Ohio State Basketball Recruiting Notebook: 10/3

By Mike Young on October 3, 2013 at 6:00p

This past weekend’s Ohio State football game was not only an on-field battle for control of the Leaders Division, but a star-studded recruiting affair.

"Good luck" - said the guy in Taken, before Liam Neesons finds him and kills himOkonoboh, pictured visiting OSU, will decide tonight

The number of football visitors totaled over sixty and – while there were no more commitments – it certainly left an impression on a number of recruits.

It wasn’t just a football-centric Saturday, as it should prove to be the biggest weekend of the year for basketball recruiting. Several highly touted prospects took in the game, including two 2014 big men.

One of those big men will make his college decision tonight.

A 2015 forward, who was in Columbus two weeks ago, spent the past weekend in Kentucky. He had little down time, spending most of it at a basketball camp and visiting the state’s premier universities.

Okonoboh’s announcement

The most urgent situation Thad Matta needs to address is the final, available scholarship for the 2014 class. Prospects include Goodluck Okonoboh, Elbert Robinson or Myles Turner.

Okonoboh visited Ohio State during the Wisconsin weekend, and immediately left Central Ohio for an official at UNLV. Giving himself little time to catch his breath, he’ll announce his college decision, tonight, at halftime of the UL Monroe – Western Kentucky football game.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., meaning his decision should fall between 8:45 and 9:30 p.m.

“Everyone here has been real supportive,” Okonoboh said, in a press release. “The team has been real supportive and coach has been real supportive. I wouldn’t be in this situation I’m in right now without coach [Chris] Sparks, so I’m real thankful for that.”

Indiana, OSU and UNLV are considered the favorites, and are the most recent schools he's visited. He posted an Instagram photo which also included the Duke and Florida logos.

Ohio State offered the 6-foot-9-inch big man in July, and has quickly made up ground.

He would be a welcomed addition to the Buckeye frontline because he's a gifted shot-blocker and has a high ceiling, due to his athletic ability. Combining that with the time he spent at Tilton School (N.H.) and his penchant for high top fades, means Okonoboh draws inevitable comparisons to Nerlens Noel.

Other Wisconsin Wisconsin visitors

Both Okonoboh and Robinson took their official visits to Ohio State over the weekend, with Turner potentially visiting later this month.

Robinson tweeted his feelings on the Ohio State visit and used several emojis:

He also enjoyed the atmosphere at the game, Saturday.

“It was a great experience, I loved it," Robinson told Eleven Warriors, via text. "The crowd was amazing, it gave me the chills. It was pretty fun."

Other Buckeye pledges making the trip to Ohio Stadium for the game were 2014’s Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate, plus 2015 commit A.J. Harris

Franklin (Ohio) native Luke Kennard also reportedly took an unofficial visit for the game.

Bragg among standouts at Coach Lucas camp

Fellow 2015 five-star recruit Carlton Bragg spent the past weekend in Kentucky, honing his skills and trying to earn offers from a couple high profile programs.

Bragg attended the John Lucas Midwest Invitational Camp in Louisville, on Sept. 28 and 29. Slam Online called him “unquestionably the best player in the camp.”  That’s not a small feat, considering talented, 2016 big Thon Maker also participated.

“Bragg took over with his skill level and motor,” Slam Online’s Rodger Bohn wrote. “The definition of today’s hybrid forward, the Cleveland product hit quick release three-pointers, posted smaller defenders, and straight up dunked everything in the paint.”

Here are some highlights backing up Bohn’s point:

Bragg didn’t leave Louisville without checking out its university’s campus, spending part of Sept. 27 on an unofficial visit. He has yet to receive an offer from the Cardinals.

Following that, he took a short drive to Lexington and visited the University of Kentucky. He hasn’t received an offer from coach John Calipari, but he’s garnering major interest from the Wildcats’ staff.


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bigbadbuck's picture

Come on Okonobah, be a Buckeye!!!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

UrbanCulture's picture

Quite giving me reasons to waste 3 hours watching meaningless football games!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Wow, Charlton Bragg. Those highlights are pretty impressive for a 2015 kid!

Deadly Nuts's picture

He should have waited till a UNLV game then commit to Ohio State there. 


ibuck's picture

Did Okonoboh make a mistake that will cost him millions? Good luck.
I wonder what the deciding factors were.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great info!  Can't wait to hear what the decision is. 

fanatibuck's picture

Great post.


skid21's picture

Goodluck has reportedly been an IU lean for awhile. While I'd rather have Robinson or Turner I'd take him with a smile on my face. I'd be surprised if it is UNLV but IU or OSU wouldn't surprise me.
Edit: Just did some more research (which shows you have to live in the Now with recruiting) but it looks like it is between OSU and UNLV.

9Route's picture

It'd be cool just to have a guy named Goodluck on the squad

I'm just happy to be here

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Wow, Bragg looked like a man among boys.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Knarcisi's picture

What is the significance of announcing during the game?  Is the announcement in ESPNU?

SnooBucki's picture

Peace out Goodluck!

Buckeye-in-DC's picture

um, when was the last time UNLV was relevant?  why would a recruit pick them over OSU? doh!!

blazers34's picture

Didn't they have the #1 pick in the NBA draft this year?

OSU069's picture

Umm they've been a pretty good team over the last few years and just had the number 1 pick in the NBA draft. Obviously their not on OSU's level but they are definitely relevant. 

dlb72osu's picture

I don't think so. I have a fairly decent basketball memory but I will have to check out their relevancy over the last decade or two. I last remember their championship in 1990, but also a lot of NCAA trouble after that.
More later.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

OSU069's picture

Look I'm not saying they've been very good or anything but they did have the number 5 seed in the NCAA tournament last year. They also had the number 1 pick in the draft last year who plays a similar position to Okonoboh.(Bennett is a little more of a perimeter player). All in all you can see why he might have chose UNLV. It's not like it's a completely irrelevant basketball school and being in Vegas always helps. However, I definitely agree that OSU would be a better place for him to get better and go deep in the NCAA tournament. 

chowoon97's picture

Wow... UNLV? Now, Myles Turner? 

OSU069's picture

Damn it. He was the second best player out of our remaining targets behind Myles Turner and I felt like we had the best shot with him. Hopefully we get Myles Turner. 

zbd's picture

Goodluck Okonoboh chose UNLV just minutes ago.  Now on to Turner or Robinson.

dlb72osu's picture

Couldn't be thinking of an education or playing for a contending NC. Lotta glitter in that town.
Relevant? Not so much. They did have the No. 1 overall NBA pick last year, but finished the year somewhere in the 35-40 range in ranking including a first round loss in the Big Dance. Last three years were sent packing in first round of the NCAA Tourney. 2001-06 were not even invited.
In 1990 they won the NCAA. Not many of todays players were even born then. Between '91-'98 not invited. Many of the years they were on probation.
Just sayin'.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

EazyElmo's picture

My favorite part from the Carlton Bragg tape was him rejecting a shot then helping that player up off the court. Most guys just mean mug at said rejected player but Mr. Bragg is showing some great character. That's always a plus in my book.