|Felix Okpara Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri|
Felix Okpara, who was a sophomore in the fall of 2019, is 6-foot-11 attending Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri. He’s ranked No. 55 overall in the 2022 class by ESPN Recruiting Nation and other recruiting services. The 210-pound Okpara, who is rated the No. 11 post player in the 2022 class by Rivals, has picked Ohio State over offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Florida. A very good recruit for Chris Holtman and Ohio State that is in need of players at the center position.
Committing to Ohio State
Okpara is a four-star prospect and the No. 11 center in the nation for the Class of 2022. He visited Ohio State over the weekend of June 15th and committed to the Buckeyes on Sunday, his second official visit. The 6-foot-11 Okpara played well for Team Tennessee at the Under Armour Invitational and Peach Jam and is an athletic, raw post player who will be well suited for the Buckeyes’ style under coach Chris Holtmann.
"As soon as I stepped on campus, I fell in love with it," Okpara told reporters. "Throughout the whole visit, I was thinking how it would feel to be a Buckeye." Okpara is a physical presence inside, as he shows a willingness to bang in the paint and has good footwork for a player his size. He can score off put backs and tip ins around the basket, but also has a soft touch from 15 to 17 feet.
The Ohio State 2022 Class
Okpara is among a handful of national top 100 forwards and centers Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and his staff have been tracking this summer to add to their 2022 recruiting class. The others are Florida power forward Jarace Walker, ranked 13th, Illinois forward AJ Casey, ranked 68th, North Dakota center Joe Hurlburt, ranked 123rd, and Arizona center Shawn Phillips, ranked 147th and committed to NC State.
That class now numbers four verbal commitments. The others are Georgia point guard Bruce Thornton (ranked 42nd nationally), New York shooting guard Roddy Gayle (ranked 51st) and Ohio shooting guard Bowen Hardman (ranked 275th).
Okpara plays at Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri. Link Year is the same program that produced Mason Jones (76ers), Deandre Jones (University of Central Arkansas) and Angelo Allergi (Eastern Washington University). Okpara plays for the EAB Tennessee AAU program, which is captained by Reed Kemp who was a part of Missouri Western's 2021 class.
Okpara School Visits
Earlier this summer, I wrote an article about Felix Okpara, the No. 4 player in the state. If you haven’t read it already, you can find it on the site. Well, since then, Okpara has taken official visits to Ohio State (June 15) and Ole Miss (June 27). In recent weeks, Florida and Georgia have come in to try and persuade him to make visits.
|9/27/2021 10:34:27 PM|
|Malaki Branham Ohio State 2021 Shooting Guard|
Ohio State got the shooting guard they wanted from the State of Ohio this past week. Malaki Branham is considered the 5th best shooting guard in the country and the number one overall player in Ohio for 2021. He selected Ohio State over Alabama, Xavier and Louisville.
Malaki Branham visits
He visited Columbus a number of times in addition to taking a look at Xavier and Louisville. But Chris Holtmann and staff pursued him well, keeping in contact constantly.
Branham was high on Holtmann’s wish list for this upcoming OSU class. He joins point guard Meechie Johnson and Kalen Etzler in the 2021 class. Ohio State’s class jumped to number two in the national rank after Branham committed.
Branham Crystal Ball Predictions
From Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's, the same school as Lebron James. He was predicted to pick Ohio State but almost every basketball analyst. Assistant Coach Ryan Pedon recruited him for the Buckeyes.
|7/23/2020 8:41:04 PM|
|Bowen Hardman 2022 Ohio State Basketball Recruit|
Bowen Hardman committed to Ohio State for the 2022 basketball class last week in what became the first commit of the class. Hardman is a 6’5” guard from Cincinnati Princeton. He also had offers from Ohio, Xavier and Cincinnati. He played varsity as a freshman and averaged 12.1 point a game in his second high school season. He always felt Ohio State would be a good fit and is already proud of his college selection.
