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Ohio State makes cut for 4-star small forward

The Buckeyes are still in the mix for one of the top wings in the 2018 class.

Talen Horton-Tucker
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After locking in verbal pledges from Jaedon LeDee, Duane Washington Jr., Luther Muhammad, and Justin Ahrens recently, the future of the Ohio State basketball program is looking brighter and brighter.

Given all the hype surrounding the new-look Buckeyes, many other standout prospects are paying attention to what’s going on in Columbus.

With at least one or two spots in the class open to fill, Chris Holtmann and crew are still in the mix for one of most sought-after wings in the class of 2018.

Cutting his top college list from 13 down to seven programs, four-star small forward Talen Horton-Tucker of Simeon High School in Chicago announced on Saturday that he is now considering suiting up for either Ohio State, Iowa State, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Saint Louis, or Xavier on the college level.

Though the Buckeyes have played host to a long list of recruits over the last few weeks, Talen wasn’t one of them. Still yet to officially visit the Ohio State campus, Horton-Tucker did make the trek from the Windy City to mingle with Holtmann and the Buckeye coaching staff in June.

A leader on the court for Simeon, the 6'5 Horton-Tucker averaged 12 points, six rebounds and three assists per game last season to help the Wolverines to a near state championship title as a junior. He is currently considered the 28th small forward and 108th overall prospect in the class of 2018, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Buckeyes looking at 2020 guard

While trying to finish the 2018 class off strong, the Buckeyes are definitely still finding time to show interest in many underclassmen.

According to Corey Evans of Rivals, Ohio State checked in on 2020 point guard Ethan Morton on Friday.

Even though Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State coaching staff haven’t offered the 6’1 lead guard a chance to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray, a number of other college programs have entered the race for the four-star prospect.

Morton, a native of Butler, PA, currently holds scholarship offers from the likes of Penn State, West Virginia, UAB, Miami (OH), and Cleveland State.