Although Christmas day has already passed, Ohio State women’s basketball received a late present on Friday. A gift that’s worth the wait. Guard Jaloni Cambridge, the No. 1 ranked point guard, and No. 3 ranked prospect overall, according to ESPN, committed to begin her college career with the Buckeyes.
Included in the pool of available teams were some of NCAA basketball’s heavy hitters. Cambridge chose the Buckeyes over LSU, the reigning national champions and former championship winners in the South Carolina Gamecocks. Also on the list of final schools were Georgia, Florida, Louisville and Baylor.
Ohio State adds a point guard who possesses all the abilities to excel at the college level, and quickly. Cambridge can shoot from deep, attack the basket and find open teammates. The 5-foot-5 guard is fast and already has the skills to use it to her advantage: Finding open spots for jumpers or moving around defenders.
Cambridge is a five-star recruit who finished her high school basketball career at Montverde Academy, in Montverde Florida, after playing three years in her home state of Tennessee.
At The Ensworth School, in Nashville, Tennessee, Cambridge won MaxPreps 2022 Sophomore of the Year award. Plus, the guard was one of the 10 finalists for Gatorade’s 2022 National Player of the Year.
The guard joins an Ohio State team where she can start right away. At the end of the current 23-24 season, starting guards Jacy Sheldon and Celeste Taylor both run out of NCAA eligibility, and have sights set on the WNBA. That leaves a guard group led by redshirt seniors Madison Greene and Rikki Harris, who could opt to not return for a fifth NCAA season.
Regardless of the status of Greene and Harris, Cambridge isn’t a player who will need time on the bench. See for yourself in the highlights below. Cambridge wears No. 22 for Montverde (purple jerseys):
Cambridge isn’t going to need a lot of time to make the Buckeyes a family either, because the guard already has a sister on the roster. Guard Kennedy Cambridge, who transferred in the offseason from the University of Kentucky, will be with Jaloni for the ride.
Kennedy Cambridge has yet to play for Ohio State this season, due to injury, but has shared how much the team’s felt like family, something that Jaloni’s cited as a quality she looked for in a program.
The addition of Cambridge brings the Buckeyes’ 2024 class commit count to five. Already committing and signing with Ohio State are guards Ava Watson and Seini Hicks. In the paint, head coach Kevin McGuff added forward Ella Hobbs and Elisa Lemmilä.
Assuming there are no transfers in the offseason for Ohio State starters, they’ll join a team anchored by forwards Cotie McMahon and Taylor Thierry. McMahon will be in her third season at the start of the 24-25 season, and Thierry in her senior campaign.