Babbitt Returns From Ohio State Visit

Luke Babbitt is one of the most heavily sought-after players in the Western portion of the United States. On Saturday, the 6-8 junior forward visited one of his final five schools and shared his thoughts about that trip. Find out how Ohio State stacked up and what's next for Babbitt with regard to his decision.

Junior Luke Babbitt was returning Sunday from his first visit to Ohio State. The 6-8 forward from Reno Galena has now visited four of his final five selections.

How did the visit go for the No. 24-ranked player in the class of 2008? He spoke with about his trip to Columbus as well as his recruitment.

Babbitt is averaging 27 points and 10.5 rebounds a game this season. His team has played a brutal schedule including numerous out-of-state trips and against some of the top teams in the nation. Galena is 12-9 on the season.

"It's really helped us playing these teams," Babbitt said from a lay-over flight with his mother and father in Atlanta, "and I'm sure it's helped me individually. It's been really tough but we've improved as a team."

So far, Babbitt has visited UCLA, Arizona and Nevada. He can now add Ohio State to the list of schools he's seen.

He's also considering Gonzaga.

Babbitt talked about his trip to Ohio State with his mother and father, who both are from Ohio. His father has relatives in Southern Ohio while his mother's parents live in Chillicothe, 45 minutes south of Columbus.

"I had a great visit," he said. "I met with the coaches and toured the campus. Obviously the game was a fun one to watch."

On his visit, which began around 6 PM Eastern on Saturday and lasted until Sunday afternoon, Babbitt watched Ohio State's game against Michigan State as well as took a tour of the dorms, athletic facilities and some of the academic buildings on campus.

Despite growing up in Ohio until the fifth grade and professing to be a Buckeye fan as a kid, it was the first time he had seen Ohio State play in person.

"I have been watching them on television a lot obviously but it was a crazy atmosphere," he said of the game. "I had fun seeing how they play. I really got a feel for them."

The reserved Babbitt said his visit was about what he had expected. Now he must make the decision if and when to visit Gonzaga, a team that has long been on his list.

"I haven't decided if I'll visit them and if so whether before the season or after the season and that kind of thing," he added.

Babbitt said he will let the rest of his high school season play out before making a decision on college. In Nevada, his state championship would be Feb. 24 if Galena is able to make it that far.

"It's pretty much my No. 1 goal to win the state," he said. "AAU season, college stuff, all that is going to be talked about as soon as the season is over but I'd like to win state."

As far as a more precise time table...

"I haven't decided what I'm going to do," he added. "I will have to sit down and talk about it with my family now."

UCLA, Arizona and Nevada have been on Babbitt's list for much longer than Ohio State. Although he said each school had different advantages and disadvantages, he was asked about stacking up his visits to the four schools.

"They're all great schools and such," Babbitt replied. "I think I've got a pretty good feel now and a good feel for all the schools."

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