On Monday, just after 12 noon ET, Eugene Brown III announced that he would be playing his collegiate basketball for Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The 2020 shooting guard from Decatur, Ga. is a four-star prospect and the sixth-rated player in the state. He is also slotted in as the 26th player nationally and 112th overall by 247Sports Composite rankings.
Brown is 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, and plays his high school ball at Southwest DeKalb. He is considered a quality shooter and a tough defender, and should provide the Buckeyes with a tall wing able to compete on both sides of the floor.
In addition to the Buckeyes, Brown also had offers from more than a dozen schools including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Butler, and Texas A&M. Brown visited Ohio State over the weekend, and even though he had officials slated for A&M, Louisville, and both of the in-state programs, he decided to commit to the Buckeyes. It is not known if he will still take those official visits, but as of Monday, he is committed to OSU.
Brown’s pledge to play for Ohio State makes him the first — and, by default, only — player in the 2020 class for Holtmann’s squad. Their 2019 class was ranked first in the Big Ten, and the 2021 group is currently rated as No. 1 nationally, but, because of a lack of scholarship availability, things have been slower on the 2020 front.
Whether Holtmann adds anyone else in this cycle or not, welcome to Buckeye Nation, Eugene!