Ohio State Basketball Recruiting Notebook: 10/17

By Mike Young on October 17, 2013 at 6:00p

While the Ohio State basketball program grinds away in fall practice, a pair of high profile visitors will stop by and get a glimpse of one of the nation’s most consistent programs.  

Myles Turner finishes with a slam in traffic

One five-star 2014 big man and a four-star recruit will be in Columbus, this weekend.  Over the summer, the Buckeyes handed out offers to both prospects and have made up significant ground.

Another five-star target ended his recruitment and made a seemingly surprising choice.

Plus, Big Ten schools have been steadily adding commitments over the past month. An Ohio State player thinks the success of the conference will continue to trend upwards.

Turner and Dastrup Visiting

Ohio State was unable to secure a commitment from either Goodluck Okonoboh (UNLV) or Elbert Robinson (LSU). The only apparent target left to fill out Thad Matta’s 2014 class is the best of the bunch – Myles Turner.

Arguably the hottest prospect over the summer, Turner rose to a consensus top-ten player. He vaulted to second overall in both ESPN and Scout’s rankings

Over a month ago, he was invited to visit for the Iowa game weekend. After debating whether to check out Duke, Kentucky or Oklahoma State, Turner’s father told SNY.tv his son will be in Columbus, this weekend. Myles also confirmed those plans. 

The Texas center insists he’ll wait until spring to sign, where he’ll choose between Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State – possibly SMU – and Texas, in addition to the Buckeyes.

Matta and his staff will have a chance to make a great impression, as Columbus will be Turner’s first official visit. He originally planned to visit Kansas earlier this month, but participated in the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team mini-camp, instead.

NBADraft.net ranked the 6-foot-10-inch, 225-pound Turner as the top prospect in their 2015 draft projections. His wide range of enticing skills were on display at the Adidas Nations camp:

Not to be completely overshadowed, 2014 recruit Payton Dastrup will also be visiting this weekend.

The four-star Mesa, Ariz. prospect is planning on taking a two-year Mormon mission. That would make him a scholarship athlete for the 2016-17 season.

Essentially, with Dastrup, Ohio State is getting a jump on the 2016 recruiting class, rather than rounding out the 2014 class – unless Dastrup changes his mind about when he’ll enroll.

Regardless of when he takes the floor, the 6-foot-9-inch, 218-pound forward would be an asset, due to his high motor and rebounding instincts.

Simmons Commits to LSU

Ben Simmons is among the top international prospects with NBA potential.

Ohio State has experience landing Australians, but that won’t help them with Simmons. The five-star 2015 recruit verbally committed to LSU after an unofficial visit.

He recently joined Buckeye commit D’Angelo Russell at Montverde Academy in Florida. Simmons’ ties to LSU, which include his godfather and Tigers assistant David Patrick, were too strong to lure him away.

“I was blessed to have schools like Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, UNC and all of those schools recruiting me,” Simmons wrote, in his USA Today blog. They're great programs with great coaches, players and fans.”

So, for the second week in a row, LSU beats out Ohio State in basketball recruiting. Kind of surprising, but head coach Johnny Jones is building a program that has the potential to consistently finish in the upper half of the SEC.

Around the B1G

​In the past month, the Big Ten has added nine new commitments from the class of 2014:

Who? Where?
Kameron Chatman Michigan
Vincent Edwards Purdue
Brady Ellingson Iowa
Robert Johnson Indiana
Scott Lindsey Northwestern
Josh Martin Minnesota
Lourawls Narin Jr. Michigan State
Jacquil Taylor Purdue
Dominique Uhl Iowa

Over his four years at Ohio State, point guard Aaron Craft has noticed a change in the perception of the conference. That plays a large role in recruiting.

“I wouldn’t say it’s stronger, it’s more recognized throughout the country,” Craft said, at OSU media day.

Craft hasn’t noticed a major difference on the court because of the veterans who were around when he first experienced Big Ten play.

“In my freshman year there were guys that were staples in this conference – Demetri McCamey, Taylor Battle, Jon Leuer,” Craft said. “Not everyone talked about them, but they were great players. They did a good job keeping their programs where they needed to be.”

