Ohio State Boasts Top-Ranked 2022 Basketball Recruiting Class After Commitment From Point Guard Bruce Thornton

By Kevin Harrish on November 26, 2020 at 12:10 pm
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Chris Holtmann is getting it done on the recruiting trail.

With three commitments from top-150 players, Ohio State now has the top-ranked recruiting class of 2022, according to 247Sports' composite team rankings.

The Buckeyes moved ahead of Michigan State in the latest class rankings following the commitment of top-30 point guard Bruce Thornton on Thursday morning. Ohio State now sits alone at the top of the composite rankings with 59 points and a 95.91 average recruit rating.

The class is led by Thornton, the No. 30 overall player in the class and No. 7 point guard. He's joined by Roddy Gayle Jr., the No. 7 shooting guard and No. 76 overall player in the class of 2022, as well as No. 23 shooting guard and No. 149 player Bowen Hardman.

This comes after the Buckeyes signed a trio of top-100 prospects earlier this month for the class of 2021, including No. 4 shooting guard and No. 23 overall player Malaki Branham and No. 21 power forward and No. 98 overall player Kalen Etzler. Meechie Johnson was a top-100 player in the 2021 class as well, but he reclassified to the 2020 class to play for the Buckeyes later this season.

Between Johnson, Branham, Gayle and Thornton, Ohio State has four top-100 guards entering the program within the next two years.

Ohio State now has the nation's top-ranked recruiting classes of 2022 in both football and men's basketball.

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