Ohio State Basketball Recruiting Notebook: 9/26

By Mike Young on September 26, 2013 at 6:00p

In case you’re blissfully unaware, this upcoming weekend is fairly important. Huge for Eleven Warriors, Bradley-Roby-inspired alcohol consumption and the future of Ohio State basketball .

Russell is scheduled to visit, along with six others

It’s not just about football, Saturday. By our count, seven high school basketball recruits will visit campus, four of which will be “official” visits. On official visits are two highly touted big men, either of which would be considered the missing piece to Thad Matta's 2014 class.

In the past week, the Buckeyes extended a scholarship offer to one of the top perimeter prospects in 2016.

An OSU target, who is one of 2015’s top wings, cut his list of schools to 10. Plus, a member of the coaching staff visited with two elite prospects from the 2015 and 2016 classes.

Buckeye Hoops Taking Advantage of Wisconsin Weekend

There’s no better time to showcase the Ohio State campus than on a football Saturday. Adding in the elements of a primetime game and the in-conference significance of the matchup, it’s clear that this is an ideal recruiting tool – not exclusively for Urban Meyer.

Three members of the Buckeyes’ 2014 class – in other words, everyone except Dave Bell – will visit this weekend. The staff is hoping to fill out that class with one of the two big men who will also visit Columbus for the Wisconsin game.

Commits Keita Bates-Diop and D’Angelo Russell will take their official visits this weekend, while Pickerington native Jae’Sean Tate will make the short trip to the Horseshoe. They’ll join coveted big men Goodluck Okonoboh and Elbert Robinson, both on official visits.

The 6-foot-9-inch Okonoboh is one of the top shot-blockers in his class and a high level athlete. Ohio State will mark his second official visit, after he stopped by Indiana two weeks ago. He’ll also visit UNLV, Sunday.

Robinson is a powerful force on the block and a tough rebounder NBC Sports.com’s Rob Dauster likes his post game.

“[Robinson’s] massive. 7-feet, pushing 275 pounds, 7-5 wingspan,” he told Eleven Warriors, in July. “He moves fairly well for someone his size and his age, too. I've liked his ability to get position in the post, and I think he embraces his size.”

Two members of the 2015 class will also visit Columbus, in an unofficial capacity. Point guard commit A.J. Harris has been looking forward to attending the game all week:

Fellow Southwest Ohioan and AAU teammate Luke Kennard is also scheduled to be in attendance. Matta checked out the five-star basketball recruit while Kennard played quarterback for Franklin High School.

You can find Eleven Warriors full list of fall visitors here.

Ohio State offers Battle

Last week’s game against Florida A&M was comparatively insignificant, but New Jersey native Tyus Battle visited anyway. He left Columbus with a scholarship offer, the fifth member of the 2016 class to receive one from Ohio State.

Battle is a five-star recruit, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. ESPN.com highlights his defensive abilities, despite his slender frame.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 185-pound wing also lists offers from Connecticut, Indiana and Syracuse, among others.  According to this YouTube video, he has also earned the Kobe Bryant-inspired nickname “Kid Mamba:”

Matthews Cuts List

Considering his affinity for long, versatile wings from Chicago, it’s no surprise Matta is after Charles Matthews.

The 6-foot-6-inch wing has the potential to become a matchup nightmare for opposing teams, based purely on his wingspan and defensive IQ. Offensively, Matthews aggressively uses his size to finish in traffic.

He is scheduled to take an unofficial visit Kansas next week, while he has already been to Kentucky and Michigan State in the last month.

Checking In On Other Prospects

The Buckeyes offered 2015 guard P.J. Dozier back in June, while the Seventh Woods news gives us a chance to post a mixtape that even Mickey Mitchell is jealous of (8.5 million views!):


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Jonnferrell's picture

It's time for Matta to lead the Buckeyes to a national championship.  They've been dancing around it long enough.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

MN Buckeye's picture

But the path to the NC is built on getting high-quality recruits, and Matta and his staff are doing a great job. 

Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

This is a historic run in Ohio State basketball. Matta is doing a great job and his recruiting shows there is no sign of let up. We need to enjoy the ride and appreciate this coach.

chowoon97's picture

Updated ESPN 100 ranking
D'Angelo Russell: No. 12 (5 star)
Keita Bates Diop: No. 22 (5 star)
Jae'Sean Tate: No. 25 (4 star)
No. 1 Team recruiting class (over UNC).
And, Goodluck Okonoboh or Myles Turner?
Matta and his staff are doing an excellent job.

hetuck's picture

Watch one of the OSU assistant coaches lead the recruits on the field just before the band enters. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Yeah, Seventh Woods's mixtape is stupid. Mixtapes are the new playground legends.

holtzy's picture

Ain't no way that kid is 14.  Unreal abilities.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I'm soooo geeked for basketball, but I can wait...not really though.
Amazing how much of a polar opposite our conference is in basketball compared to football.

zbd's picture

P.J. Dozier is absolutely sick. I look for Robinson or Goodluck to commit after this weekend.  

Seattle Linga's picture

The classes in the future are sick and I can't wait to watch them develop. Deep Deep runs in March.

EazyElmo's picture

What I am hoping for this weekend is that either Elbert or Goodluck give Coach Matta their silent verbal and the other player gives an updated final cut of schools and tOSU is not on it giving away the players silent verbal. Plus I want Kennard to just be blown away with the new facilities and commit on the spot. Screw UK and UM

Nutty's picture

I'd like either of the big men but Robinson would be my preference. What an amazing class he could top off.

+1 HS
OldColumbusTown's picture

On some of his blocks in the video, Okonoboh looks like he's playing on an 8-foot hoop.  What hops!
Turner would be my #1 preference to round out the 2014 class, but either Okonoboh/Robinson would be a nice pickup as well.  Robinson is more offensively-inclined and would actually give OSU a nice post presence on that end.  Okonoboh could possibly make that group of recruits, and as a result, the Ohio State team, the best defensive unit in the country.  Russell, Tate, KBD, Bell, and Okonoboh would be an unbelievable defensive team, and a crazy athletic team overall.