The Cincinnati guard had break-out games against Winton Woods and Lakota West were he went for 20 points and 21 points respectively. He has two years more of high school hoops to play but is already considered a three star prospect.
In AAU, Hardman plays for All-Ohio Red and was recruited by Jake Diebler for Ohio State and Sean Dwyer for Cincinnati.
State of Ohio 2022 Class
Hardman is one of four in the Ohio class of 2022 to currently have scholarship offers. The Ohio class overall is viewed as very strong. He has taken a number of visits to Columbus including one in August and September. And then a final one in October when he received his offer to play for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State Basketball Classes
With only two commits in the 2021 class, Kalen Etzler and Meechie Johnson, the Buckeyes look to have a class of 4 recruits for 2022 when the class is finished. Chris Holtmann is still looking to add St Vincent-St Mary shooting guard Malaki Branham to the OSU 2021 class. Richmond Heights Cleveland small forward Josiah Harris is a recruit to watch out for committing to Ohio State for 2022.
Bowen Hardman Ultimate Highlights // 2022 Ohio State SG Commit // Princeton Cincinnati, OH
|6/1/2020 9:52:29 PM|
|Ohio State Point Guard Abel Porter 2020|
Coming in as the oldest player on Ohio State’s basketball team, Utah transfer point guard Abel Porter will be out of high school for 6 years. Porter is 6’3” 200 point guard with one year of eligibility. He made his decision known on Twitter on Saturday.
Porter played on the Aggies’ hoops team for 4 years with a red-shirt freshman season. The team won the Mountain West Conference this past shortened year. From Farmington Utah, Porter spent two years on mission in Russia before joining Utah State as a walk-on.
Porter averaged 4.3 points a game, 1.9 boards and 2.4 assists during his time at Utah State. He had an outstanding junior season starting all games and leading the team in points per game. He had interest from Gonzaga, Ohio State, Stanford, Hawaii and Santa Clara.
Abel Porter Commitment
Joining many in the 2020 transfer portal, Ohio State was looking for a CJ Walker and Duane Washington Jr backup that could play immediately and found Porter as a very good option.
Porter is married and his wife is graduating from Utah State this Spring making it an easy move to relocate to Columbus and pursue additional degrees. He graduates with a Master’s Degree from Utah State.
He hopes to come in and make an impact on a winning team. He isn’t looking to lead in scoring but to be a role player that helps the team while earning a degree and enjoying the city.
Abel Porter reflects on his best week as an Aggie
|4/14/2020 11:06:04 PM|
|Ohio State Freshman DJ Carton and Alonzo Gaffney Leave|
Basketball is a fantastic sport, and great athletes have graced this field. Probably Michael Jordan was your favorite player, or you feel that LeBron James should have never left Cleveland Cavaliers. Basketball keeps making headlines. Whether it’s a pro basketball player moving to a rival team, or your favorite team picking the best rookie, there is always great news gracing the basketball world.
Ohio State basketball, widely known as the Buckeyes, is going through a moment of reckoning as DJ Carton and Alonzo Gaffney are leaving the team after one year. DJ Carton has made it clear that he is leaving Ohio State after taking a leave to cater for his mental health. The Ohio State guard made it clear through his twitter handle that he has been suffering from psychological issues and wants to start it all again.
Ohio State is also facing a recruit movement as Alonzo Gaffney is even leaving basically to pursue professional opportunities. The 6-foot-9 power forward possesses both athleticism and frame to make him stand out in a basketball court. It is an excellent opportunity for him to pursue his dreams and entertain his fans elsewhere.
What Next for DJ Carton and Alonzo Gaffney
It was a bold move by DJ Carton to announce that he will be leaving Ohio State temporarily to pursue mental health assistance. Many people have praised his decision to seek help and fight mental health problems. The Buckeyes were on the forefront in the league and ended the final 11 games without Carton. Many thought he would make a comeback, and perceived him as the star of the future and pride of the Buckeyes.
