Ohio State Basketball Recruiting Notebook: Potter, Wesson & Simmons Shine over Holidays

By Mike Young on December 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm
Buckeye recruits on the hardwood

The Ohio State hoops team and its recruits heated up over the holidays. 

Both Micah Potter and Kaleb Wesson participated in the City of Palms tournament last week, eventually meeting in the fifth-place championship game. Potter continues to see an increase in minutes since the notebook covered his performance on ESPN2 earlier this month. 

He even earned a starting role during the tournament:

Sbiet's tweet refers to Montverde's win over Daniel Giddens' former school, Wheeler (Georgia). Potter hit five of his eight field goal attempts, three of which came from beyond the arc.

Throughout the tournament Potter showcased the range that made him an enticing recruit for the Buckeyes. He also has the ability to finish in transition:

After beating Wheeler, Montverde took on Wesson and Westerville South. Both Potter and Wesson reached double figures and had at least five rebounds. Potter's team won by 29 and he outscored Wesson, but the 2017 OSU commit had a strong tournament.

Wesson recorded a double-double in his team's win over Norland (Miami) and had four steals in the loss to Montverde. If you're wondering about Wesson's defensive capabilities, he appears to be sound footwork-wise much like he is on the other end of the court:

Overall, Westerville South is positioning itself to be a potential state Final Four squad again. The Wildcats are 8-2 and No. 1 in both 270 Hoops' area power rankings and JJ Huddle's statewide poll.

Potter vs Simmons

Potter's team also took on Kobi Simmons' St. Francis (Georgia) team, Tuesday.

Montverde took it to St. Francis in the same way they did Westerville South, winning 81-55. Potter only scored two points, held back by foul trouble throughout the game. Simmons committed five fouls himself, but still scored 18 points. 

The uncommitted five-star recruit is having a strong all-around senior season:

We've all been waiting for the answer as to how the Buckeyes would fit Simmons in their 2016 class with Potter and Derek Funderburk Jr. Austin Grandstaff's transfer opened a roster spot, so that issue solved itself. 

As far as when Simmons could commit, he's still looking at a spring-time decision. Arizona is now in the mix, plus Kentucky and UNLV aren't going away. Wildcat fans seem to be convinced Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe are bound to leave, plus Jamal Murray looks like the best pro prospect on the team. So, maybe UK is the most formidable threat to land Simmons.

OSU Still after johnson

If the Buckeyes don't land Simmons, chances are they'll roll that scholarship over to 2017.

Gary Trent Jr. is certainly still a target in that class. If the Buckeyes want to add another point guard, however, Markell Johnson may be that guy.  

The Cleveland native is a four-star recruit and already has an offer from Louisville. Matta's staff has been recruiting Johnson since April of 2014 and Johnson visited Columbus this fall.

Last week, Matta and two assistants scouted Johnson when his East Tech squad played Dublin Jerome:

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