A.T. Buckeye - Recruiting Chart August

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OHIO STATE
2004 RECRUITING TABLE

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POINT GUARDS

JAMAR BUTLER
6-2
Lima, OH
(Shawnee HS)

Verbal:
Ohio State

This playmaker was not even on OSU's recruiting radar in early August, but abruptly rescinded his commitment to the Cincinnati Bearcats in favor of the Buckeyes. A close friend of fellow verbal commitment, Matt Terwilliger, Butler is cited as being one the most talented lead guards to come out of Ohio in recent years. Though a prolific scorer at the prep level, Butler is lauded by analysts such as John Stovall of PrepSpotlight.com as a true point guard who is fully capable of doing everything necessary to win. A tremendous get for Ohio State, Butler satisfies the Point Guard needs for the 04'class and further solidifies Buckeye efforts to corral the state's best players on an annual basis. Look for much more on Butler in upcoming issues of Bucknuts the Magazine.

TASHEED CARR
6-4
Durham, NC
(Mt. Zion Christian Academy)

Other Schools Involved:
Arkansas, LaSalle, Indiana, Providence, Temple

This product of Philadelphia is known for his athletic forays to the hoop and his stout build, but not for his outside marksmanship. Carr has been monitored by Ohio State for some time and would seem to be an auxiliary option until signing day. Some reports claim he is a high priority of John Chaney's Temple Owls.

JUSTIN CERASOLI
6-5
Aurora, IL
(West Aurora HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Auburn, Connecticut, Memphis, Seton Hall, Villanova

The athletically gifted Cerasoli has been a name associated with Ohio State since he first broke out at the KMOX Shootout in St. Louis last season. Cerasoli attended the first Junior Day last year during the Minnesota football game and was offered a scholarship at that time. Though his interest in Ohio State was high, the verbal commitment from Jamar Butler should move his recruitment back several notches. Cerasoli was outstanding at several venues this summer including the Pangos Camp, the Adidas Big Time Tournament, and the Adidas ABCD Camp.

MARQUIE COOKE
6-3
Suffolk, VA
(Nansemond River HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Connecticut, Virginia Tech

The brutally built Cooke is a player whose list has shuffled extensively in the past year. Though OSU's involvement with him as always been minimal, he remains a high major talent that is without a doubt destined for a top tier conference. North Carolina State and Virginia were once the front-runners, but both schools have already satisfied their needs.

DUPREE FLETCHER
5-11
Milwaukee, WI
(Rufus King HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Louisville, Memphis, Florida State, Kansas

This sub 6-foot firebrand has always listed Ohio State as his favorite, and was reportedly even close to tendering a verbal to Ohio State in the early spring. OSU and Fletcher decided to mutually let things ride out, and with Butler's commitment to OSU, it seems Fletcher will look at some of the other schools on his list. Though he does not sport overly impressive numbers due to the presence of high levels of talent on his high school team, Fletcher was named the Milwaukee player of the year as a junior, and is also a front-runner for the state's top player as a senior. Grades were a question mark with Fletcher.

ALEX GORDON
5-11
Pensacola, FL
(HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Florida State, Minnesota, SMU, Vanderbilt

Smallish point from the panhandle as seen interest from the SEC mainly, although Ohio State had been evaluating him extensively in the late camp season. Again, Butler's commitment means that Gordon will undoubtedly end up somewhere else.

TAUREEN GREEN
6-1
Bradenton, FL
(IMG Academies/ Pendleton School)

Verbal:
FLORIDA

High on the Buckeyes earlier, Green eventually settled on the in-state Gators. The son of former UNLV and NBA standout, Sidney Green (now coach at Florida Atlantic), Green is noted for his solid understanding of the Point Guard position.

RICO HARRIS
6-1
Detroit, MI
(Denby HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Marquette, Xavier

 

 


KYLE LOWRY
6-0
Philadelphia, PA
(Cardinal Dougherty HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Connecticut, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Xavier

Lowry is a player that has accelerated his recruitment with outstanding play all throughout the AAU circuit. Exceptional at driving to the basket and using his body, Lowry is still being strongly considered by a bevy of High Majors.

TRENT MEACHAM
6-2
Champaign, IL
(Centennial HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Dayton, Kansas St., Purdue, Vanderbilt

A member of the highly successful Martin Brothers AAU program, Meacham led his squad to a major championship and to second place at the AAU Nationals. Jumped from a mid-major priority to a High Major prospect as a result of his stellar play. Dayton is rumored to be extremely active in his recruitment—Ohio State always seemed a remote possibility.

