The basketball Buckeyes have set a good foundation for the 2015 recruiting class by getting commitments from point guard AJ Harris and forward Mickey Mitchell. The two of them are very explosive players and can do some pretty amazing things, but the Buckeyes are still looking to land a big man for the class. With the Buckeyes already offering big men Stephen Zimmerman and Carlton Bragg, coach Thad Matta reached out yesterday to composite five star Cheick Diallo, a native of Africa, to offer the young man a scholarship. As mentioned, Diallo is a 247Composite five star and ranked the second best at his position. To go along with Diallo's newest offer from Ohio State, the big man has already racked up twenty plus offers including the likes of UConn, Kansas, Louisville and Syracuse.
New offer for Cheick Diallo. This latest one coming from Ohio State— Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) August 28, 2013
While Diallo's recruiting was going strong with his play during his sophomore season, it really took off with his play during the summer circuit. Cheick was named the MVP of the NBPA Top 100 Camp which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia this past June. Playing against some of the best recruits in the nation, Diallo averaged 11 points and 7.8 rebounds while leading his team to the tournament championship. Below are his highlights from the NBPA Top 100 Camp:
LGHL's own Zach Fleer has seen Cheick play in person and had this to say:
At 6-9, Diallo is an excellent athlete, and is a prime time finisher in transition in addition to being solid around the basket. He is one of the most, if not the most, consistent players in the 2015 class. In two games at the Big Stick Classic, Diallo put up back-to-back double-doubles, being the only player to do so. Diallo will make an instant impact when he hits the collegiate hardwood, and has a game built for big time NBA success. I firmly believe he is only scratching the surface of his potential, and even he knows it. Diallo already is unstoppable, and quite frankly, it is scary to imagine just how good he can become.
Also in the 2015 class, composite four star Noah Dickerson will be in Columbus next weekend and will also visit Xavier.
2015 big man Noah Dickerson will be visiting Ohio State and Xavier next weekend.— Dan McDonald (@DMcDonaldHoops) August 29, 2013
The Buckeyes have yet to offer the power forward out of Atlanta, Georgia, but an offer could be coming soon. Even if Ohio State does enter the fray for his services, they'll certainly have their work cut out for them. Dickerson has 15 plus offers already and some believe is a Georgetown lean. LGHL's Zach Fleer had this to add: "Dickerson is an imposing force in the paint. He has a wide body and is a potent rebounder." Fleer went on to compare Dickerson game to a certain 2014 Buckeye recruit; "Like 2014 Ohio State target Elbert Robinson, Dickerson hardly loses a rebound, and is smooth around the basket on the offensive end."
Dickerson talked with LGHL's Charles Doss about his up coming visit to Ohio State:
"I am visiting next weekend. I speak with Coach Matta and Coach Dickerson. They say I would be a perfect Power Forward for them. They love that I can play inside and I have a bit of an outside game. I'm excited just to be on the campus. I heard its amazing!"
Below are some of Dickerson's highlights:
Lets switch things up and look at what is going on in the world of Buckeye football. Coach Urban Meyer and the Bucks open up the 2013 season in just two days against Buffalo, but that doesn't mean the recruiting is going to slow down anytime soon. 247Sports composite four star Noah Brown's decision date is rapidly approaching, and it seems to be down to Rutgers and the Buckeyes. Brown has stated that he will announce his college decision before his high school team's first game on September 12th. While his latest Crystal Ball predictions are for Rutgers, the Buckeyes still have 57% of the total projections.
- 2016 recruit Seth Towns from Columbus, Ohio will be visiting Michigan this weekend.
- College football is back. TONIGHT! And we're just two days from Ohio State football.