Matta's First High School Verbal At OSU?

Dave Telep of TheInsidersHoops.com has reported that OSU men's basketball coach Thad Matta has his first verbal commitment from a high school player in Utah standout Brayden Bell. Click here for more.

Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta has received his first verbal commitment from a high school prospect, according to TheInsidersHoops.com national recruiting expert Dave Telep.

Telep is reporting that Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton center prospect Brayden Bell committed to Matta and the Buckeyes last night. Here is his report on Bell (we will work to speak with Bell later today):

Brayden Bell ended his recruitment Sunday evening. The 6-foot-9 power forward has decided to play his college ball in the Big Ten.

The Ohio State University now has three newcomers in its current class. Former Bowling Green standout Ron Lewis and guard Sylvester Mayes, a junior college transfer, will have a new running mate once they get to Columbus.

According to his high school coach, on Sunday night 6-foot-9 power forward Brayden Bell committed to the Buckeyes.

"I think Brayden had a tremendous visit when he came out there," Johnson said. "He was really impressed with the fans and he mentioned how everywhere he went he saw people in Ohio State gear. He gained an understanding of how important athletics are there."

Bell is going to be very important to Ohio State. At 240 pounds, he's got the kind of body Big Ten coaches get excited about. He'll be ready to bang a little once he gets there but that's not to say he isn't a skilled player.

"I'd play him at the four," Johnson said. "He plays a lot of four for us and plays a lot on the perimeter. But at the same time he's a good enough athlete to do what he needs to do. He shoots the ‘3' with range and faces the basket exceptionally well."

Bell picked the Buckeyes after receiving offers from UCLA, Indiana and Utah.

He averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots a game as a junior.


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