A.J. PRICE
6-1
Amityville, NY
(Amityville HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Connecticut, Kansas, St. John's, Syracuse,

The ultra-talented, ultra-quick Price was a handful, exceptionally early at the Boo Williams Invitational in Virginia. Playing for the powerful Riverside Church AAU squad, Price showed many analysts that his ability to play the point was for real—a point that drove home his recruiting stock. Kansas and Connecticut are said to be in a wrestling match for this supremely talented east coaster—who actually dropped off on Ohio State some time ago.

BRIAN ROBERTS
6-1
Toledo, OH
(St. John's HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Dayton, Minnesota, Xavier

The next highest rated lead guard in Ohio after Jamar Butler, Roberts has accelerated his recruitment with superb play for the All-Ohio Red AAU squad this summer. His prep team was a semi-finalist in the Division I ranks last year, and is one of the heavy favorites this season (along with Cincinnati Moeller) to be the champions in 03-04. Roberts has seen himself elevated from a MAC-level recruit to someone that will likely play in the Atlantic 10, if not the Big 10.

SEAN SINGLETARY
5-11
Philadelphia, PA
(Penn Charter HS)

Verbal:
VIRGINIA

Known for his physical toughness and ridiculous build, Singletary is also reported to have received Big 10 offers to play football. Had Ohio State among his top 5 until he decided on the Cavaliers in early summer.

DARIUS WASHINGTON
6-0
Orlando, FL
(Edgewater HS)

Verbal:
MEMPHIS

Has one of the biggest reputations on the summer circuit due to his play last year and this year. Ohio State was never a serious contender for Washington, and word is that he may even toy with early entry into the NBA if he gets the right signals. Given Memphis's recent record with players of that persuasion, it is no surprise.

MONTAVIOUS WATERS
6-3
Albany, GA
(Westover, HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech

 

 


WINGS

C.J. ANDERSON
6-5
Cincinnati, OH
(Winton Woods, HS/ Hargrave Military Academy)

Other Schools Involved:
Cincinnati, Georgetown, West Virginia

The athletically gifted Anderson was a top 5 player in the 03'class in Ohio, but a need to improve his grades have sent him on to Hargrave for a year. Known for incredible athleticism as well as an ability to do many things at many positions on the basketball court, Anderson looks ticketed to a high major as long as his grades are in order. Do not rule out an evaluation by Ohio State at a later time, particularly if there are still open scholarships deep in the recruiting season, and if Anderson remains available.

KEITH BENJAMIN
6-2
Mt. Vernon, NY
(HS)

Verbal:
Villanova

A player highly interested in Ohio State at one time, Benjamin was never offered a scholarship, a fact that made it excessively difficult to keep up in the race for his services. Benjamin was a primary target for several Big East schools, including St. John's and his eventual choice, Villanova. In any other year, Ohio State would have made a serious run at him. But given the wing situation at Ohio State, including the recruitment of Malik Hairston, it seemed inevitable that Benjamin would end up elsewhere.

JOE CRAWFORD
6-3
Detroit, MI
(Renaissance HS)

Other Schools Interested:
Clemson, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Syracuse

The supremely gifted Crawford has elevated his game to stratospheric levels with his summer play, particularly at the Nike All-American camp where his high-wire antics were the talk of the week. Besides his unreal vertical, Crawford has developed a mid and long-range game that make him, in the eyes of many, the most complete Shooting Guard prospect in the nation. Perhaps the story of the summer has been his cancellation of the verbal commitment he gave to Michigan last year. Ohio State had done extensive work with Crawford last summer, even hosting him for the Texas Tech football game and offering a scholarship. But once Crawford committed, the Buckeyes backed off, and remain in that posture given the groundwork laid with Malik Hairston. Crawford's ultimate destination is still up in the air, but unlike other de-commitments, there seems a real chance that Michigan may yet attain his services.

JOSH DUNCAN
6-7
Cincinnati, OH
(Moeller HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Indiana, Kentucky, Xavier

The supremely skilled Duncan was the dominant player at the 02-03 Division I finals, where he led Moeller High to the championship. Highly undervalued nationally due to his relative absence from the AAU circuit, Duncan has risen to the point of being arguably the best player in the State for the 04'class, and at worst one of the top 2. Ohio State had offered Duncan a scholarship at one time, but it seems the mutual interest has been relatively lukewarm up to this point. Make no mistake, Duncan is skilled for his size, can score from anywhere on the floor, and is an amazing competitor.