[Turner screenshot via Scarberry Media]


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ibuck's picture

But I have promises to keep,
And Myles to go before I sleep.
- Matta's mantra (?)
Hopefully, Urban's Buckeyes and OSU fans do their part vs Iowa to help show what a terrific place Ohio State is. 

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.

biggy84's picture

I'm surprised Pitino jr hasn't made more of a splash in recruiting. Maybe Minny is a hard sell to recruits.

Seattle Linga's picture

Isn't there is a big man in Nigeria somewhere - anywhere

Toilrt Paper's picture

Brazil? Spain? Russia, Yugoslavia? Canada, they speak the language? A 3* space eater in this country?

raiderred's picture

Hopefully we get a transfer because I doubt were getting Turner with all the top schools competing for him

mh277907's picture

Luckily Thad doesn't share your sentiment. If he did, Shannon Scott, Amir Williams, Deshaun Thomas, Jared Sullinger, BJ Mullens, Will Buford, Kosta Koufos, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and Ivan Harris would have ended up at the "top" schools you speak of. By the way, those are the McDonald's All-Americans that Thad has brought to Columbus. Ohio State IS a top school.


raiderred's picture

Yeah but all those guys are from the midwest other then shannon scott. He's clearly favoring Kansas and he is from Texas. I'm just saying Ohio State is a top school for all midwestern products in basketball. They do not go out and get the top prospects from anywhere they are guys who are from the Midwest that are top prospects. Sorry I'm being realistic unlike you

chowoon97's picture

Mickey Mitchell is a top prospect from Texas. If he was not injured, he is in top 10 prospect.
The recruiting of Myles Turner just started. Still, Myles Turner did not even visited KU. 
The Ohio State got his first official visit, and it should not be a bad news to us.
Cliff Alexander is KU-lean, and he will announce his school in November. Then KU may not need a big man any more. 

raiderred's picture

But also Mickey Mitchell has his brother already there. I'm not trying to be really negative I just was saying I hope we can get a transfer because it's very slim chance we get him to commit.

zbd's picture

I was wondering if Turner could shoot. After watching other highlight tapes he CAN.  He blocks shots and knows his way around the paint. He is just what OSU needs.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Turner's going to UK.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

OSU069's picture

I doubt it. They already have Karl Towns Jr. Committed. 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Kind of surprising, but head coach Johnny Jones is building a program that has the potential to consistently finish in the upper half of the SEC.

High praise indeed.

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

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Mack Brown recruited Myles Turner to be a kicker

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Squirrel Master's picture

I hope we get Turner or someone for the post, but I am not as concerned as many others. I know its only Amir and Trey right now but Marc Loving is going to start packing on size, because I think his frame can handle it, and he is going to be a tough customer down low to go with his range. I see Bates-Diop as a growing kid who will be a force at PF and I believe I'm correct that David Bell has grown to a full 6'10'' right? if not bigger. I think KBD and Bell are the future post players for the next few years after this season. Throw in that hopefully Bragg and others will join soon.
Plus when we talk about Russell and Kam Williams, those are two guys who can score at will. This team at the moment doesn't have that. Even Ross has to get into his niche to be the scorer he is, but Russell and Williams can create from anywhere and that has been sorely missed as much as the post presence.
I think Matta is building something strong despite the players going to other teams right now.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Jordan Wagner's picture

Dave Bell looked a legit 6'10 to me when I saw him two months ago, however, I have doubts that he can be a Big Ten center. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

He's better than a post player from Greece, or anywhere in that part of the world. And should turn out better than Amir.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Loving is a 6-7 small forward, not a post.

d5k's picture

There is the possibility of playing even more small ball in the future.  And even if not, I like the movement toward a more up-and-down style with the roster we have.  Matta does a fantastic job of modifying his offensive style to fit his players, if you compare the Turner/Diebler, Oden/Conley, and Sullinger/DT years the offense was based around what the best players' strengths were.  This year we will be more of a transition attack and drive/kick team hopefully.  And then when you get in a more half-court setting we can do our pick/pop game with Craft/Ross.