Ohio State Basketball Recruiting Chart

Ohio State's 2006 recruiting class is at the top of the charts rankings-wise, but the Buckeye recruiting efforts are far from over, both for this year and for the future. In his latest edition of the OSU basketball recruiting chart, Kyle Lamb gives his picks of players who are on the OSU recruiting radar screen as well as who may be in the future, along with some thoughts on each player.

With the summer recruiting season winding down and four commitments in the books for Ohio State's 2006 recruiting efforts in basketball, now is as good a time as any to update a long overdue basketball recruiting chart. So to keep up with Thad Matta and the Ohio State staff, we're doing just that.

I have updated the list to make it as recent and inclusive as I can. I fully expect more prospects to pop up in the 2007 class over the next few months that we hear more about, but this information should be mostly accurate based on information from several good sources. I'll try to keep this thing updated monthly, or when it becomes necessary.

OHIO STATE BASKETBALL RECRUITING CHART

CLASS of 2006

(ScoutHoops.com position rank in parentheses)

POINT GUARDS


(#4) Mike Conley
6-1
Indianapolis, Ind.
Lawrence North
2004-2005 Stats – 10.7 PPG, 5.1 APG, 2.4 SPG, 3.0 RPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 99%

The Short – Conley is a prototypical point guard that isn't flashy but does everything well. He constantly plays under control and excels in the open floor and with a runner that he can use with either hand. The only weakness is an inconsistent outside shot, but even that is constantly improving.

The Scoop –Conley selected Ohio State along with his high school teammate Greg Oden in June. Unless something drastic happens with Ohio State in regards to the NCAA, Conley will sign a letter of intent this upcoming November.

School List: Committed to Ohio State


SHOOTING GUARDS


(#2) Daequan Cook
6-5
Dayton, Ohio
Dunbar
2004-2005 Stats – 21.5 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 54% FG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 100%

The Short –A smooth scoring guard with great instincts, a terrific mid-range game, and the ability to see the floor around him. Only a moderate defender, but continuously improves

The Scoop –Committed to Ohio State in March, and was the person that started the chain reaction to what should now be one of the top recruiting classes in a decade.

School List: Committed to Ohio State


SMALL FORWARDS


(#2) Thaddeus Young
6-8
Memphis, Tenn.
Mitchell Road
2004-2005 Stats – 24.3 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 3.4 SPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 30%

The Short –Young is a shooter who can both penetrate and rebound more than efficiently. He's a playmaker with great basketball IQ. Young does tend to shoot quite often, however, so that also tends to be his weakness.

The Scoop –Those near Young, or "Team Thaddeus," as they are referred to, prefer that he stay home and play for John Calipari at Memphis. Reportedly Young had a lot of Ohio State interest, but playing time doesn't favor OSU. Still, Ohio State continues to recruit Young, as they were seen as recently in Las Vegas watching him.

School List: Memphis leads North Carolina, Ohio State, Arkansas, Kansas, and Illinois among many others


(#6) David Lighty
6-5
Cleveland, Ohio
Villa-Angela/St. Joseph
2004-2005 Stats – 24.0 PPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 100%

The Short –Lighty is a fluid scorer with a great outside shooting touch and great basketball instincts. He's a polished athlete with a tremendous upside. He needs to get stronger and work on his handle, and he will be complete.

The Scoop -Committed to Ohio State in May. Lighty had the chance to spend some time with fellow Buckeye commitments Conley, Cook, and Greg Oden at the Reebok ABCD Camp in New Jersey.

School List: Committed to Ohio State


(#15) Jamil Tucker
6-9
Gary, Ind.
Westside
2004-2005 Stats – 24.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO
Odds – 10%

The Short –Tucker is a very skilled player who projects as a power forward at the next level, but teams question his toughness and the ability to defend stronger or quicker players. Tucker can shoot the three, although does it too often. Although listed with small forwards, he will likely play as a power forward at the next level.

The Scoop –Wants desperately to get an offer from Ohio State. He would probably commit on the spot if he got one, but sources tell Bucknuts that's highly unlikely.

School List: Ohio State, Indiana, UCLA, Purdue, Marquette and Arizona


POWER FORWARDS


(#2) Vernon Macklin
6-8
Portsmouth, Va.
Norcom
2004-2005 Stats – 22.8 PPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – YES
Odds – 40%

The Short –Macklin is reported to be a great rebounder and a solid prospect that hasn't completely lived up to his hype in full. He plays well in stretches but doesn't always give total effort or play to his ability.

