Douglas-Roberts Down To Three, Decision Soon

There's some surprising news in the Chris Douglas-Roberts derby as Ohio State has decided to back off. Roberts is now down to three schools and a decision could come soon.

The recruiting process appears to be ready to end much sooner than later for Detroit standout Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Bucknuts spoke with the 6-5 versatile guard Friday evening and he informed us that he is down to just three schools, and might make a verbal commitment as early as this next week.

"Memphis, Miami, and Arizona are the three schools I'm looking at," Douglas-Roberts said. "I will probably make a commitment next week."

The senior guard, who averaged 32 points a game last season for Cass Tech, just finished up his fifth and final in-home visit on Thursday evening from Ohio State head coach Thad Matta.

Douglas-Roberts was surprised at the result of that meeting.

"Well actually, they (Ohio State) told me they were going in another direction," he said. "They told me they have a few commitments in the backcourt already, and they didn't think it would be fair to recruit any more players at that position."

He will now decide if any official visits are necessary. As recently as mid-week, he was set on taking just a few visits.

Now, that might not even be the case.

"I might take one, I'm just not sure," Douglas-Roberts added. "I might just decide to get it over with."

Ohio State joins Georgia Tech and Kansas as teams that reportedly have backed off Douglas-Roberts this past week.

Miami and Memphis were the two schools that Douglas-Roberts credited for having the most impressive visits with him, thus giving those two and advantage.

He cited no leader, but could have a final decision as early as next Thursday or Friday.

As far as the Buckeyes are concerned, with two scholarships remaining, they will continue to pursue a post player very aggressively.

Brayden Bell, a 6-9 center from Salt Lake City, Utah visited a few weeks ago, but it's looking a lot less likely he will leave the West for Ohio State, making 6-10 Abdul Herrera from Miami their top post target.

Herrera favors Ohio State and Cincinnati over Illinois, Kansas State, and St. John's amongst others and will visit the Buckeyes sometime in October.

Their fourth and final scholarship will likely go to either Wilson Chandler, a 6-7 wing forward from Benton Harbor, Mich. who visits later in October, a JUCO post prospect, or possibly could even be banked for a talented class of 2006 that has the Buckeyes strong for several top recruits.

Bucknuts will continue to monitor the situation closely as it continually develops.

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