Reinforcements are coming for Ohio State, which got back on track after a five-game skid with a win against Nebraska on Saturday.
Five-star point guard DJ Carton, one of Ohio State's three 2019 signees, dropped 49 points in Bettendorf High School's win on Saturday. With the near-50-point performance, Carton cracked 1,000 career points in high school.
WATCH - Bettendorf Senior D.J. Carton scores a career high 49 points and reaches 1000 points for his career. Here are some of his hilites @DJCarton @BettAthletic @BettBball @OhioStateHoops @TheScoreWQAD pic.twitter.com/FP8cT2HowA— Kory Kuffler (@kuff_sports) January 27, 2019
Carton is the No. 25 overall prospect and the third-ranked point guard in his class.
The combination of Carton and four-star forwards E.J. Liddell and Alonzo Gaffney gives Ohio State the top-ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten and the No. 10 class in the country. Carton, Liddell and Gaffney were each in the top 36 of ESPN's recently updated 2019 rankings, making the Buckeyes the only team in the country with three prospects in the top 36.
All three signees were nominated for the McDonald's All-American game, but none of them made the final cut. Chris Holtmann said one of them came close and made the final 30, but didn't make the final roster.