"That's pretty much the story," his father and head coach Keith Diebler confirmed this afternoon. "Jon wants to let his intentions known tomorrow."
His father said that the local Upper Sandusky newspaper would have the honors of breaking the story, as that is how his son wanted it. Other media outlets will have an opportunity to interview the Dieblers as the day goes on.
Diebler averaged 26 points a game last season as a sophomore and has been committed to Valparaiso since before his sophomore season began. However, this summer, Diebler informed the coaching staff at Valparaiso that he wanted to explore his options.
The family gave Valparaiso a list of three schools – Ohio State, Michigan and N.C. State that they were going to visit and consider. Diebler took a pair of trips to both Ohio State and Michigan and visited N.C. State in early August.
Sources tell us that Diebler is expected to pick Ohio State tomorrow over Valparaiso against a lot of indecision within the family as to whether or not he should stick with his initial commitment and join his older brother Jake at Valparaiso. Jake is a freshman at Valparaiso this season on a full athletic scholarship.
However, Diebler reportedly enjoyed his visit to Ohio State one week ago when he visited for the Ohio State-Texas football game, and may have given strong indications of where he was leaning.
He would be the first commitment for Thad Matta in the class of 2007 if he commits to Ohio State. Fellow in-state prospects Kosta Koufos, a 7-0 forward from Canton GlenOak, and Dallas Lauderdale, a 6-9 center from Solon, are also primary targets of the Buckeyes with high interest.
Diebler is ranked as the No. 7 prospect in Ohio's star-studded junior class, according to Ohio High magazine.
Bucknuts will have coverage of Diebler's decision on Tuesday.