Unfortunately, DJ Carton, in his thank you message to coach Holtmann and the coaching staff was clear that he is not returning to Ohio State. Carton said that he is making a fresh start and will enter the transfer portal and pursue a new program. He went on to wish his teammates the best of luck in their endeavors. The Ohio State fans will miss his electrifying performance and left-handed dunks in the court.
Despite being one of the top recruits for Ohio State, Alonzo Gaffney’s stay looks to be short-lived. According to reports from numerous sources, it seems Gaffney will call quits on Ohio State, and he is not returning soon for his sophomore season. With the support of his family and coaching team, everything seems possible. There is a likelihood Alonzo will look forward to pursuing greener pastures and become a pro basketball player.
Best Performances from Carton and Alonzo
DJ Carton’s presence could be felt in the team and court last season. He was an impact player finishing third on the team and averaging 10.4 points per game. Carton also averaged 3.0 assists per game, making 40% three-pointer attempts.
Alonzo Gaffney averaged 1.9 points per game last season and played 17 games for the Buckeyes. He shot 56.6% from the floor and went 1-of 6 from the three-pointer range.
D.J. Carton, E.J. Liddell, Alonzo Gaffney and Ibrahima Diallo’s first Ohio State press conference
What in Store for Ohio State Basketball
Ohio State has an impeccable reputation, and it will look forward to adding more players to its roster and get to the limit of 13. However, the management will work hard on adding a guard as the team already has many players at the forward position. Seth Towns is the latest addition to the side, and they should fill Gaffney’s position.
Without DJ Carton, CJ Walker should take on a more significant role and take the Buckeyes to higher heights. In essence, Ohio State has a lot to do with DJ Carton and Alonzo Gaffney out of their schedule and rank at the top.
|3/30/2020 9:14:16 PM|
|Everything you need to know about Eugene Brown III|
Latest news on Eugene Brown III
If you follow college basketball, or are a fan of the Buckeyes, you'll want to know exactly who Eugene Brown III is. Eugene Brown is a shooting guard, who played excellent high school basketball in Decatur Georgia. Brown committed to Ohio State on September 16th, after reviewing offers from other schools, and we'll show you exactly why Ohio State was so keen on having him for their 2020 draft class.
Player profile Eugene Brown
Eugene Brown is a great addition to the Ohio State Buckeyes, and they sought him out due to his size and skill at his position. Eugene Brown weighs in at 185 pounds, and stands tall at 6-foot-6. His small frame, and large height, allow him to be incredibly mobile on the basketball court. This is one of the main reasons he had so much success in high school, and why he'll likely have success at the college level as well.
Brown was so good in his home state, that he ranked number 6 overall. On Top of that, Brown ranked at a solid 112 in his overall class across the country. His athleticism, and build, have allowed him to play excellent basketball and earn him a 4 star rating.
Why he is a great addition to the Buckeyes
The Buckeyes were so interested in Brown, because he will make an instant impact on their roster. Brown is known for his shooting talents, so he'll be able to make the shots he needs to, and he is also great on defense. This is important, because it gives the Buckeyes a player that can be effective on both sides of the court. Brown will likely add the versatility that the Buckeyes need this upcoming season, and will play an important role scoring at the 2-3 location.
|10/2/2019 4:19:03 PM|
|Ohio State Power Forward Jaedon LeDee is Exiting|
LeDee To Transfer
Just two or three days after a season completing mishap to Houston in the Round of 32, four-star forward Jaedon LeDee has entered his name into the NCAA trade window and will play the remainder of his school ball elsewhere. The Athletic's Bill Landis was the first to report the move.
"Jaedon is a fabulous youthful individual," Holtmann said in a declaration. "We welcome the dedication he made to our program and wish him the best."
He at first came to Columbus as a four-star player from The Kinkaid School in Houston and was the underlying player in the 2018 class.
