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Ohio’s top 2019 player, Alonzo Gaffney, commits to Ohio State basketball

Chris Holtmann is keeping one of the top targets in-state.

Sonny Johnson

The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team just received the biggest commitment of the young Chris Holtmann-era, as Ohio’s top-rated player Alonzo Gaffney has officially decided to stay in-state for his collegiate career.

The physically imposing 6’9 power forward is currently wrapping up his junior year at Cleveland’s Garfield Heights High School. 247 Sports has him as the 18th best player in the 2019 class, and the third-best power forward nationally.

Before choosing to stay at home with the Buckeyes, he had offers from Michigan State, North Carolina, Louisville, Georgetown, Kansas, and many others.

Gaffney is a long wing, with a fantastic ability to get to the rim and score. His size also allows him to be a lockdown defender, making him a valuable addition to the roster on both ends of the floor.

Weighing in at just 190 pounds, he has some room to bulk up, and he will want to continue working on his outside shot in order to round out his game, but this is a major addition to the OSU program.

With the recent commitment of Florida State transfer, CJ Walker, Holtmann is well on his way to remaking the Ohio State roster to fit his vision of the program.