Definitely a very interesting class. Have to assume it's done. Transfers out of the program might allow us to pursue a grad transfer big in the spring or something like that, but I'd be surprised if we add another HS player.
But yeah, we needed a big in the class, had a couple OH guys in Loveday and Hugley that are floating in and around the T100 and both of whom our staff has been keeping tabs on for a long time, and instead took a 6'7 (but long) T150-ish PF out of NY who we just recently got involved with and who we brought in for an OV before the likes of Loveday, Williams, etc.
Then, similarly, Eugene Brown III... a lot of people thought if we were taking a wing or forward in the class it would have to be a T50-type or maybe even 5-star. And we were recruiting a fair number of national prospects like that for a long time. BJ Boston, Cam'Ron Fletcher, Jaylen Johnson, Scottie Barnes, got involved strongly with Keon Johnson as soon as Jake Diebler came over. But then after Sueing joined the program most people figured we no longer needed to add a wing in the class and if we did it would really have to be a cream-of-the-crop player. And yet the staff continued to offer wings and got Eugene Brown III in on an early OV, again, and sealed the deal with him rather than wait on T45 Moses Moody, who it seemed they were very much in the running for.
I like Brown a lot. I think his injury probably has held back his game/rankings a bit, but I do think that regardless of whether we needed to add another wing in a general sense, I love that we added a long, athletic perimeter guy who can really shoot, I think that is an asset that might be needed. I think Zed is a very intriguing pick-up. Not at all a traditional center and some people are going to be troubled by that but this is kind of the new "positionless" breed of basketball, of which Holtmann is very much a subscriber, so as long as Holt is our coach you are probably going to have to get used to your prototypical, classical ideals for PGs and SGs and SFs and PFs and Cs not necessarily being fulfilled on this OSU team.
But this class is very interesting because it's not a class that OSU fans who really follow the basketball recruiting could have even imagined as recently as just a couple months ago. A couple OOS, non-T100 guys who we got in on late, who the staff suddenly decided to prioritize at the same time that they were chasing "bigger fish," and who we accepted commitments from because they visited and wanted in before most of the rest of our 2020 targets made it to our campus for Fall OVs.
2020 has a 2018 class vibe to it. Foundational, long-term guys (if they want to stick around and be that) that will precursor a 2021 class that will likely echo our 2019 class in terms of being of T15-ish quality. Wouldn't be surprised if that is something of a repeating pattern during Holtmann's tenure.