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Austin Grandstaff

The Ohio State Class of 2015 got a nice boost with the commitment of 6’5″ shooting guard Austin Grandstaff of Rockwall, TX. Yes, the emphasis on shooting guard is mine. Young Mr. Grandstaff committed to Ohio State today, over an impressive array of suitors.

Among other universities that had made offers to Austin were; Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Maryland, UMass and Texas. He had previously been a verbal to the Oklahoma State Cowboys before reopening his recruiting.

He’s a bit lean at 185 pounds but I’m sure another year or so and he’ll beef up a bit. He’s ranked as a 4-star shooting guard, but as the video below indicates, Austin does more that just “shoot”. He appears to have some good ball handling skills, is aggressive in driving to the basket and seems to have a nice array of floaters, jumpers and other shots to get the ball into the hoop.

After the jump, you can see why Thad might be excited to see him in the Scarlet and Gray: Read More

Mickey Mitchell is a Buckeye!!!

Written August 22nd, 2013 by Ken

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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

Makayla Waterman is a Buckeye!

Written August 21st, 2013 by Ken
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Makayla taking care of things at the defensive end

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

Prospect Profile: Anthony Gill

Written April 23rd, 2012 by Joe Dexter

This article incorrectly referenced sources claiming Kendall Gill was Anthony Gill’s father.  Anthony Gill Sr. is his father. We are sorry for any confusion. 

With the recruiting season coming to a near close, coaches across the country are looking to already experienced NCAA talent to harbor their squads in the next upcoming seasons. With the Buckeyes still holding onto three scholarships for the 2012 class, it’s very likely that head coach Thad Matta is looking at a handful of transfer options for either this season or next year. We’ve already looked at some of those options in the past, including former Mississippi State guard Rodney Hood. Today, we start a series of profiling the possible fits for Buckeye Basketball.

Today, we take a look at former South Carolina forward Anthony Gill. After his visit to campus during the spring game, the buzz has been that he will make a decision between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

For a team that could need some help in the post,  Anthony Gill would be a nice addition. Only recruited heavily out of high school by George Washington, Liberty, Richmond, and South Carolina — Gill had something to prove in his first year on the college hardwood.

And despite his desire to leave Columbia after one season, Gill is more than on his way to establishing himself as a marquee player in college basketball. With Frank Martin heading to the SEC after doing such a great job at Kansas State, you’d think a young talented forward would be excited to continue his tenure at the University that recruited him.

Despite playing in all 31 games and starting in 26, there is only one thing  though that a young player has that can guarantee they will see the playing time they believe they deserve. The trust of the coach they are playing for.

What Gill brings to the table is still a question that is going to take more playing time to answer. At 6’8″ (on a good day), he really can rebound well and hold his own inside. The best part is that he has the agility to guard out on the perimeter if need be. That’s huge in the B1G and across the nation, because so many power forwards (see Deshaun Thomas) can shoot the basketball and create scoring opportunities by either dishing it off, settling for a jumper, or driving to the lane to get to the bucket.

After riding the momentum of Amedeo Della Valle over the weekend, it seems like the Buckeye coaching staff has their eye on a future forward. After taking in all the festivities that took place this weekend, you have to believe that the Buckeyes are right where they need to be when it comes to Anthony Gill.

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Freshmen phenoms, then and now

Written January 17th, 2011 by Jay

The 2010-11 team has a great mix of senior leadership and freshmen talent

Fans of Ohio State basketball have had a lot to cheer about since the arrival of Thad Matta in 2004.  Matta’s passionate coaching coupled with his ability to recruit top players has created a program that puts a superb team on the court year in and year out.  If you’re truly going to be a contender each season, you can’t have one without the other.  Great talent can power you through games, even if the plays aren’t running smoothly and there are breakdowns in focus.  Conversely, a well-disciplined team that executes can overcome a team made up of individual stars.  It’s the teams that develop a pipeline of talent and then harness it appropriately that win championships.

Ohio State’s 2006 recruiting class set the bar for bringing in elite players, and under Matta’s coaching the Buckeyes made it all the way to the national championship game with that freshmen-led team.  Along the way, fans got to experience an undefeated home record, only the fourth freshman All-American of all time in Greg Oden, and the electrifying play of Mike Conley, Jr.  The NCAA Tournament run capped an impressive season with thrilling wins over Xavier and Tennessee.  After the season, Oden, Conley, and fellow freshman and Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Daequan Cook bolted for the financially greener pastures of the NBA.

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