Already the biggest name associated with Ohio State basketball recruiting of anyone not named Malik, Dominic James is finding life pretty rough these days. Or maybe that's just his opponents.
"It's really been heating up lately," an exhausted James said Saturday morning. "A lot of teams are trying to get involved."
James had just completed a 15-point performance in his team's 70-64 victory over the Martin Brothers Select at 8 in the morning Saturday at Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne after finishing a 21-point outburst less than 10 hours the night before.
Despite playing the entire game because his team only had five players available for the morning stanza, James was still going strong. He does want to work on conditioning, however.
"I've been on the road so much, I've not really had a chance to work on that," he said. "I haven't had time to work out a lot, but I need to stay in shape."
James is a 5-10 point guard from Richmond, Indiana who you wouldn't pick out in a gymnasium full of players-unless of course you saw him jump.
James' incredible athleticism combined with great court sense makes him clearly one of the top point guard prospects in the nation for the 2004-2005 season. Teams are getting in line to sign him.
"Marquette, Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue have all been in to see me," James said. "I'm looking for the best situation to go into. I definitely want to relate with the coach well wherever I go.
Much like Hairston, whose recruitment sometimes seems like it will never end, James says the Buckeyes were one of the first schools to get in on him, and he appreciates that.
"It means a lot to me that they have been in on me the longest and they have been the most consistent in recruiting me," he said. "They were the first Big Ten school to offer me. It is definitely special."
Unlike Hairston, however, don't look for James to drag this out until next April.
"I will really start to wind down my list in July," he said. "I will probably make a decision in the fall."
The Buckeyes will stand a very good chance of getting an official visit from James, who termed the chances as "very likely."
James spoke about some of the things that has impressed him the most about the Buckeyes.
"Coach O'Brien is great," he said. "My family likes him an awfully lot. Ohio State is close to home, it's a great place, and the staff is as good as it gets. I like them a lot."
Until James begins his college career, he will continue to make life tough for his opponents. Once he's in college, Ohio State fans hope he will make life tough for their opponents.