Lighty Responds To Rumors Of Verbal

Rumors have been abounding that Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph basketball standout David Lighty has issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State. We went to the source and Lighty, a national top-20 prospect, responds to those rumors and discusses where things stand. Plus, we examine how things are coming together with what could be a blockbuster 2006 class for OSU men's basketball. Click here for more.

The buzz has emerged that Ohio State picked up its second verbal commitment this weekend in basketball for the class of 2006. Sources have told that David Lighty committed to Ohio State, allegedly joining Dayton Dunbar's Daequan Cook as the second commitment when he gave head coach Thad Matta a call earlier this week.

We went straight to the source and asked him to comment on the rumor.

"Well, I've been talking to them really, and I haven't really told everybody yet," Lighty said of the rumor.

Lighty would neither confirm or deny the commitment, but indicated he liked Ohio State a lot, and sources have told us that regardless of the rumored commitment, one could be forthcoming in the near future.

As of now, Lighty had planned to make visits to Ohio State and Syracuse with Michigan and Arizona also in the mix. He did say the plan was for him to still take his time with whatever he did.

"Well, my mother kind of wants me to hold off," Lighty added.

The visit to Ohio State next weekend to join Indianapolis stars Mike Conley and Greg Oden, and also, potentially, Memphis' Thaddeus Young, will probably not happen because of complications with Lighty's knee. He said the rehab would not be set back more than a week, and he just was on a little pain medication for now.

We will continue to keep a close eye on the situation, and if a verbal commitment is confirmed, we will keep everyone up to date.

Lighty is ranked as the nation's No. 16 prospect and as the country's third-best small forward by

He averaged 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a junior, earning first-team All-Ohio honors in Division III. His season was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL during a district tournament game in March.

Recruiters first took note of Lighty in his sophomore year, when he averaged 19.4 points per game and earned Division III Northeast Lakes District player of the year honors.

He would join the 6-5 Cook, ranked eighth nationally by, in OSU's Class of 2006 when and if he makes it official.

The Buckeyes were also hoping for verbal commitments soon from Indianapolis Lawrence North teammates Oden and Conley. The 7-0 Oden was USA Today's national player of the year as a junior and is rated as's No.1 junior nationally. The 6-1 Conley is rated 19th nationally. Conley and Oden will play in an AAU tournament at Fort Wayne, Ind., this weekend before visiting OSU officially.

The 6-8 Young would also be a great get. He is ranked seventh nationally by

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