After four decommitments in the last few months following Thad Matta’s departure, Ohio State has once again picked up a 2018 commitment, this time from Houston wing Jaedon LeDee. Thanks to those aforementioned decommitments from Justin Ahrens, Dane Goodwin, Torrence Watson and Darius Bazley, LeDee is the only commit in the class as of the writing of this article.
LeDee’s name first started to pop up just a few weeks ago, as he was in Columbus on September 9th for an official visit. He took a visit to Texas A&M, the previous presumed favorite in his recruitment just six days later. After that visit, LeDee announced that he would be taking no more visits, and would be committing just a few days after his visit to College Station.
Surprisingly, last night, LeDee started trending away from the Aggies, and towards Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes. As it turns out, where there was smoke, there was definetly fire, as LeDee committed to the Buckeyes over A&M, LSU, Houston, and UCLA among many others.
Jaedon is unlike any current Buckeye player in terms of skill set and play style. Lets take a look at what makes him such an intruiging prospect.
ON THE COURT
LeDee, after adding roughly 60 pounds onto his frame over past few years to get up to 230, brings a much needed skill set to Columbus. He’s a pure scorer, both as a shooter and a slasher, as well as a physical and tenacious rebounder. At 6-foot-7, 230, he’s very similar in size to former Michigan State star and NBA All-Star Draymond Green, though LeDee is far more athletic, and dangerous with the ball than Green was in East Lansing.
LeDee’s play style is fairly similar, however, to former Buckeye David Lighty. They’re both athletic, long wings that can attack the hoop, pass, rebound, and really just do it all. LeDee’s defense is serviceable, and he has a knack for swatting shots, so he’ll be a welcome addition to the team, likely at power forward.
He may take a little while to get up to speed at the next level, but from his smooth jumper to willingness to drive or pass, LeDee should be a huge part of Ohio State’s team in a few years.
IN THE CLASS
While LeDee is currently the only commit in Ohio State’s 2018 class, likely won’t be for long, though he may be the only at his position. Guards Elijah Weaver and Luther Muhammad are both expected to announce soon, and could join LeDee, making one of the top 2018 classes.
Former commit Justin Ahrens may rejoin the class as well, but as of right now, a class with LeDee, Weaver, and Muhammad should be very exciting for Buckeye fans.