You know, Urban Meyer isn’t the only great recruiter at Ohio State… Thad Matta’s not to shabby either, as evidenced by today’s verbal commitment from one of the top recruits in the 2014 class.
D’Angelo Russell chose Ohio State over North Carolina, Indiana, Florida, and home town school, Louisville. Being a Buckeye has cache that the defending National Champs couldn’t replicate.
Russell joins Kieta Bates-Diop, Dave Bell, and Jae’Sean Tate as a part of the 2014 class, and is a five star recruit on most of the evaluation sites. He’s described as a smooth shooter who can play either guard position. Oh, and he’s a lefty… something Thad has had great success with in the past.
After the jump, check out his highlights from Monteverde Academy, where he led the Eagles to a National High School Invitational Championship. Read More
Thad Matta picks up a quick verbal from the third member of the 2014 class, as Garfield Height’s David Bell commits following his visit.
Bell, a 6′ 7″ forward, was on campus yesterday for a visit, and received his official offer today. He accepted shortly thereafter.
Bell is averaging 17. 3 points a game to go with 4.6 blocks and 8.1 rebounds per contest. He’s been on the Buckeyes’ radar for a while, and is currently rated as a three star recruit by several services. Again, at this point he’s only in his junior season, so there’s a tremendous upside for the young man.
His interest list included DePaul as well as a number of smaller schools in Ohio (Dayton, Cleveland State, Miami of Ohio). After the jump, check out his work in last summer’s “Flyin’ To The Rim” competition.
Thad Matta and his staff have been hard at work gathering recruits for the 2014 class and appear to be on a roll. This week they have landed two of the top 50 prospects in national recruiting circles.
Keita Bates-Diop: 6′-7″ 190lbs SF/PF from University High School in Illinois (near Chicago). Scout.com ranks him as the nation 7th best power forward and awards him 4 stars in their recruiting analysis.He is listed in the top 30 overall collectively on all the major recruiting sites. He chose Ohio State over TTUN, Purdue, Louisville, Wisconsin and Illinois amongst others.
Jae’Sean Tate: 6′-5″ 190lbs SF from Pickerington Central High School. Scout.com ranks him as the nations 14th best small forward and awards him 4 stars in their recruiting analysis. He is listed in the top 50 overall collectively on all the major recruiting sites and is considered by most to be the number 1 junior in all of Ohio. He selected Ohio State over offers from TTUN, Purdue, West Virginia and Xavier.
As Hate Week rolls on, don’t forget the men’s hoops team will be back in action Friday at 6:00 against UMKC. The Ohio State senior football players and Urban Meyer will be recognized at halftime.
This week, there’s only one song that will suffice for Buckeye Nation. Enjoy!
The “reveal” was a part of the Beat Blue rally in the Student Union on Monday night, and saw former Ohio State running back Raymont Harris taking the catwalk at the party. The biggest question is about the Buckeye leafs awards on the helmet- the jersey will have seven of them to commemorate the seven national titles, but it’s unlikely that the awards the players have won this season will make the helmet. That being said, the official Nike blog has a Buckeye sticker on the helmet, so there may be something in the works.
My take: I like these the most of the ones we’ve seen, although I wish they’d stop screwing around with the gear for Mich1gAAn week. But, the students like them, as do all of the recruits who will be in attendance... and that’s the target demographic.
“You’re taught at a very young age who the enemy is, but you have a lot respect for the enemy.”
He spoke fondly about this year’s senior class, and how he’s been impressed that they stuck around once the bowl ban was announced. He talked about the need to be ready for both Denard and Devin at quarterback on Saturday, and that there was more than likely a chance for something “interesting” to happen. On his own quarterback, Coach Meyer talks to him daily and reminds him that the goal is to be a QB that can run rather than a running back who throws the ball. “It’s a big week in Columbus Ohio”
Well, we wanted recruiting news… just didn’t expect it to be basketball related!
After a visit to Columbus this past weekend, Baltimore Mount St. Joseph shooting guard Kameron Williams decided to pull the trigger and verbal to Thad Matta and Ohio State, becoming the second member of the 2013 class. Williams will join Marc Loving as a part of a class that’s still developing, which is good news for Buckeye fans after a sub-par (by Matta standards) 2012 recruiting season.
Williams was believed to have been a Miami lean prior to his trip this past week, and called Ohio State “the cream of the crop in terms of men’s basketball”. And Williams ain’t too shabby himself, excelling in one of the nation’s basketball hotbeds.
The 6′ 3″ 170 senior is a four star on most of the recruiting sites, and is also a top overall recruit in the upcoming class. After the jump, you can see highlights of his performance at the Nike Global Challenge… he’s pretty good. Read More
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Like every coach in college basketball, Ohio State’s Thad Matta is often criticized by fans and supporters. One thing Matta is not usually criticized for, though, is his ability to recruit top-notch talent.
Except for this upcoming season.
Ohio State’s 2012 recruiting class does not have any player ranked in the top 150. In fact, the Buckeyes’ class contains a grand total of one commit: Amedeo Della Valle, a 6’3” point guard from Henderson, Nevada.