The Scoop –Ohio State has recently been involved with Macklin, although doesn't figure to factor in his final decision. Macklin was planning to head straight to the NBA before the collective bargaining agreement passed. Now, he's examining his options and hopes to have a decision soon. He will likely end up at Georgetown.

School List: Georgetown leads Wake Forest, Ohio State, Virginia and North Carolina among others


(#7) Raymar Morgan
6-8
Canton, Ohio
McKinley
2004-2005 Stats – 19.9 PPG, 9.9 RPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 45%

The Short –With a terrific showing at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis, Morgan raised his stock dramatically for the few critics that remained. Morgan is tough, athletic, and a slashing rebounder with a lot of versatility. He runs the floor well and finishes in traffic. His perimeter game continues to improve.

The Scoop –There are a lot of mixed signals as recently as Thursday regarding Morgan's recruitment. He will probably take his official visits to Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State in the next couple of weeks. Sources indicate Michigan State holds a slight edge for Morgan, but do not count out Ohio State, especially with visits coming and the Buckeyes still having some advantages.

School List: Michigan State leads Ohio State, Michigan and Connecticut.


CENTERS


(#1) Greg Oden
7-0
Indianapolis, Ind.
Lawrence North
2004-2005 Stats – 20.0 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.6 BPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 99%

The Short –Simply put, there are few players in high school basketball that have ever been such a presence defensively. When he's not blocking shots, he's denying the ball and altering shots, or at very least, intimidating opposing players. His offensive skills have room to improve, and he could be more dominating at times, but make no mistake about it, he's still more advanced than your typical 7-footer.

The Scoop –Many expected that Conley would be used as a tool to get a verbal commitment from Oden, but it ended up working out in reverse. In the end, Oden was sold on Ohio State even before Conley, and the two picked Ohio State together last month at a press conference.

School List: Committed to Ohio State


CLASS of 2007

POINT GUARDS


(#1) O.J. Mayo
6-4
Cincinnati, Ohio
North College Hill
2004-2005 Stats – 27.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG
Interest Level – LOW
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – YES
Odds – <5%

The ShortMayo is the complete package. He's a strong, physical guard who steps up more times than not in the clutch. He can play any one of three guard positions, but his natural passing and leadership skills make him best suited at the point.

The Scoop – Regardless of Bob Huggins, Cincinnati seems to be in the lead, but West Virginia is a darkhorse. He plans to go to school with Bill Walker and Keenan Ellis. Ohio State has an interest in Mayo, but there's almost no chance he goes to Ohio State.

School List: Cincinnati leads West Virginia, Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, Indiana and Florida A&M


(#7) Chris Wright
6-1
Washington D.C.
St. John's College High School
2004-2005 Stats – 26.0 PPG
Interest Level – LOW
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO
Odds – <5%

The Short –Wright, not to be confused with Ohio's Chris Wright, is a scoring point guard who has a nice stroke. He still needs to become a better passer and play with more control, but he's a big time guard.

The Scoop –Both Duke and Maryland appear to be in great early shape with Wright.

School List: Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, N.C. State, Georgetown, Virginia and Wake Forest


(#15) Steven Thomas
6-0
Indianapolis, Ind.
Cathedral
2004-2005 Stats – N/A
Interest Level – LOW
Priority Level – LOW
Offer – NO
Odds – <5%

The Short –Thomas is a quick guard who is still in the early stages of development. Reportedly, Thomas is a better passer than scorer right now. Thomas has had a relatively quiet summer.

The Scoop –There isn't a whole lot to report on Thomas. His recruitment really has not received a whole lot of ink. Ohio State will be watching him, however.

School List: Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Ball State, Butler and Notre Dame


SHOOTING GUARDS


#1) Alex Legion
6-5
Beverly Hills, Mich.
Detroit Country Day
2004-2005 Stats – 21.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 54.8% FG
Interest Level – LOW
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO
Odds – 10%

The Short –Legion is probably the most talented player to come out of Country Day since Chris Webber in the early 90's. He is athletic and has a really smooth jump shot from all parts of the floor. Legion is mostly a scorer, but could really become a terrific all-around player.

The Scoop –Although Kansas and many other out of state schools will be involved with Legion, Michigan State and Michigan figure to be the definitive leaders in his recruitment. Ohio State has seen Legion and will likely recruit him.

