While actual basketball is at a standstill at this point in time, that hasn't stopped several of the state's top prospects from thinking about their futures on the hardwood. In the last five days, several high-caliber players across Ohio have made commitments to mid and high-major programs. Let's take a look at where some of the state's top talent is headed.
Monday - Jordan Dartis commits to Ohio
The 2015 Newark shooting guard Dartis made a pledge to the Bobcats around noon on Monday. Dartis, a 6'3 sharp-shooter, is Ohio's first commitment in the class of 2015. Limited by a hip injury in the AAU season, Dartis would average 7.5 points per game on 47 percent shooting for All-Ohio Red in 10 games over the summer. Dartis returns to Newark after a strong junior season in which he was one of the area's leading scorers while leading the Wildcats to a share of an OCC-Ohio division title. Dartis brings leadership, scoring ability and great basketball IQ to Athens, where he will have a chance to see early playing time.
Sunday - Ahmad Wagner commits to Iowa
Dartis' teammate in the AAU season, Wagner, a 6'7 power forward from Huber Heights Wayne committed to Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes late Sunday night. Iowa's third commitment in the class of 2015, Wagner joins Nashville shooting guard Andrew Fleming and Chicago small forward Brandon Hutton in McCaffery's recruiting class. Strong and powerful, Wagner is the ultimate teammate, and is one of the more active post players in his class. Playing all 21 games for All-Ohio Red this summer, Wagner averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds on 54 percent shooting. Helping lead Wayne to a regional semifinal appearance in 2013-14, Wagner averaged 13.8 points and 10 rebounds per game, while shooting over 60 percent from the field.
Friday - Matthew Moyer commits to Syracuse
Surprising many in the Midwest with a commitment out of nowhere, the 2016 Gahanna Lincoln power forward Moyer ended a crazed recruiting process by committing to Jim Boeheim and Syracuse on Friday. The second player in Ohio's rising junior class to make a college commitment, Moyer should fit in perfectly with Syracuse's style of play, while being an important asset in Boeheim's signature zone defense. At 6'8 and growing, Moyer's 7'2 wingspan and elite-level athleticism give him a level of upside that few prospects in the region possess. As it seemed Moyer's stock was as hot as ever, the Columbus native becomes Syracuse's first commitment in the 2016 class. While Ohio State seemed to be in the lead by various recruiting analysts on 247Sports' Crystal Ball, Moyer chose the Orange over the likes of Florida, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and many others. Check out how Moyer will fit in with Syracuse in this analysis by Corey Albertson of Triple-Double Prospects.
Thursday - Jon Teske commits to Michigan
The first 2016 prospect to make a commitment in Ohio, the 6'11 Medina center Teske becomes a major piece in Michigan's rising junior class. Long with great upside, Teske is one of the best rim-protectors in the Midwest, and regarded by many as Ohio's top center in the 2016 class. Performing at a high level this summer on the AAU circuit with Team Work, Teske would land offers from Ohio State and Michigan, as college coaches were intrigued with the center's ability to back down and face up in the post, while also being a capable passer on the block. Teske is Michigan's first commitment in the class of 2016, and may not be the last from Ohio to head north, as John Beilein has made Columbus Northland small forward Seth Towns a high priority. Joining a program that has developed great offensive talent, look for Teske to be the next Ohio prospect to stick in Ann Arbor, joining the likes of Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke and current Wolverines shooting guard Caris LeVert.
Stay tuned to Land-Grant Holy Land in the coming days as more commitments across Ohio are expected to come.