This morning we bring you a new feature here at tBBC. Of course, we try and bring you the latest in recruiting on the basketball front from time to time. There is no doubt that it could be touched upon even more, especially in the off-season as we prepare for the 2012 season on the hardwood. As always, the future is bright for the Buckeyes, but everyone is wondering what is the next move on the recruiting front. With the recent addition of Amedeo Della Valle, three more open spots remain in the class of 2012. Will the Buckeyes look to fill them? We find out on today’s tBBC Recruiting Report.
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.
It looks like another date has been set in the Tony Parker sweepstakes. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Michael Carvell, the Four time Georgia State Champion was set to make a decision sometime today. Miller Grove head coach Sharman White told the paper last Sunday that the top 25 ranked recruit is ready to make his decision and end the process.
Yet again though, we’ll have to wait even further than expected.
At this point, Parker and his family say that they will let the world know where to expect arguably the best 0ffensive big man in this class to land on Monday. Many speculate it’s because The Georgia product has soured on UCLA and is looking at Kansas and Duke more and more as his decision looms. High school head coach Sharman White shared this with folks on Wednesday through the Atlanta Journal constitution.
“Tony and his family just wanted a little more time. That way, they will get the weekend to hammer it out. No official time has been set but it will likely be around 3:30 or 4 p.m.”
Parker, who had planned to announce his school of choice at the start of the signing period, has narrowed it down to UCLA, Georgia, Duke, Kansas and Ohio State.
Since there are rumors that Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood might be considering Ohio State as a landing location for his transfer, we went to our SEC and MSU Bulldog expert, WCBI’s Robby Donoho.
We begin with the timeline of Rodney Hood’s time leading up to his transfer from Starkville:
October 27, 2010 – Rodney Hood verbally commits to play for Rick Stansbury and Mississippi State University.
2011 – Signs LOI to play for Bulldogs
November 21, 2011 – Hood named SEC Freshman of the Week
January 2012 – Hood returns to his hometown of Meridian, MS to discuss transferring from Mississippi State.
Jan 2012 – March 2012 – MSU falls from #15 in Top 25 polls to missing the NCAA Tournament, the only team in the January 2nd Top 25 to miss the Big Dance.
March 15, 2012 – MSU head coach Rick Stansbury ‘retires’ as coach of the Bulldogs. Immediately following, Rodney Hood ‘feels comfortable’ with Mississippi State.
April 2, 2012 – Mississippi State hires former Purdue assistant coach Rick Ray as newest head coach.
April 3, 2012 – Hood tweets that he had ‘toughest’ workout in his basketball career with Rick Ray.
April 8, 2012 – Rodney Hood is granted his release from his scholarship at Mississippi State. (Full release can be viewed here)
So…here we are. All-SEC freshman Rodney Hood, a former 5-star prospect according to Rivals.com, is looking for a new school to call home.
An important date on that timeline was during January 2012, when Hood returned to his hometown of Meridian to discuss possibly transferring from Mississippi State.
We still don’t know what spurned this trip home, but we do know his father Ricky had to talk his son OUT of leaving MSU during the season and staying on to play for the Bulldogs.
This, coincidentally, was during the time where the Bulldogs were in the midst of their epic downfall from being a potential sweet 16/elite 8 squad to missing the Tournament all together.
Fans will discuss everything from his character to his demeanor to his work ethic, but being around Hood for his freshman year at MSU: the kid CAN get it.
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