Following Ohio State’s first win of the 2020 football season, understandably all focus is centered around the football program — especially considering the season is one that not too long ago seemed unlikely to even take place.
However, Chris Holtmann and the basketball Buckeyes are determined to continue making progress with every new campaign. The first step in building on the recent success is recruiting. Holtmann has proven in his time at Ohio State that he is one of the nation’s top recruiters, and this pedigree has grown even more since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The work continued Monday when Holtmann and his staff visited with 2022 point guard target Avery Brown (Beacon Falls, CT/Northfield Mount Herman) as was first reported by Jake Weingarten of stockrisers.com.
Ohio State has yet to offer Brown, but one could be on the way following the virtual visit. If Holtmann and his staff do decide to offer, the Buckeyes will be throwing their name in an already crowded hat that only looks to get more crowded.
Brown has already received offers from the likes of Indiana, Nebraska, Penn State, Missouri, Kansas State, Virginia Tech and is receiving interest from Connecticut, Providence and now Ohio State.
While Brown has yet to name a leader, Big Ten foe Nebraska completed a virtual visit with Brown as well Monday, and after recently offering him, he appears to be a priority for them. Additionally, they would look to be the current leader in his recruitment.
Weingarten spoke with Brown about his recruiting interests and had the following to say about Ohio State.
“The Buckeyes have had great success with their guards and to be able to learn from those coaches and follow in the footsteps of past Ohio State guards is a great opportunity. Coach [Jake] Diebler and I have been building a relationship for months now and he knows what I bring to the table and our work ethics match each others.”
The Buckeyes have been one of the hottest teams on the recruiting front in 2020. This offseason, Holtmann and Ohio State earned some of the top transfers eligible to play in the upcoming season, and the team currently holds claim to the No. 10 class in the nation for 2021 in the 247Sports Class Rankings.
Brown would be a big addition to Ohio State’s class, as he is current listed as the No. 18 point guard in the 2022 class and the No. 103 player in the nation overall in 247Sports’ rankings.