Ohio State Rankings Breakdown

Ohio State is coming off of a tremendous class of 2014, and now they have it rolling again with the 2015 group. Already Thad Matta and his staff have secured three pledges in the class, and here is a look at where that trio as well as some other top prospects stand in the latest rankings update.

Ohio State has done a great job of securing their future on the perimeter by locking up point guard A.J. Harris, shooting guard Austin Grandstaff, and small forward Mickey Mitchell. All three now solidly rank as four-star prospects.

Making a big move up the charts was Grandstaff. He went from No. 47 to No 30 in the rankings and did so on the strength of his excellent spring. More than ever Grandstaff looked like an elite scorer and not just a shooter. Also he has good size and is a pretty good athlete. There is a lot Grandstaff does well, and he put up some big numbers on a huge stage.

While Grandstaff went up, Mitchell fell down the ranks. He now checks in at No. 85 after previously being at No. 31. Mitchell has battled injuries over the last year, but he looks healthy now, however his game just didn't match up to that of a top 50 prospect. He is still is one of the best passers you will ever see, but Mitchell turns the ball over too much and isn't a good enough shooter to maintain his lofty spot, so now he is down in the lower four-star range.

Making a slight move up was A.J. Harris. Harris was at No. 79, and now he is at No. 75. Harris had a very solid spring with King James, and actually was their most consistent performer. He still has the physical limitation with his height, and he isn't a great shooter, but Harris is tough, competitive, and knows how to run a team. Overall it was a good spring and the need to bump him up a little was there.

With three commitments on the perimeter, now the big focus for the Buckeyes is on the interior at the power forward and center spots.

A pair of in-state power forwards lead the way on their wish list. Carlton Bragg fell from No. 8 to No. 11 while Esa Ahmad made a huge move up from No. 92 to No. 64. Bragg's fall, while minimal, was due to the fact that he doesn't dominate games like his athleticism and skill set dictate he should. He still has the all-world potential, but Bragg just needs to play like a superstar on a more consistent basis.

With Ahmad he started off the spring putting on one of the best performances over an entire weekend at the NY2LA Swish N Dish, and continued from there with strong play. He is an excellent outside shooter, has skill going to the rim, and good size. However he is limited by a lack of lateral athleticism which makes him average at best on the defensive end.

Also it is clear that the Buckeyes want a center badly, and they are involved four very good ones. Five-star prospects Thomas Bryant and Elijah Thomas are in the mix as are four-star Georgia natives Doral Moore and Daniel Giddens.

Thomas missed most of the spring and fell from No. 12 to No. 13 with the addition of kids from the 2016 class to 2015, and while still a five-star, Bryant dropped from No. 11 to No. 23 following a limited showing as well.

Moore continues to be a bit divisive in the Scout.com war room and dropped from No. 22 to No. 34. This is because despite his great physical tools, Moore still doesn't product consistently enough and his motor seems to run hot and cold. Giddens dropped from No. 41 to No. 63. This was due to his lack of offensive ability. Still Giddens is an excellent athlete, blocks shots, and rebounds, but the lack of feel on the offensive end is a limiting factor.

Overall this class is shaping up quite well for Ohio State. They have set their backcourt, and are in on the right guys in the frontcourt, now it will be interesting to see who they land.


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