TERRY EVANS
6-5
St. Louis, MO
(Cardinal Ritter HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Oklahoma, Rice, St.Louis

Hobbled by injuries, the sky-walking Evans has been forced into a summer of frustration as he rehabilitates. More than likely, this is a player that will wait until the spring to sign as he will likely try to re-capture the form that had him tabbed as a 4 star, top 50 level talent before his downtime.

MALIK HAIRSTON
6-6
Detroit, MI
(Renaissance HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Kansas, Michigan, Michigan St., UCLA

Hairston has risen from regional recruit into an all-out national superstar with his jaw-dropping play during the AAU camp season. Time and time again, Hairston has risen to the top and put on the show of shows for all in attendance. Once a borderline top-100 prospect in the eyes of some, he now seems a mortal lock for McDonald's All-American status and is hands down the most talented player the Buckeyes have ever recruited in the O'Brien era. It is not too grand a statement to suggest that landing Hairston would immediately put the Buckeyes near the top of the Big Ten Food Chain, and also make them a national powerhouse brought to mind when discussing Final-4 caliber squads. Hairston is a top-10 talent and a verbal from him would be the single most important recruiting news the Buckeyes have gotten in the past 6 years. Take it to the bank.

JAMES HARDY
6-6
Ft. Wayne, IN
(Elmhurst HS)

Verbal:
INDIANA

The athletically gifted Hardy surprised many when he opted for Mike Davis's Hoosiers a few months back, a move that mystified some since Indiana had recently pledged a player of similar skill, Robert Vaden (former Purdue commitment). Hardy is known for his high-flying scoring punch and is a consensus top-100 player who was considering numerous national outfits such as Florida and Michigan State. Some reports claim that Hardy, while committed to the Hoosiers, may wait until the springtime to actually go forward with an NLI. Knowing now that the Hoosiers have added another elite, skilled wing in Georgian Josh Smith, Hardy's recruitment may yet have chapters to be written.

DANNY MORRISSEY
6-2
Brandenton, FL
(IMG Academies/ Pendleton School)

Verbal:
Penn State
The former Cleveland native is known for his lights-out shooting from 3 point range, and had offers from numerous High-Major Division I outfits before pulling the trigger in early August to the Nittany Lions. Morrissey was a guy that Ohio State was clearly high on, although they had not offered a scholarship and despite the fact he was absent more often than not from AAU and shoe camp events due to injury. Things could have been different for OSU and Morrissey with a different set of circumstances, but one can hardly fault Morrissey for pulling the trigger and solidifying his future in the Big 10 conference. Again, lights out from deep.

NORM PLUMMER
6-7
Chatham, VA
(Hargrave Military Academy)

Verbal:
Dayton

A product of the Fairfield area, Plummer raised serious eyebrows with his play at a Wolfesboro, New Hampshire prep school last season where he was prone to 30-point outbursts. A converted power forward, Plummer seemed ticketed for a mid-major type of program until he decided on the prep route. Ohio State hosted him on an unofficial visit last season, and although there was genuine interest, never got to the point of offering a scholarship. Dayton moved in as the most aggressive player in the Plummer sweepstakes and got a verbal in July.

A.J. RATLIFF
6-2
Indianapolis, IN
(North Central HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, NC State, Purdue, Xavier

Ohio State evaluated the Hoosier state's best small guard several times last season, and saw the potential for a combo-style Brent Darby playmaker. Most of the other schools on Ratliff's list were far more interested and as such, have been in a much better position to land him—rumor had it that Indiana could have attained his services had they chosen to be more aggressive. Look for Ratliff to end up with a High Major program on his list—even possibly in the Big 10. A top 50 National player according to Dave Telep of TheInsiders.com.

EVERETT SPENCER
6-6
Columbus, OH
(Brookhaven HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Oklahoma, Seton Hall

Spencer has been a major contributor for Central Ohio powerhouse Columbus Brookhaven the past few seasons and will likely be a featured offensive option this coming season. Though very thin, Spencer oozes potential and will likely claim a high major scholarship on that fact alone—at worst a Mid-major type of program will come calling. Ohio State is a naturally interested party due to the proximity of his school, but the likelihood of his coming here as a scholarship player are slim.

ALBERT WEBBER
6-3
Durham, NC
(Mt. Zion Christian Academy)

Verbal:
ALABAMA

Known as one of the most pure 3-point shooters in the prep ranks, Webber took himself off the list of available wingmen last month by offering a verbal to the Crimson Tide. Scores in bunches and is listed as a Top-100 prospect by numerous services.


