeline” in the making. Per The Columbus Dispatch:
Kettering Fairmont forward Makayla Waterman committed today to play basketball at Ohio State in the 2014-15 season. Waterman went to OSU to deliver the news in person to coach Kevin McGuff, who cannot comment on the commitment, per NCAA rules.
She is the co-outstanding player of the Division I state championship tournament and granddaughter of former OSU assistant men’s basketball coach Ben Waterman. The 6-foot-2 forward is the 30th-ranked recruit in the country by the ESPN website HoopGurlz and No. 26 in the Philadelphia-based Blue Star Report.
Excellent. A quality front-liner and a young lady with ‘Buckeye’ in her blood.
She joins Cincinnati Princeton twin sisters, Kelsey and Chelsea Mitchell, and Africentric’s Alexa Hart as early commitments to McGuff’s first recruiting class. Waterman initially planned to take official visits to Ohio State, Purdue and Duke in the fall before announcing her college choice.“I just kept thinking about it more and more,” she said.
Again, once McGuff and his staff target an area to recruit. The results are inevitable: Read More
Thad doing work…
Today, Coach Matta received the first verbal for the 2015 (!) class in the person of Dayton Dunbar point guard A.J. Harris.
Harris was on an unofficial visit to Columbus today, and told Coach Matta and Coach Jent of his decision to become a Buckeye soon thereafter.
A point guard, he will be looking to fill the shoes of Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott upon enrolling at Ohio State… enormous shoes for the 5’9″ Harris.
Earlier this month, A.J. indicated that TTUN led for his services, and said that he’d love to be like (former Wolverine) Trey Burke. Well, he’s certainly welcome to do that for the good guys.
After the jump, check out some of his highlights. Be on the lookout for his AAU teammate Luke Kennard, a five star target for the scarlet and gray. Read More