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2018 SF Darius Bazley decommits from Ohio State

The Buckeyes lose their top ranked commitment.

The hits keep on coming for Ohio State basketball, as a major piece of a promising 2018 class has decided to open up his recruitment again.

2018 SF Darius Bazley, the top ranked prospect in Ohio, and decommitted from Ohio State, per his Twitter account:

Bazley originally committed to Ohio State in August of 2016, when he picked the Buckeyes on the same day as fellow Buckeye state prospect, Justin Ahrens.

While Bazley indicated he’s still willing to consider Ohio State, it’s hard not to read this as a major blow for the Buckeyes. Bazley, currently ranked as the 53rd best player in the class of 2018, was the centerpiece of an Ohio-centric recruiting class that also features four-star guard Dane Goodwin, and Ahrens, a high three-star. With so many players leaving Ohio State after the 2017-2018 season, reloading on high end talent, especially on the wing, is a priority for the Buckeyes.

The 6’7 Bazley currently has offers from Xavier, Purdue and Cincinnati, but expect many more schools to get involved now that his recruitment has opened up.