The Buckeyes currently have the fifth ranked class for 2015, but as uncommitted recruits declare their intentions that number will slide.
“Realistically they are probably done with this class,” Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow said. “It’s not a top five class because a lot of these blue chip guys aren’t committing to Ohio State and other guys are going to jump them. It’s a top 20 class. I think it’s been a good class overall.”
As it stands, the Buckeyes will bring four players into the fold for the 2015-2016 season with three of them checking in as Top 100 players. Tops on the list is Rockwall (Texas) High School shooting guard Austin Grandstaff. The No. 46 overall player and No. 13 shooting guard projects as a lights-out shooter at the next level, a skill that leads Snow to believe he can be an immediate contributor for Ohio State.
Center Daniel Giddens, the 13th ranked center and No. 50 overall player in the class, may also be able to contribute immediately with his athleticism and rebounding, though he is raw offensively. A.J. Harris, the No. 79 overall recruit and the No. 8 point guard, and Mitchell, the No. 20 small forward, round out the 2015 class.
With four four-star commits, Ohio State has what is a good class overall in Snow’s eyes. The group, however, lacks a clear professional prospect. While that might mean the Buckeyes are getting a group that can contribute for four years, it limits their top-end potential.
“The reality is you win with pros,” Snow said. “(Connecticut) got a little lucky this year because their pro (Shabazz Napier) decided to stay. At the end of the day you win with the best players.
“Without pros it’s tough to win a national title and that’s the goal at Ohio State.”
Snow said because of Giddens’ size (6-10, 220 pounds) he has the best chance to play professionally, though no one in the 2015 class approaches a sure thing, or even a safe bet to play in the NBA.
That may fall short of fan expectations, but competing against the best basketball programs in the country for a top recruit is a tall order for Ohio State.
“There is a reason Kentucky, Kansas and Duke are Kentucky, Kansas and Duke,” Snow said. “And it’s the same reason Ohio State is Ohio State in football. They have good (basketball) tradition, but they’re not one of the Blue Bloods.
“This isn’t video-game recruiting.”
As it stands Ohio State has four players from the 2015 class who should be able to keep the Buckeyes competitive in the Big Ten.