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Ohio State makes cut for five-star center Chet Holmgren

The No. 3 player in the 2021 class included the Buckeyes alongside Minnesota, Michigan, and four others.

Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Buckeye basketball news has been tough to come by lately, but Friday night was the start to an especially sweet weekend for Chris Holtmann and Co., as five-star center Chet Holmgren included Ohio State in his final seven schools. The announcement, sent out on Twitter, included the Buckeyes alongside rival Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Memphis. Holmgren’s father, Dave, played for Minnesota in the 1980’s. Purdue and Texas were also thought to be in the mix, but were not included.

Holmgren, who stands 7 feet tall and weights 190 pounds, is the top-ranked post player in the 2021 recruiting class, the top player in Minnesota, and the third-ranked player in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota native has been offered scholarships from 29 schools representing all five power conferences, including an offer from Ohio State in June of 2019. He took an official visit to Columbus on September 21, 2019, taking in the Ohio State vs Miami (OH) football game in the shoe.

Holmgren is considered one of the most unique prospects of the past decade, as he already possesses an above average outside shot in addition to elite shot blocking and rebounding ability. Obviously, he will get a bit bigger in order to hang tough with college post players, but 247Sports projects his ceiling as a potential NBA lottery pick.

Ohio State currently has the seventh-ranked recruiting class in 2021, with commitments from four-star guard Meechie Johnson and four-star wing Kalen Etzler. With Kyle Young entering his final season and Kaleb Wesson having left for the NBA, there will be an obvious need for post players, and Holmgren would be the biggest BOOM for Holtmann during his Ohio State tenure if he’s able to lock it down.