Thad Matta's built quite the foundation for the 2014 team with an outstanding class. After one visit in the middle of August, it looks like he's beginning to lay the groundwork for 2015 as well.
Dayton Dunbar product (the same high school that produced Daequan Cook) point guard AJ Harris announced after visiting Ohio State's Central Ohio campus earlier in the day that he has committed to the basketball Buckeyes. On the AAU circuit, Harris plays for the King James Shooting Stars, which also includes 2015 5-star Franklin, OH native Luke Kennard. Kennard has offers from essentially all of the top basketball powers nationally. While John Calipari and Kentucky are considered his front runners at the moment, adding a friend and teammate in Harris can't hurt the Bucks' chances.
Harris checks in at 5-9 and 160 pounds and had interest from many of the Big Ten's upper echelon (Indiana, Michigan, and Purdue amongst them). The only other known offer beyond the Buckeyes' that they extended today (he tweeted prior to the trip that he was hoping to get one) was from the hometown University of Dayton.
Though there's still tons of time between now and when the faxes become official for the 2015 class, many consider Harris one of the state of Ohio's best for that class. Scout ranks Harris as a 3-star while ESPN grades him as a 4-star with an 80 overall grade. With Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott set to be alums by that point in time, Harris, should he continue to improve as expected, could step into a situation where he has a chance to see playing time early as a Buckeye.
Following in the footsteps of his basketball brethren, Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals took to Twitter to covertly acknowledge the addition to the 2015 team:
💣 Boom!! Goes the Dynamite!! #Buckeyes— Jeff Boals (@JeffBoals) August 13, 2013
Check out the newest future member of the basketball Bucks in action below: