Official Visits Are On As Planned

This is a big weekend for OSU basketball recruiting as two of the nation's top prospects -- guard Mike Conley and center Greg Oden of Indianapolis Lawrence North -- will be coming in to Ohio State for a visit. Kyle Lamb has the latest update on the visit details.

Friday will be a big day for Ohio State's basketball recruiting effort, as Mike Conley and Greg Oden of Indianapolis Lawrence North will be on campus. Bucknuts has the latest on the visit details.

As expected, Conley and Oden will be taking an official visit to Ohio State—which is tentatively expected to be their last visit before ultimately making their decisions. Conley and Oden visited Wake Forest officially just 12 days ago, and have been to Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Arkansas, and North Carolina unofficially.

The pair, who was at Ohio State back in September on their last visit, will be visiting this weekend with Daequan Cook, who is already committed to the Buckeyes. All three will be using official visits, meaning their entire stay will be at the expense of the Ohio State athletic department.

As of now, it looks like they will be leaving immediately after school on Friday, May 6th, and staying for their entire allotted 48-hour period. The parents will all be making a trip up to Ohio State on Saturday to visit the campus with the players and tour the facilities.

There's still a possibility that the most recent commitment, 6-5 David Lighty of Cleveland Vila Angela – St. Joseph's, will also be taking a visit this weekend, although no confirmation has been set as of yet.

The potential fifth player in a recruiting class that many have began to call a possible "Thad Five" recruiting class, Thaddeus Young, a 6-8 wing out of Memphis, was hoping to visit this weekend as well, but scheduling issues have postponed the visit indefinitely.

Sources tell Bucknuts that Young is still hoping to visit Ohio State in possibly two weeks, but nothing is as of yet final.

The official visits by Conley, Oden, and Cook mean that the trio will not be able to participate in Jerry Watson's Great Eight AAU tournament this weekend, tentatively expected to be held at the Schottenstein Center's practice gymnasium.

Cook and Lighty are both ranked in the top 20 nationally by ScoutHoops.com. Cook is ranked second at the shooting guard position, and Lighty is ranked as the nation's third-best small forward. A verbal commitment from Conley and Oden would give the Buckeyes four players ranked within the top three at their positions, and within the top 20 in the entire country.

Young is currently ranked as the nation's top small forward, and seventh nationally overall.

There is no word on whether a decision would come from Conley and Oden immediately following their visit this weekend, or even if they could give a verbal commitment to the coaching staff while on their visit. However, it's believed they will decide to make their announcements very soon, and at the very latest, by the end of the month.

Both Conley and Oden are believed to be down to just Ohio State and Wake Forest, although Indiana, Michigan State, and North Carolina is also being mentioned by Oden, while Conley has Illinois, Michigan State, and North Carolina on his list.

Bucknuts will file a report after the visits are complete.


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