While taking it easy with family and friends over the weekend you might’ve missed out on some of the latest recruiting news surrounding your Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help get you caught back up with things.
Future Buckeye ballers shine
E.J. Liddell, Justice Suing, Justin Ahrens, and the rest of Chris Holtmann’s Ohio State basketball squad put a beating on the Spartans of Michigan State on Sunday, but they weren’t the only hoopers with ties to the Buckeyes to shine on the court over the weekend.
Putting together decent numbers for their high school programs, Holtmann’s group of 2022 verbal commits showed why they’re considered the top overall recruiting class in the country.
Four-star SG Roddy Gayle Jr.
Town: Youngstown, NY/Wasatch Academy (UT)
Size: 6-foot-4, 195 pounds
Friday Stats: In a tough 85-69 loss to Sunrise Christian (KS), Gayle was one of the shining stars for Wasatch. Coming up big at moments, he finished the game with 21 points, two rebounds, and two steals.
Saturday Stats: Although Wasatch fell again on Saturday to the hands of La Lumiere (IN) by a final score of 67-65, Gayle Jr. once again found his name in a number of categories on the stat sheet, accounting for 11 points, five steals, four rebounds, and three assists in the hard fought loss.
Four-star PG Bruce Thornton
Town: Milton, GA/Milton
Size: 6-foot-2, 195 pounds
Friday Stats: Rolling past Woodstock (GA), 74-49, Thornton didn’t have to take over the game for Milton (GA) to pick up the runaway victory. In what was an easy night for Milton, Thornton finished the contest with 13 points and five assists.
Saturday Stats: Picking up a 90-77 win over Wheeler (GA), Thornton balled out. Showing what his all around game consists of against one of the top programs in the area, the junior went off for 29 points and eight assists in the Eagles victory.
Class of 2022 6’2 Bruce Thornton is a NEXT LEVEL player. @Bruce2T_ is always under control, scores in pivotal moments, extraordinary skill package, creates for his teammates & a knock down shooter. He had 29 points & 8 assists in a win. @TheSkillFactory @milton_hoops @__CoachRob— Stellar Hoops (@StellarHoops) February 1, 2021
Three-star SG Bowen Hardman
Town: Cincinnati, OH/Princeton
Size: 6-foot-3, 160 pounds
Friday Stats: Making easy work out of Oak Hills on Friday, 56-38, Hardman knocked down four out of his seven attempts, which included hitting three from downtown, to finish with 11 points.
Saturday Stats: Once again showing why he’s considered one of the top overall shooters in the class of 2022, Bowen came up big in Princeton’s win over Lakota West. Scoring 20 points in the Vikings, 64-48, he was named Princeton’s Primetime Performer for the night.