Breaking Down The Ohio State Basketball 2018 Recruiting Class

Breaking Down The Ohio State Basketball 2018 Recruiting Class

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Breaking Down The Ohio State Basketball 2018 Recruiting Class


Chris Holtmann came into the recruiting game late last year, but had a little more time to dedicate to the 2018 class that’s in the books. With the end of the regular season, it feels like a good time to get to know the four players that signed.


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Breaking Down The Ohio State Basketball 2018 Recruiting Class

The Ohio State basketball team just finished up its regular season that surprised even the most optimistic fan. There’s still the post-season to go, but we take a pause to look at the 2018 class that’s coming in to try and reinforce what Holtmann has already done this season.

How Good Is The Class?

It’s good, but probably not as good as the coaching staff will strive for going forward. All in all, it is rated as the No. 23 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

That’s not bad, but it’s rated as just the No. 6 overall class in the Big Ten. Obviously recruiting rankings only go so far, and the coaching staff really likes the character and quality of the kids it brought in.

Still, you win with talent, and this is probably not the type of class that’ll have Ohio State contending for Big Ten titles year in and year out. It might fit in well with what’s coming back, but time will tell.

Star Of The Class

It has to be shooting guard Luther Muhammad out of Jersey City, New Jersey. The 6-4, 185 pounder is a four-star prospect that can light it up from the outside, but will probably see some time at the point guard position at Ohio State as well because of immediate need.

Muhammed is the nation’s No. 84 prospect and No. 17 shooting guard in the class according to 247Sports. He can score and has excelled against elite competition as well. He has shown a competitive spirit on the defensive end and has the tools to be great on both ends of the court.

The Class Is Heavy On …

Nothing. The four member class has two guards and two forwards. Ohio State loses a lot of leadership and talent with the departures of Keita Bates-Diop, Andrew Dakich, Jae’Sean Tate and Kam Williams, and basically back-fills those positions.

It’ll be interesting to see how Holtmann handles the guard position next year with what will still be a little thin if everything stays the way it does.

The Class Could Have Used More …

Big Men. Yeah the game has evolved to stretch players that can move from the paint to the outside, but there’s nobody over 6-7 in this class. That means OSU’s biggest player next year will continue to be the 6-9 Kaleb Wesson.

Ohio State will probably be able to get by with that against most teams, but if it faces a squad that is able to go big on them, it could be an issue down the road.

Most Surprising Recruit

Anytime you’re going against the likes of Kentucky, Arizona and UCLA, you could be waging an uphill battle — especially coming off some sub-par seasons like we’ve seen in Columbus.

However, Ohio State kept plugging away and was able to sway Jaedon DeLee from what was thought to be a solid lock for Kentucky.

The 6-7, 230 lb. DeLee comes with a body ready for Division 1 basketball and is able to get into the paint and bang around a little bit. He also has a mid-range game that is refreshing in today’s game.

Overall Class

Luther Muhammad – SG

6-4, 185 lbs., Hudson Catholic (Jersey City, NJ)
No. 77 overall recruit according to 247Sports

Jaedon DeLee – PF

6-7, 230 lbs., The Kinkaid School (Houston, TX)
No. 92 overall recruit according to 247Sports

Duane Washington – SG

6-3, 190 lbs., Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, CA)
No. 192 overall recruit according to 247Sports

Justin Ahrens – SF

6-5, 181 lbs., Versailles (Versailles, OH)
No. 239 overall recruit according to 247Sports

 

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