Brown to see Bucks
Last weekend Ohio State basketball Head Coach Thad Matta was the beneficiary of two in-state commitments when the Buckeyes reeled in verbal pledges from both 2018 small forwards Justin Ahrens (Versailles, OH / Versailles) and Darius Bazley (Cincinnati, OH / Finneytown Secondary Campus). This weekend, the goal will be the same even if the scenario is a bit different.
According to Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch, the Buckeyes will receive an official visit from one of this year’s top prospects in the entire country. Class of 2017 SF Troy Brown of Centennial High School (NV) will be on campus to check out what Ohio State has to offer.
Brown, a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder, is currently graded out as the 13th best player in the 2017 recruiting class. The Las Vegas native also sits at No. 3 amongst all small forwards and is unsurprisingly ranked as the top player from his state.
If the Buckeyes were able to snag Brown out of Nevada and pair him with 2017 center Kaleb Wesson, it would give Ohio State the 11th best basketball class for the year. Also, the Buckeyes would be just .01 away from Louisville and a top 10 recruiting class for 2017. Furthermore, if Matta and the rest of the coaching staff can bring Brown to Columbus, it would be there highest rated pickup since since 2014 when D'Angelo Russell signed with the Scarlet and Gray.
Swift to UGA
I know what you are thinking: Why does 2017 running back D'Andre Swift committing to Georgia have anything to do with Ohio State?
Well, simply because the Buckeyes are in major pursuit of '17 RB Cam Akers out of Clinton (MS), much like the Bulldogs. In fact, the 5-foot-11, 213-pounder even included Georgia in his top 10 group back in May.
Does the pickup of Swift pickup eliminate UGA from contention with the five-star RB? We will have to wait and see. It is worth remembering that Ohio State already has '17 RB J.K. Dobbins in their class, and that hasn't halted the interest that Akers has in the Buckeyes.
Also, while the Bulldogs were in the top 10 for the Mississippi back, they are not the school that Head Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State should be worried about at this point. The Seminoles of Florida State have seemingly made a major move for Akers and have received a couple predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for the nation’s No. 2 ranked running back.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Buckeyes can overcome the momentum that FSU has brought as of late – especially considering the fact that Akers visited with the Noles at the tail end of July.
On Thursday at 12 a.m., collegiate coaches were able to begin communicating with prospects in the 2018 class. No surprise, Ohio State coaches were up and talking in hopes to build better relationships with some talented players. Here is a list of some who were contacted by the Buckeyes staff on Thursday:
- Jackson Carman
- Anthony Cook
- Patrick Surtain Jr.
- Xavier Thomas
- Taron Vincent
- Xavier Williams