School List: Michigan and Michigan State lead Kansas, North Carolina, and Connecticut


(#2) Eric Gordon
6-3
Indianapolis, Ind.
North Central
2004-2005 Stats – 26.5 PPG, 2.5 SPG
Interest Level – LOW
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 10%

The Short –One of the smoothest and most under control guards in the country, Gordon can score inside, outside, in the lane, and on the rebound. There's really not a lot to dislike about his game.

The Scoop –The bad news is that Ohio State has been eliminated from consideration by Gordon. The good news, however, is that they could very conceivably reappear in the future, especially if Daequan Cook may leave after one year. Illinois is the clear-cut leader for now, but expect Duke to be involved, and expect Ohio State to make one more run in the upcoming months.

School List: Illinois leads Duke, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Purdue, and Ohio State


(#8) Jon Diebler
6-6
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Upper Sandusky
2004-2005 Stats – 24.0 PPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO
Odds – 15%

The Short –Although Diebler's stock has fallen a bit this summer after a disappointing AAU season, he still remains an intriguing prospect with a high ceiling. Shot selection and playing under control are the areas in which he can improve. He still can be a deadly shooter at times, however.

The Scoop –Diebler remains committed to Valparaiso, but before it's all said and done, the family may be tempted to at least consider all of their options before signing with the Crusaders. If the process opens back up, Ohio State will be squarely in the mix.

School List: Committed to Valparaiso


(#14) E'Twaun Moore
6-4
East Chicago, Ind.
Central
2004-2005 Stats – 20.6 PPG, 11.7 RPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – YES
Odds – 20%

The Short –Moore is an explosive athlete with a good leaping ability. He's got good court awareness, but needs to get stronger. Additionally, he's a good defender. Consistency and shot selection are two areas he reportedly needs improvement.

The Scoop –Ohio State had a lot of early interest in Moore, but he has had a relatively quiet summer, and the buzz has cooled off for now.

School List: Iowa, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Missouri, Notre Dame and Ball State


(NR) Eshaunte Jones
6-3
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
North Side
2004-2005 Stats – 16.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG
Interest Level – LOW
Priority Level – LOW
Offer – NO
Odds – 5%

The Short –Jones is somewhat raw, but still a very good prospect with a moderate ceiling. He's a good scorer, and a decent athlete. He plays out of control at times, and despite pretty good quickness, he doesn't always use good judgment when it comes to pulling up for a jump shot, passing the ball, or taking it to the basket.

The Scoop –Purdue and Indiana are the early favorites for Jones, but the process is still in the early stages.

School List: N/A


(NR) Dante' Jackson
6-5
Greenfield, Ohio
McClain
2004-2005 Stats – 24.0 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 6.5 APG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO
Odds – 25%

The Short –As a prospect with still a pretty high ceiling, Jackson is still working to meet his potential. He's athletic and remotely strong, but most of all, he plays smart basketball. He still needs to find a consistent jumper and also really needs work handling the ball against pressure.

The Scoop –If Ohio State ultimately offers Jackson, there is a good chance he will commit to the Buckeyes. Until that happens, Ohio State is one of a handful of schools that Jackson likes a lot. Right now, an offer to Jackson looks unlikely, especially for the rest of the summer.

School List: Ohio State leads Xavier, Michigan, Kentucky, Dayton, North Carolina and Cincinnati


SMALL FORWARDS


(#4) Chris Wright
6-6
Trotwood, Ohio
Trotwood-Madison
2004-2005 Stats – N/A
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – LOW
Offer – NO
Odds – 15%

The Short –Recently, Wright's stock has soared to where ScoutHoops.com rates him as one of the top-25 prospects in the entire country. He's very athletic, very strong, and a tenacious rebounder. His shooting and ball-handling have a ways to go.

The Scoop –Wright's talent is too much to ignore, even for Ohio State. For now, however, his shot probably isn't to Ohio State's liking. Wright's mother will be very influential in where he goes. If Kentucky offers a scholarship, they are the favorite. Distance will also be a factor.

School List: Dayton, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio State and Xavier


(#10) Robbie Hummel
6-7
Valparaiso, Ind.
Valparaiso
2004-2005 Stats – 10.5 PPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – NO
Odds – 20%

The Short –Hummel is a good shooter with a decent frame. He's deceptively quick, and he's very active on the boards. He also finishes very well, and has a good mid-range game. His ball-handling and perimeter defense could be better.

The Scoop –Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue and Notre Dame all should feel like they have a good early shot at Hummel. Ohio State has not particularly offered him, but they do reportedly like Hummel a lot.

School List: Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Valparaiso, N.C. State and Northwestern


(#12) Rakim Sanders
6-4
Barrington, R.I.
St. Andrew's
2004-2005 Stats – 17.0 PPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 30%

The Short –Shooting is Sanders' forte, but he also has the ability to beat his man off the dribble and score in a variety of ways. His shot selection can be suspect, and defensively he's probably about average, but he's a solid prospect who could contribute early.

The Scoop –Although Providence leads for Sanders, his playing with the three Ohio State commitments at the Reebok ABCD Camp certainly didn't hurt his interest in the Buckeyes. Expect Sanders to make his choice any time between October and March.

School List: Providence leads Ohio State, Syracuse, Boston College, Connecticut, Florida, Villanova and others


POWER FORWARDS


(#6) Herb Pope
6-8
Aliquippa, Penn.
Aliquippa
2004-2005 Stats – 17.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG
Interest Level – LOW
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO
Odds – <5%

The Short –There's not a lot that Pope can't and doesn't do well. He's a good rebounder, great passer, he finishes well, and he also can score with a variety of post moves. If he extends his shooting range he will be extremely tough to defend.

The Scoop –Much like Diebler, Pope remains committed for now. If things open back up, we hear Cincinnati could be a player for him, and we also believe Ohio State will once again be involved. Rumors have Pope reportedly playing at Youngstown Ursuline this season.

School List: Committed to Pittsburgh


(#7) Kosta Koufos
7-0
Canton, Ohio
GlenOak
2004-2005 Stats – 15.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.7 BPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 50%
The Short –Although he is considered a shooter, Koufos is not afraid to mix it up inside. He played extremely well at the Nike All-American Camp, and he has proven in the past to be very tough. When it's all said and done, Koufos is expected to be well over 7-feet tall, and will be versatile enough to play any one of three positions -- the wing, power forward, or even in the post.

The Scoop –Ohio State has reportedly put themselves in a very admirable position with Koufos, who still likes Maryland, Duke, Xavier, Michigan and Michigan State. He visited Ohio State unofficially at the end of June.

School List: Ohio State leads Maryland, Duke, Michigan State, Michigan, Akron, and Xavier


(NR) DuJuan Pursley
6-9
Parma, Ohio
Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy
2004-2005 Stats – 20.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – LOW
Offer – NO
Odds – <5%

The Short –Another rangy prospect with a tremendous wingspan, Pursley has thrived in a new setting where he has reportedly improved his academics. Pursley is a shot-blocker and a good rebounder. His range offensively needs to improve.

The Scoop –In his first season at Lawrence Academy, Pursley (who reclassified and was formerly a 2006 prospect) received a lot of attention from several high-majors. He should continue to emerge as a prospect. Ohio State has taken a few looks.

School List: Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, N.C. State and others


CENTERS


(#14) Dallas Lauderdale
6-10
Solon, Ohio
Solon
2004-2005 Stats – 19.5 PPG, 13.5 RPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
Odds – 60%

The Short –Lauderdale is an enormous shot-blocker with a huge wingspan and great court awareness. He's constantly improving his post moves and even developing a bit of range. Lauderdale figures to be a big time player.

The Scoop –Proximity to home will be a very big factor in Lauderdale's recruitment, and before it's all said and done, Ohio State stands a great chance to land him. Cleveland State and Syracuse will also be factors.

School List: Ohio State leads Syracuse, Michigan State and Cleveland State


(#10) Aaron Pogue
6-9
Dayton, Ohio
Dunbar
2004-2005 Stats – 14.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – LOW
Offer – NO
Odds – 10%

The Short –When Pogue is playing with motivation, he's very physical and tough to stop. He's got good size and good strength in the paint, and he's tough to move on the blocks. He doesn't have a very good vertical leap, he has limited range, and sometimes he pouts.

The Scoop –Pogue's future might be better suited in football, but in basketball he still has the potential if he can motivate himself. He's probably not much of an Ohio State target, but Cincinnati remains heavily interested as does Dayton and others.

