Ohio State Rankings Breakdown
The Ohio State Buckeyes already have an impressive four-man class in 2015. Thad Matta and his staff have locked up some very impressive prospects and remain in the hunt for a fifth member. Here is a look at the movement of the OSU prospects and commitments in the most recent rankings update. The highest rated of OSU’s commitment quartet remains Austin Grandstaff. Now Grandstaff did slip from No. 30 to No. 45 after a somewhat inconsistent summer. He is still a near elite shooter with some ability off the bounce, but he can be limited at times and relative to a few others around him who raised their game, he was due for a small drop in the rankings. Two of the OSU commitments did go up in the rankings. Both Daniel Giddens and A.J. Harris had bumps up. Giddens made the far more significant jump going from No. 64 to No. 49. Giddens is getting better on the offensive end so that is a big part of the jump, and with his ability to rebound and block shots a spot in the top was more than deserved with his play, especially as it got down to the end of the summer at both the Peach Jam and the USA Basketball tryouts. Harris got a modest boost from No. 78 to No. 76 in the rankings. Harris had a solid July showing an improved ability to shoot to go along with his toughness and impressive quickness with the basketball. He needs to continue to value the basketball at his size and improve as a shooter, but Harris has a lot to like and should be a quality four year player for the Buckeyes. The final member of the OSU commitments is Mitchell. Mitchell remains a four-star prospect, but fell out of the top 100 from No. 86. At times Mitchell can look great with his excellent feel for the game and tremendous passing ability. Still he struggles to move laterally and isn’t a good shooter. Mitchell has a unique game and his ranking was the subject of a major discussion, but ultimately he fell just out of the top 100. OSU is hoping to make this a five man class by landing either Esa Ahmad or Carlton Bragg. Bragg is a five-star and stayed at No. 11 overall. Clearly Bragg is one of the most talented prospects in the class, now he just needs to continue to add consistency. Ahmad made a decent jump up the rankings going from No. 65 to No. 48. While not the most gifted athlete, Ahmad is one of the best offensive players at the power forward position in the class. He had a good summer with All-Ohio Red, and proved worthy of a spot in the top 50. Overall this is a very good class for Matta and his staff, and if they can add either Bragg or Ahmad it can turn into a great class.
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