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Ohio State basketball’s key 2022 prospects

Plus, new scholarship offers went out on both the hardwood and the gridiron

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it, Ohio State had a BOOMing start to their Wednesday morning when an Australia-native punter, Jesse Mirco, committed for the 2021 season.

You can read all about Mirco’s story here and the impact his commitment has for Ohio State here.

Other than that, it was quite an uneventful day in the recruiting world. Although, behind the scenes, I assure you Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann, and all the other recruiting gurus are making about 100 phone calls, FaceTimes, emails, texts etc. a day to their respective prospects. So it’s really just “uneventful” in the land of Ohio State media.

Nonetheless, there’s always something to discuss when it comes to recruiting, and today’s State Secrets features some analyses/updates from both the Ohio State football and basketball teams.

Key 2022 targets for Holtmann & Co.

Piggybacking off of yesterday’s State Secrets, in which Gene wrote about Ohio State basketball’s most recent offer to 2022 small forward Josiah Harris, Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts listed all the key prospects who have been offered by Chris Holtmann and his recruiting staff, or who has connected in some way to the Buckeyes for the 2022 class.

“Going into the 2020-21 season, OSU will have as many as six juniors on scholarship,” Kurelic wrote. “It seems likely Holtmann’s 2022 recruiting class could number as many as four or five players. That group can’t sign, however, until the early signing period in November 2021. OSU and Holtmann have already offered a handful of players in that class.”

The one offer that stands out the most is five-star guard Chris Livingston, Hudson (Ohio) Warren Reserve Academy. Livingston is currently the No. 1 shooting guard and the No. 3 overall prospect in the country, according to 247Sports. He helped Team USA 16-U team win a gold medal at the FIBA championships last summer, earned first-team All-Ohio honors in Division II as a freshman due to his 24.3 points per game average, and averaged 32.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as a sophomore.

Livingston was offered by Ohio State before his freshman year and currently holds offers from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Akron, as well.

However, because of the NBA-sponsored G-League’s new yearlong developmental program for high school graduates, which pays athletes as much as $500,000 to attend, its possible that Livingston and other top prospects will go that route instead of attending college.

If he does choose the collegiate route, he will more than likely be a “one-and-done” player, which Holtmann said is only worth recruiting if its “the right fit.”

“I think for us it has to be the right fit for our program and the right fit for how we do things,” Holtmann said during a conference call. “I certainly would not say no to a situation. But I would want to make sure it’s the right fit. Coaches know these things typically way before the public does. There is usually some type of contingency plan in place.”

You can check out all the other potential Ohio State 2022 prospects here.

Zoning in on a 2022 four-star athlete

Towards the end of April the Buckeyes offered a scholarship to Leawood (Kan.) Blue Valley class of 2022 four-star athlete Dasan McCullough. Standing at 6-foot-4 and 210-pound, McCullough is listed as an athlete, but was offered by Ohio State as an “outside linebacker hybrid,” McCullough told Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.

According to Kurelic, McCullough’s interest with the Buckeyes is “strong” due to the relationship he has developed with Ryan Day.

McCullough — the country’s No. 73 overall 2022 prospect, the No. 8 athlete and the No. 1 prospect in Kansas—has a list of 40 scholarship offers that includes LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan, USC and more.

He told Kurelic that he will base his decision off who he develops the best relationship with, and that Day “was really cool, down to earth and family based.”

Two new offers

Ohio State sent out a pair of new scholarship offers on Wednesday, with one on the football side of things and the other being basketball. The first was Caden Curry, the No. 4 DT in the 2022 class.

Hailing out of Greenwood, IN, the 6-foot-5 Curry is the No. 1 player out of Indiana and the No. 134 player nationally in the class. He now holds nine total offers, including the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa and Purdue.

The other offer was for Chris Holtmann’s squad, with small forward Ty Rodgers earning the distinction. Rodgers currently ranks as the No. 16 SF in the nation, and the No. 56 player in the country overall in 2022.

A Michigan native, Rodgers attends Grandy Blanc Community. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound prospect is still early on in his recruiting process, and only holds four offers outside of Ohio State — those being Houston, Marquette and Rhode Island.

Quick Hits

In mid-April, Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison offered a scholarship to Fond Du Lac (Wis.) St. Mary’s Springs 2022 offensive lineman and defensive tackle Billy Schrauth.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ryan Day, Greg Studrawa, Greg Mattison, Mick Marotti, and other Ohio State coaches and staff members gave Schrauth and his parents a virtual tour of Ohio State via Zoom.

“The way they set up your future really stood out to me and my family,” Schrauth told Bucknuts. “Not only do they prepare you for Saturday’s, but they prepare you for your life beyond football and that’s a big thing for me.”

Schrauth, who was offered by Ohio State to play guard, has eight scholarship offers, including Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame.