Ohio State Basketball Recruiting Notebook: Staff Spends Week Scouting Prospects Across 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Classes

By Mike Young on February 11, 2016 at 4:10 pm
Thad Matta talks to the Northwestern staff.

Conventional wisdom would tell you it's too late for a school to put in enough legwork to feel comfortable offering and accepting the commitment of a high school senior. That may not be the case for Ohio State and one 2016 recruit.

Westerville South's Andre Wesson, brother of 2017 Buckeye commit Kaleb Wesson, continues to receive interest from the Buckeyes. Although they hasn't offered yet, his obvious familiarity with the school would make OSU a favorite if the staff does decide to extend an offer.

Thad Matta recently visited the Wesson brothers at practice, although Kaleb continues to sit out with a sprained ankle.

"[Ohio State] said I’ve been more aggressive lately," Andre told NY2LASports.com. "They said I’m starting to play my game better."

Andre has been Westerville South's leading scorer the past two seasons and recently passed former Michigan State receiver B.J. Cunningham on the school's all-time scoring list. He still trails Traevon Jackson by a wide margin but can make up ground on him if the Wessons lead the Wildcats back to the state final, where they lost last season to Huber Heights Wayne.

"We think about last year all the time," Andre told ThisWeekNews.com. "Every day you think about it. Getting there was nice, but this year we want to win it. We want (to cut down) four nets – league, district, regional and state."

As of now, Andre's top offers come from a collection of MAC schools and Richmond. Towards the tail end of his senior year, however, several high major programs could potentially offer him. Maryland recently visited, Wisconsin remains interested and Andre – as told to NY2LASports – believes Butler might offer soon. 

Bucks Looking INto Three Other Prospects

Ohio State sent out nine offers to currently uncommitted recruits in the 2017 and 2018 classes. Of those, five are point guards or capable of running the offense. It should come as no surprise that the staff continues to scout point guards.

According to HoopSeen.com's Corey Evans, four-star point guard Nick Weatherspoon will visit soon. The Camden, Mississippi native has offers from Florida State, LSU, Miami and Mississippi State. In January, Weatherspoon mentioned the Buckeyes among schools that had been recruiting him hard in his junior year.

Considering the amount of time left to recruit and the scholarships available, OSU's staff continues to scout numerous prospects in the 2018 class. Jeff Boals is a "consistent presence" in recruiting Canadian Luguentz Dort, according to SNY.tv's Zach Smart.

The Montreal native now plays for Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Florida and has yet to be ranked by most major recruiting services. Still, Dort received offers from Baylor and Missouri. Expect his recruitment to heat up this summer in AAU play with more eyes on him.

Lastly, Ohio State watched Westerville North and 2019 guard Jeremiah Keene, Saturday. Michigan is also showing interest and Keene took an unofficial visit to both campuses in the fall.

New Micah Potter Mixtape

The latest comes from our friends at CourtsideFilms.com. Here's 2016 Buckeye signee Micah Potter, competing with Montverde Academy at the National Prep Invitational against some of the top prep schools in the country and internationally:

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