On Sunday, the Ohio State Buckeyes picked up their second recruit in the 2020 men’s basketball class as 6-foot-7 power forward Zed Key pledged to play his college ball for Chris Holtmann’s squad. The Glen Head, NY senior made the pick official in a ceremony at his high school, Long Island Lutheran.
A high three-star prospect, Key is rated as the fifth-best player to come out of New York in the current recruiting cycle, and is the 158th rated player nationally, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
In addition to the Buckeyes, Key also held offers from Florida, Wisconsin, Providence, Boston College, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Pitt, Penn State, Illinois, and 19 other schools. Key visited Ohio State earlier this month, when the football team took on Cincinnati.
Key joins Decatur, Ga’s four-star guard Eugene Brown III (112th nationally according to 247) in the Buckeyes’ class. The commitment moves the Buckeyes up to sixth in the Big Ten, and puts them at 14 scholarship players for the 2020-21 season, which is one more than is allowed. Obviously there is always the opportunity for roster attrition via the NBA or transfers, but this will likely cap off the Buckeyes’ recruiting for this cycle.
The Buckeyes 2019 class was rated as No. 1 in the Big Ten, and their 2021 class is currently tops nationally.
Check out Key’s highlights:
Mixtape by @pthoops_ @NYJayhawks@LuHiBasketball @TlrWorldWidellc @KeyPlayerNation @daves_joint @tobias31 @dsportymouth @RealChadRicardo @HSBasketballBR @HoopReview @PrepHoops @UnderRecruited @hoopshype @PantherNasty @SportsRushN12 @Quickest_Rts #CityIsMine #Basketball #NYC pic.twitter.com/ioT60jCTxo— Zed Key (@ZedBasketball14) September 12, 2018