The Ohio State basketball team received the commitment of power forward Payton Dastrup tonight. Dastrup, a 6-9 220 pound Mesa, Arizona native picked the Buckeyes over opportunities at BYU, Virginia and Florida. Thad Matta and staff offered Payton during the summer after having him on their radar for months. In October the Mission View High Senior made his way up north to officially visit the Ohio State campus and to see if it was the right place to continue not just his basketball career but also continue his days as a student. The four star prospect is now the fifth member of the Buckeyes 2014 recruiting class. Joining Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate, Dave Bell and D'Angelo Russell.
Before Payton hits the hardwood in Columbus, it has been reported many times that he will take a two year Mormon mission trip after completing high school. With this being the case, even though he is a member of the 2014 recruiting class, Dastrup likely won't suit up for the Bucks officially until 2016.
Dastrup, the 95th overall player and 19th power forward in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, isn't afraid to go up against the most dominating big men or step outside and show off his smooth jump shot, as he has shown time after time on both the Prep and AAU level. As a junior for Mission View, he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, two block shots a game and was named Mesa All-District Player of the Year.
Get a taste of what Payton Dastrup will bring the Buckeyes with these highlights of him brought to you by our friends over at Iowa Elites.
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