Ohio State Career
|3/28/2019 3:54:25 PM|
|Dublin Coffman Guard Dominiq Penn With An Ohio State Offer|
Dominiq Penn, one of the nationally ranked 2020 point guards is yet to decide his college of choice. After taking several unofficial visits to a number of colleges where he had received 2020 offers; it’s clear that the Dublin Coffman Point Guard is more of an asset to any college team he would finally join.
Notre Dame and Ohio State are eying the 6-foot, 160-pound PG who has also received interests from schools like Michigan, Iowa, Xavier, Michigan State, and Indiana. Majority of these schools are impressed by the player’s ability to lead and score for his team.
Speaking to the Notre Dame’s assistant Ryan Ayers when Ayers visited his home state; Penn was quick to appreciate all the teams eying him and noted that he’s looking for a national program with strong academics. He also acknowledged all the scholarships he had been offered by various colleges adding that he’s humbled and all the positive energy motivates him to keep working hard.
Ohio State eyes Dominiq Penn as a legacy recruit
Penn is a 3-star prospect who has been ranked among the top 100 nationally in the 2020 class. He impresses in every game and has a fighting spirit that happens to be one of the most sought-after qualities in the modern play.
Dominiq Penn isn’t only interested in playing for the Ohio State University. He has a family legacy to keep; his father, Sconnie Penn is one of the renowned Buckeyes Basketball players of all time who played for the Ohio State’s team in the late 90s. In 2013, Sconnie Penn was inducted into the school’s hall of fame and is now a vital part of the program where he works as the head of player development and recruitment under Chris Holtmann.
Buckeyes fans aren’t too fast to forget how Sconnie impressed the world of basketball with his magical shots and solid coordination that saw him pass provocative passes to the teammates. Basketball fans are confident that the 2020 prospect has all the skills to coordinate his teammates and act as a coach on the floor.
As a rising star who takes no chances for granted, Sconnie’s son is on the top of the list for more than 8 colleges and his recruitment as a professional player has just started. After a very successful first season as a point guard for the Dublin-Coffman High School; Ohio State took notice and were among the first colleges to extend an offer way back in October last year.
|1/24/2019 1:30:33 PM|
|And EJ Liddell Makes Ohio State a Top Contender|
It's final: EJ Liddell has decided to go with Ohio State, a decision that broke the heart of Illinois and Missouri on Monday night. The two states were hoping up to the very last minute if something would sway the top 50 prospect to make a decision in their favor. Unfortunately, the force wasn't in them.
In the end, it wasn't an individual decision. EJ Liddell made the fateful choice in consultation with his first team: his family. For this, the Buckeyes have much to celebrate about the impending acquisition.
Ohio States 2019 Class
After all, the extremely tall EJ Liddell adds one more mighty powerhouse to a team that has been receiving a lot of extra boosts lately in terms of sign ups. With three of the 50 major commitments already coming their way, the Buckeyes are definitely the team to beat in terms of the potential lineup. EJ Liddell is definitely sending tremors down the spines of the other teams the moment his decision was announced.
Such an extremely powerful lineup for the Buckeyes in the very near future is nothing short of Herculean proportions. The EJ Liddell decision in Ohio State's favor had a lot to do with achieving almost instantaneous bromance with the rest of the team from the No. 48's Labor Day visitation. In EJ Liddell's own words, the male bonding couldn't have been any better, particularly with Alonzo Gaffney or DJ Carton.
|10/3/2018 2:01:07 PM|
|Alonzo Gaffney Decides To Become A Buckeye|
Alonzo Gaffney decided to stay close to home when he attends college, which should be welcome news for fans who hoped that the forward would play for a college in his home state.
Chris Holtmann said that he was going to lock down Ohio's state borders as soon as he took the OSU head coaching job. He made his first big accomplishment toward achieving this goal when the five-star forward agreed to commit.
Since he can play multiple positions, Alonzo Gaffney has a great deal to offer OSU. His stock started to really climb in July, and many ranked him near the 18th prospect in their charts for this recruiting class.
|4/23/2018 4:53:13 PM|