FRONTCOURT

AARON AGNEW
6-9
Bellaire, OH
(HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Dayton, Duquense, Florida St., Louisville, Pittsburgh, Xavier

At 350+ pounds, Agnew is a load for anyone to handle and benefited as much as any prospect this summer from camp-style play. Various scouting services increased their outlook on Agnew as a result of those performances and he garnered interest from several high major programs, most notably the Louisville Cardinals, whom he named his leader. Although the Cardinals have not offered yet, it is safe to say that Agnew will be able to ply his trade at a high-major university. Still a developing prospect with a high upside. Ohio State's interest has been minimal over time, but never non-existing.

LUKE BONNER
6-10
Manchester, NH
(Trinity HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Boston College, Dayton, Rhode Island, Richmond, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Limited views as he's not a frequent competitor on the AAU circuit, at least not much prior to his junior season. The brother of Florida Gators power forward Matt Bonner. Sister is also a big time Division I player.

ANDREW BRACKMAN
6-8
Cincinnati, OH
(Moeller HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Cincinnati, Dayton, NC State, Purdue

No player's star rose quicker and more brilliantly than the 6-9 two-sport star from Moeller High School. Busting out in a big way at the Nike Peach Jam, Brackman is attracting attention from infinite corners of the NCAA lexicon, both for basketball and for baseball (where he is reputed to have a fastball in the low 90's and multiple, filthy breaking pitches). Besides the programs listed above, several other national luminaries such as Florida and Arizona have also been in contact. The OSU staff was quick to act on Brackman and have offered a scholarship---- his AAU coach, Ozie Davis of Ohioprepscene.com gushes about his long term potential in either sport while the top talent evaluator in the state, John Stovall of Prepspotlight.com notes Brackman's fiery competitiveness and ability to score from inside and out. In fact, Brackman has soared to the position of top 4 prospect in the state (top 2 in Baseball). One to watch for Buckeye fans. (Look for more on Brackman in upcoming issues of Bucknuts the Magazine)

CHARLES BRONSON
6-9
Philadelphia, PA
(Lutheran Christian HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Duquense, LSU, Marquette, Penn St.

Bronson is a 5th year player that has been attracting more attention as a result of improved play on the summer circuit (recurring theme). Though not as explosive as others on this list, he has successfully moved himself from mid-major to high-major style recruit and could be a guy to look in on if he remains available. Particularly in the spring period.

HATILA DESOUZA
6-9
Laurinburg, NC
(Institute)

Other Schools Involved:
Kentucky, LSU, Missouri

The Brazilian big man has been an enigma since he arrived in this country last season. At 6-9 and a solid 230, he clearly has the body for high-major hoops, but has yet to develop a solid offensive game to match up to his defensive presence. Clearly a guy to keep an eye on, as many high major programs that do not strike gold with their initial targets may fall back and try to get involved with DeSouza.

SETH GORNEY
6-11
Vandalia, OH
(Butler HS)

Verbal:
IOWA

One of the three top big men in Ohio in 04, Gorney chose the Iowa Hawkeyes over the Ohio State Buckeyes more than three months ago after narrowing his list to those two schools. (Dayton and Pittsburgh had also offered grants). Pretty well built for a 7-footer, many observers feel Gorney is poised for a breakout year at Vandalia Butler after several seasons of sharing the post with another 7 footer at his high school (Josh Higgins, bound for Western Kentucky). A solid pickup for Steve Alford's Iowa Hawkeyes.

CORNELIO GUIBUNDA
6-9
Stamford, CT
(King and Low, Heywood-Thomas HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Boston College, Connecticut, Miami (FL), N.C. State, Syracuse, Virginia

Native African was noted as a top tier performer at the NBA Development camp where several analysts put him squarely in their top 100. Ohio State has not been seriously involved with Guibunda with some time and the likelihood of their being more involved in the future is slim. Several reports have the Virginia Cavaliers as the leader for Guibunda's services.

JUSTIN HOLT
6-8
Tacoma, WA
(Tacoma Junior College)

Other Schools Involved:
Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Washington

The only Junior College player on this list to date, the 6-8 Holt had been formerly ticketed to both Oregon State and Iowa State before coaching changes at both venues re-opened his recruitment. Noted as athletic and skilled for his size, we are still seeking more information on his overall game, as well as Ohio State's possible involvement in his now expansive recruiting cycle. Word is that Holt was ably qualified out of high school, and will have three years of eligibility should he sign with a school for 04.

