Chris Holtmann and Ohio State are looking to close out the 2019 recruiting cycle strong.
The Buckeyes currently have commitments from 4-stars D.J. Carton (point guard that's ranked 28th nationally), Alonzo Gaffney (small forward, 42nd nationally) and EJ Liddell (power forward, 45th nationally).
That group ranks 12th nationally and No. 1 among Big Ten teams, according to 247Sports, but the Buckeyes have one more scholarship remaining for next year's team.
With one spot open, Holtmann and the Buckeyes have a lot of options. William & Mary guard and graduate transfer Justin Pierce appears to be a possibility for the Ohio State coaching staff.
Pierce announced on Friday he intends to transfer from William & Mary for his final year of eligibility.
— Justin Pierce (@JustinPierce23) March 15, 2019
Pierce averaged 14.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Tribe during the 2018-19 season, displaying an all-around skillset that highlighted an ability to both share and score the ball.
According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Pierce has been contacted by Ohio State and a host of other schools.
Since I tweeted this out two hours ago, Justin Pierce has heard from AZ, ND, Ohio St., NW, Illinois, BC, Stanford, USC, Michigan, Wisconsin., Butler, Gonzaga, Ga Tech, DePaul, Nevada and Ole Miss.
Safe to say hell be a highly sought-after grad transfer. https://t.co/HoqaYWmGGU
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 16, 2019
Ohio State has a lot of options for the final scholarship in its 2019 recruiting class, highlighted by center Ibrahima Diallo, but Pierce is clearly an option Holtmann and the Buckeyes' coaching staff is open to.