It’s been a busy week to say the least for Chris Holtmann and his staff on the recruiting trail. After nearly a month with no real recruiting news after Torrence Watson’s decommitment, the Buckeyes have been absolutely on fire this week. The big week kicked off on Tuesday, when Houston forward Jaedon Ledee committed to the Buckeyes over Texas A&M and UCLA.
Ohio State kept the momentum going on Wednesday, as California combo guard Duane Washington announced his intention to attend Ohio State, snubbing UCLA and Michigan, among others. Today, just moments ago, the Buckeyes landed their biggest 2018 commit yet, when top 50 shooting guard Luther Muhammad picked Ohio State after months of recruitment.
Muhammad visited campus on September 9th, and on the 18th, head coach Chris Holtmann was in Jersey City to visit the star guard at home. Those two visits were enough to convince Muhammad that Columbus was the place for him, as he announced his commitment to the Buckeyes. Ohio State edged out St. John’s and Xavier, among many others for Muhammad’s pledge. Here’s what he brings to Columbus.
ON THE COURT
Just like we saw with Ledee and Washington, Muhammad’s greatest asset is his ability to score. He’s the best pure scorer of the bunch, and the only one with a truly defined position: he’s a shooting guard, through and through. Capable of beating defenses in a bevy of ways, Muhammad is at his best off of the pass, either as a sharp shooter or slasher, and has one of the best shooting strokes of any recruit in the nation.
His mixture of athleticism and high-level shooting talent make Muhammad a very viable offensive threat, but he’s also very active defensively. He averaged two steals per game as a junior last season, and has the size to guard anyone the rigorous Big Ten schedule throws at him.
Muhammad’s ceiling is sky-high. Ohio State has put a coaching staff in place that excels at developing players, and while he’s likely not a one-and-done type, Luther Muhammad could be an all-Big Ten player if he develops correctly. He’s the best pure scorer Ohio State has landed since D’Angelo Russell.
IN THE CLASS
Muhammad is the third member of Ohio State’s 2018 class, along with the aforementioned Washington and Ledee. The class, which will likely hold five commits, is still without a true point guard or wing slasher, so the next step for the Buckeyes is filling those spots. Guards Eric Ayala, Elijah Weaver, and former wing commit Justin Ahrens are all names to watch, and Ahrens will be on campus this weekend for an official visit.
Muhammad’s commitment bumps Ohio State up to 13th in the country from 34th, just ahead of Louisville. The Buckeye’s now sit at sixth in the Big Ten. As Ohio State continues to pick up big time commits, it’s not so slowly becoming more and more likely that Ohio State reels in a Top-10 class for the first time since 2015.