AL HORFORD
6-8
Grand Ledge, MI
(HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan St., Kansas, Purdue, Xavier

Horford's recruitment has soared out of control as a result of his stellar play at the AAU championships where he was a singular inside presence for his Michigan Mustangs squad. Whereas new players such as Kansas and Florida have been trying to elbow their way in, Ohio State was one of the highest profile programs to offer Horford and remain deeply involved. In fact, Horford first had contact with the staff way back as a rising junior and was first on campus at the Texas Tech football game last August. Recent indications are that Horford will take visits, although no word has come down as to when or where those might be. The son of former McDonald's All-American and NBA performer, Tito Horford, some projections have him reaching close to 7 feet in height (Father is 7-1) and being a solid back to the basket type of bruiser. One to watch for Buckeye fans.

PETER PROWITT
6-10
McLean, VA
(Potomac School)

Verbal:
STANFORD

This talented, and academically gifted, son of a university professor was an initial post target for the Buckeyes and even went so far as to visit OSU unofficially and name them in his top 3 (along with Stanford and Princeton). Although positive on Jim O'Brien and the Buckeyes, Stanford's academic reputation and a keen need for big men at the Pac-10 outfit (Word is Stanford will take 3 big men this year) made the lead insurmountable. Prowitt is likely to enjoy a long and productive career with Mike Montgomery's Cardinal. From our perspective, it could not happen to a classier individual.

TUNJI SOROYE
6-11
Rockville, MD
(Montrose Christian Academy)

Other Schools Involved:
Open

Known mostly for his defensive acumen (racked up over 5 blocks several times during the Prep Season), Soroye is a new name on the Buckeye charts, and someone that will be monitored going forward for progress. May be extensively sought based on his senior season at traditionally powerful Montrose Christian, a factory for High Major talent.


GORAN SUTTON
6-9
Lansing, MI
(Everett HS)

Other Schools Involved:
Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan St., Northwestern, Xavier

The native Yugoslavian has helped himself out greatly with, you guessed it, stellar summer showings. Of his interested suitors, the Spartans of Michigan State seem to have made the most headway. Though powerfully built, Suton is reputed to have more than just "big man" skills and can even do some things facing the basket. At this juncture, Suton looks like a clear High Major big man. Ohio State's interest level has been on and off, but expect them to remain at the very least an opportunistic observer in his recruitment.

JUAN DIEGO TELLO PALACIOS
6-8
Centerreach, NY
(Our Saviour Academy)

Other Schools Involved:
Florida, Florida St., Louisville, St. John's, Tennessee, UNLV, Valparaiso, Villanova

Perhaps the most colorful name on the recruiting scene belongs to the Colombian native with the brutal low post game and versatile abilities from all parts of the floor. Palacios has pulled a rare feat in that he has been completely inactive this summer (and not even in the country for a lot of that time) nursing injuries and yet has not lost any of his notoriety or interest level with High Major outfits. The conga line of recruiters, including those from Ohio State, visiting his school back in the spring was a who's who of High Major heavyweights. Though not overwhelmingly athletic, Palacios is described by Dave Telep as a rock at the point of attack and has been noted by several analysts as being so talented he can basically choose his destination. Palacios ducked in to see Ohio State unofficially in January when his team played in the Flyin' to the Hoop tournament in Dayton and his high school is on familiar turf for the natural east-coaster, O'Brien. Look for the Buckeyes to take a shot at this supremely talented prospect, although the competition will be ferocious.

MATT TERWILLIGER
6-9
Troy, OH
(HS)

Verbal:
OHIO STATE

The first major story of the 04'recruiting season was the addition of the West-Ohio jumping jack into the ranks of Buckeye verbals. Supremely skilled and possessing a laundry list of abilities, Terwilliger was a huge pickup for the Buckeyes, especially in the face of direct competition from the Cincinnati Bearcats. His AAU coach Mike Duncan describes a fiery competitor and fine young man who still knows how to have fun on the floor and Ohio talent evaluator, John Stovall has him pegged as the best big man in the state. All indicators show that the verbal of Terwilliger is the first flake in what will be an out of control snowball for Ohio State recruiting this year--- a monster pickup for the Good Guys. Look for more on Terwilliger in upcoming issues of Bucknuts the Magazine.

DAN WATERSTRADT
6-10
Redford, MI
(Catholic Central HS)

Verbal:
Rutgers

Less sought after than Suton or Horford, Waterstradt remained an extremely skilled big man that had the full attention of the MAC, and obviously teams of a higher pecking order. The jury will always be out, but some think Rutgers got a steal on this one. Ohio State was always keeping a peripheral eye on Waterstradt, but it seems Gary Waters decided the time to make the investment was now, and Waterstradt agreed.


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