School List: Cincinnati leads Dayton, Ohio State, Kentucky and others


(NR) JuJuan Johnson
6-10
Indianapolis, Ind.
Franklin Central
2004-2005 Stats – N/A
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO
Odds – 20%

The Short –Johnson is rangy and tough defensively. His long wingspan (which ranges over 7 feet) makes it tough for opposing players to score inside. He is a slender kid who needs to add weight. Offensively, he's still raw but getting much better.

The Scoop –Given how raw he is, Johnson's recruitment is just beginning in full force. Ohio State is reportedly very intrigued by Johnson.

School List: Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois and Purdue


CLASS of 2008


C B.J. Mullens
6-10
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Harvest Prep
2004-2005 Stats – 17.0 PPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES

The Short –Mullens is still developing as a prospect. He is very up and down, as you would expect from a high school freshman. He needs to consistently be aggressive. Although Mullens needs to get stronger, he's very skilled and very agile.

The Scoop –Mullens Committed to Ohio State before even playing a game in high school. He played well against Terence Dials in a pick-up game on campus last fall.

School List: Committed to Ohio State


PF Yancey Gates
6-8
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hughes Center
2004-2005 Stats – 13.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – YES
The Short –Gates is a very strong kid with a nice stroke from the outside. His father often stresses for him to get tougher in the paint. His father is right. If Gates does it more often, he's got unlimited potential.

The Scoop –Gates is good friends with Mullens, and plays with him along with RaShawn Goins on the Cleveland Basketball Club. Ohio State is one of the early favorites for Gates.

School List: Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Dayton, Kentucky, Indiana and Xavier


PF Delvon Roe
6-8
Lakewood, Ohio
St. Edward
2004-2005 Stats – 16.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level –MEDIUM
Offer – NO

The Short –Roe's coach, Eric Flannery, believes this strong lefty can be as good as anyone to come out of his school, which includes Steve Logan, Sam Clancy and Jawad Williams. He's nearly unstoppable in the paint. Shooting and ball-handling can improve, however.

The Scoop –Much like everyone else, Ohio State likes Roe early on. He will be a tough get for the Buckeyes, however. Right now, Roe really likes the Tobacco Road schools—notable North Carolina and Duke. As Roe's shot gets better, expect Ohio State to turn up the heat.

School List: North Carolina, Duke, Cincinnati, Maryland, Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State and Michigan


PG Walter Offutt
6-3
Indianapolis, Ind.
Warren Central
2004-2005 Stats – 10.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.2 APG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – NO

The Short –Offutt is a quick guard with a lot of skills. He is especially a good passer with a lot of savvy. He had played well in many national camps for the youngest of stars before tearing his ACL back in the end of June.

The Scoop –The injury, which could keep him out of action until January, is only a minor setback for this kid. With Ohio State's need for taking a PG in the class of 2008, you can bet Offutt will be the top priority for Thad Matta and his staff.

School List: N/A


PF Kenny Frease
6-10
Massillon, Ohio
Perry
2004-2005 Stats – N/A
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – LOW
Offer – NO

The Short –Frease is a strong and physical kid with some skills. He's not real quick or agile at this stage.

The Scoop –Watch him over the next year to see his recruitment and see how it shapes up.

School List: N/A


WF RaShawn Goins
6-4
Cleveland, Ohio
Rhodes
2004-2005 Stats – N/A
Interest Level – HIGH
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO

The Short –Great court sense with good passing skills and a nice stroke. Needs to get in better basketball shape. After he loses some of his baby fat, he will probably be a real good prospect.

The Scoop –Goins will be a top Ohio State prospect if he continues his development.

School List: Ohio State, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Louisville, Cleveland State, Duke and Michigan


WF William Buford
6-5
Toledo, Ohio
Libbey
2004-2005 Stats – 14.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – MEDIUM
Offer – NO

The Short –Might be more of a tweener right now, but will continue to grow into either a three or a four. He has a decent outside shot but he's inconsistent. He's strong, but not always aggressive. His ball skills could improve.

School List: N/A


C Muhammed Contish
6-7
Bloomington, Ind.
South
2004-2005 Stats – N/A
Interest Level – MEDIUM
Priority Level – HIGH
Offer – NO

The Short –Strong, athletic, and skilled for his age and size. He's very raw, and more of a post player with limited perimeter ability. However, Contish has a high ceiling.

The Scoop –Ohio State has already seen Contish a couple of times. They will most likely continue to evaluate him. Contish already has an offer from some in-state schools, and Nebraska.

School List: Nebraska, Iowa, Ball State, Ohio State, Purdue and Indiana among others.


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