2015 Rankings Breakdown: Ohio State

For the first time since the end of the summer the class of 2015 rankings were updated. As would be expected there was a lot of movement up and down. Here is a look at what happened with Ohio State targets.

Ohio State already has two commitments in the class of 2015 and they are point guard A.J. Harris as well as forward Mickey Mitchell. Both were evaluated in person by Scout.com during the high school season.

Mitchell moved down from five-star to four-star status, and from No. 16 overall to No. 31 overall. In general Mitchell is tough to evaluate given the uniqueness of his game. He doesn't fit the mold of many prospects given his combination of size, explosive leaping ability, and good floor vision, however he doesn't move his feet great laterally and turns the ball over too often when he does try to make plays.

With that we felt it was best to drop Mitchell some, while still keeping him at a lofty top 50 position because he does have a lot of natural talent. This spring and summer will huge for Mitchell now that he will be 18 months removed from an injury to his knee and should be back to normal on the court, but his play during the year couldn't be completely ignored.

Harris however got a modest bump going from the No. 15 point guard and No. 88 overall to the No. 14 point guard and No. 79 overall. While Harris hasn't grown, and isn't likely to grow, and will always be limited by his size at 5-foot-8, he does possess a ton of point guard skills and brings a pit bull mentality to the court. He did an admirable job in a head-to-head battle with Tyler Ulis in January, and has shown improved shooting throughout his career. His ceiling is limited, but Harris is one of the steadier floor generals in the class, and a good kid to build a team around with his four year potential to run things.

Outside of the two commitments, the two names Ohio State fans are most fixated on would be in-state targets Luke Kennard and Carlton Bragg. Both Bragg and Kennard move up one spot overall. Bragg from No. 9 to No. 8 and Kennard from No. 15 to No. 14 overall, and both remained as five-star prospects. So clearly each kid is having a good year, and both have cemented themselves at their current level with their play.

Two other in-state prospects did make moves though. Both Esa Ahmad and Kyle Ahrens made their way into the top 100. Ahrens was having an excellent season before injuring his leg and is now No. 83 overall while Ahmad has dropped weight and become more athletic and moved up to No. 92 overall. This gives Ohio five, four-star or higher prospects in the class. So far Ohio State hasn't offered either Ahrens or Ahmad.

Other names worth monitoring would clearly be Daniel Giddens and Doral Moore. Ohio State might be the quiet leader for Giddens and he remained in the top 50 despite a fall from No. 34 to No. 41. At this point Giddens needs to continue to refine his offensive game, but he is clearly a game changer with his shot blocking and rebounding.

Moore basically stayed the same and checks in at No. 22 when he was at No. 21. Moore has all the tools, and was one of the more divisive figures in the rankings process as some were clearly pushing for five-star status for Moore. For now though he stays in the four-star range and is one of the kids high on the watch list going forward.

Overall the Buckeyes are off to an excellent start and are looking to add 2 or 3 more into the class, with in-state targets being at the top of their list along with a center to replace Amir Williams and Trey McDonald.


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