Coming off a season that resulted in a trip to the Final Four, the Buckeyes lost All-American forward Jared Sullinger and guard William Buford, OSU’s third all-time leading scorer. It was also a season that ended with Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon electing to transfer to Dayton and Toledo, respectively. With those four out of the picture, many Buckeye fans seem to be very concerned about the lack of a 2012 recruiting class.
The sky is not falling, though. Next year’s Buckeyes will be just fine.
Replacing Sullinger and Buford will no doubt be a challenge, but OSU has several players that were patiently waiting their turn on Matta’s bench just a year ago. Read More
|It looks like Philly native and Friends Central forward Amile Jefferson will finally make the decision of which college to play for Tuesday afternoon. With the late signing period looming Wednesday, it looks like the top 25 prospect has nailed it down to where he wants to go.According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jefferson said on Friday that he’s “still looking” at Ohio State, Kentucky, Villanova, N.C. State, and Duke. The Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Pennsylvania had at one point put the Buckeyes high on his list, but since has seemed to favorite the likes of N.C. State and Duke.The Friends’ Central senior averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game in his high school career. The McDonalds All-American has a very good all around game, that best suits him at the power forward position in the college game.
Early on, it looked like Duke and Ohio State would be in a battle to convince Jefferson they were the school for him. But as of late, N.C. State has really put together a push to convince the undersized forward. And now, with one scholarship left for 2012, Calipari is putting in his last sales pitch for Jefferson in Lexington.
Back in December, I profiled Jefferson in a 2012 recruiting update:
A lot of what has kept the Jefferson recruiting wheel rolling has to do with the likes of Anthony Bennett, who has yet to sign a Letter of Intent, and might even opt to wait until after the late signing period.
Both Power forwards were on the radar of Kentucky and Duke. Jefferson has also continued to explore his options based on probable NBA Draft picks. NC State, who was the most recent to jump in the mix, has a top five class heading to campus in 2012. If they could add Jefferson, they could really be a threat in the ACC right away next season. With the talented C.J. Leslie returning though, many wonder if Jefferson still has them as a favorite heading into Tuesday.
I personally believe that Duke would be the perfect fit for Jefferson to develop his game and get immediate playing time. In fact, in due time, he could become the next Eldon Brand or Shane Battier in that program. His skill set really plays into how the Duke program has handled it’s undersized bigs in the past.
His game is similar to that Sheldon Williams, Carlos Boozer, Christian Laettner, Leoul Deng and the tons of forwards that have come through the program and made their way to the NBA.
All we can hope for is that his announcement doesn’t take as long as former recruit Tony Parker, who selected UCLA after three hours of non-sense.
Time for another wander around the BBN for a look back at the week in Ohio State Sports. Oh, and be sure to check out one of the newest places for news from Buckeye Athletics, Unscripted Ohio, from our friends Chris and Jeremy and the Buckeye Sports Bulletin/Yahoo!/Rivals family. It’s a great resource… and we hope to add them as the seventh seal on the BBN in the near future.
We’ll toot tBBC’s horn first this week, if only to give best wishes to our own Jim, who ties the knot to his beautiful fiance today. Mazel Tov, guys… Enjoy your amazing day and your time together on the honeymoon. Oh, and remember: come August his heart belongs to Urban.
James led off our double look at recruiting this week, covering the post- spring game options for football’s class of 2013-
Most people are projecting 21 as the upper limit of scholarships in 2013, so with Heuerman on board (speculation as I write this- ed. He verballed to Notre Dame… what can you do?), that leaves approximately seven spots to fill.
On Friday, Joe talked hoops, given that there are still some options for the Buckeye 2012 class now that transfers and the NBA have increased Ohio State’s numbers-
Now that it seems that the rest of Ohio State’s open scholarships will be turned down for other programs across the country (Amile Jefferson, Anthony Bennett), Thad Matta and company will be looking at the best transfer options and gauging interest in the upcoming month.
Yet, there is still one more interesting option that has evolved from the class of 2012…
The team from the Buckeye Blog evaluated last Saturday’s Spring Game, first with a take on the “Hoot And Holler” drill that kicked off the game-
This is exactly what the 2012 Ohio State team will be playing for – pride and respect. There is no Rose Bowl or Big Ten Championship to play for this year, and some (including myself) have worried about where the motivation will come from for the players. Worry no more. This new coaching staff has instilled a competitive spirit amongst the Scarlet and Gray ranks that was palpable throughout the stadium during this drill.
The review continued by evaluating not only the quarterback performances, but the way that their new coach is grooming them to be the tip of the spear for the new Buckeye offensive philosophy-
Although I’m still a fan of Big 10 style threeyardsandacloudof football, at some point even a successful Jim Bollman offense gets frustrating (not to mention the emotions associated with an unsuccessful Bollman offense). Meyer has said that this is still Ohio State and that we can expect to see a solid running game come fall. Unlike 2011 however, not only will there be the threat of a passing game (which was non-existent at times last year), we should actually have a solid passing game in place.
While there were a number of great articles at TSB this week, the one that made national news was Michael’s interview with Kyle Dodson, which addressed the “Bret Bielema” allegations of a “bumping” recruiting violation- Read More