By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
Payton Dastrup committed to The Ohio State University on Thursday.
A 6-foot-9, 220 pound power forward out of Mesa Mountain View High School (AZ), Dastrup will add considerable length to the front line of a new-look Buckeyes team.
Dastrup’s father, David Dastrup, said that the Ohio State visit was mostly about seeing how Payton would like the atmosphere.
“Having the opportunity to see the way the coaching staff creates a unity and a family-type atmosphere between themselves and the players was important to us,” David told Eleven Warriors.com, following the visit. “We were impressed with the unity and support demonstrated by everyone associated with the program.” To read more of this story, click here
Myles Turner, one of the top big men in the Class of 2014, has set an official visit to Ohio State for Oct. 19, according to multiple reports.
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta, Texas head coach Rick Barnes and SMU head coach Larry Brown all saw Turner work out on Monday, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.
The 6-foot-11 Turner will also host in-home visits Wednesday with Texas’ Barnes and Kentucky coach John Calipari and then with Duke on Thursday, his father confirmed to SNY.tv.
Turner, who looks like a future NBA lottery pick, recently cut his list to eight schools: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma State.
His only previous set official visit is to Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog” Oct. 4.
Turner previously told SNY.tv he will likely sign late.
“I’m going to probably verbally commit somewhere late school season but I’m not going to sign a Letter of Intent until the late signing period,” he told SNY.tv in the above video Friday at the Big Strick Classic. “Maybe like January, February. I don’t want to hold everything for too long, bring too much drama into it.”
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Following his second visit to Ohio State on Monday, D’Angelo Russell had seen enough to pull the trigger.
“Just the environment pretty much turned me on,” the 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard out of Montverde (FL) Academy told SNY.tv by phone. “I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff and I really feel like this was the best opportunity to be the best that I could be, and I feel like today was a really good day to decide.”
The No. 22 prospect in the Class of 2014 per Rivals, Russell returned from his second visit to Ohio State Monday. He said he also strongly considered Michigan State.
“I didn’t go through the process of cutting my list, but I built a good relationship with them,” he said. “Honestly, if anybody was closest to them it was probably Michigan State.”
A Louisville native, Russell helped Coach Kevin Boyle’s Montverde club win the ESPN NHSI in April, defeating Syracuse-bound Tyler Ennis and St. Benedict’s Prep, 67-65. To read more of this story, click here
Ohio State President Gordon Gee took shots at Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the SEC in a December meeting of the school’s Athletic Council, according to The Associated Press.
On the Big Ten negotiating with Notre Dame, Gee, a Mormon, said: “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week.
“You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”
On Notre Dame joining the ACC: “Notre Dame wanted to have its cake and eat it, too.”
On SEC fans who say the Big Ten struggles with math because it has 14 teams: ”You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing.” To read more of this story, click here
Ohio State junior DeShaun Thomas is headed to the NBA Draft.
A veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv he could go late first round, while DraftExpress.com has him going at No. 22 in the second round.
“He’s a big, strong left,” the scout said. “He led the Big Ten in scoring and free throw shooting. Inside or outside as well as off the bounce, he can and will score the ball.”
“My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said. “I have grown tremendously as an individual and as a basketball player. I intend to return to finish my degree, but I believe that now is the best opportunity to pursue my dream and begin my career as a professional basketball player. I will always be a Buckeye and am blessed to be a part of the Ohio State University family.” To read more of this story, click here
This is turning out to be quite a weekend for Ohio State.
As of Sunday, they are in the final of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn., where they will face Washington later today.
Thad Matta’s squad also landed a verbal pledge from Keita Bates-Diop, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from University High (Ill.) and the Illinois Wolves AAU outfit.
“Official committed to THE Ohio st university!!,” he Tweeted.
An athletic wing, Bates-Diop reportedly also considered llinois, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State.
The commitment was previously reported by Scout.com.
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Baltimore Mount St. Joseph shooting guard Kameron Williams has committed to Ohio State.
“Yes, Kam will attend Ohio State,” Baltimore Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey told SNY.tv Tuesday evening.
Clatchey said the Buckeyes are getting a good citizen and player who can score.
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NEW YORK — Three schools are almost certain to make Jordan Mickey’s final list of five or six schools, his father told SNY.tv Saturday night.
“Ohio State definitely is in; Louisville and SMU are definitely making the cut,” James Wright Mickey said at the Big Strick Classic before his son went for 13 rebounds, 5 points, 4 blocks and 2 assists as the USA team beat the NYC team, 87-86, at the City College of New York.
Khadeem Lattin (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Robert Hubbs (14 points) were named Co-MVPs for the USA team. To read more of this story, click here
Amedeo Della Valle is headed to Ohio State.
The 6-foot-5, 183-pound combo guard from Findlay Prep chose the Buckeyes Saturday over Arizona and Texas A&M.
“Probably the level of competition and the kind of guys they have,” the 19-year-old Italian guard said of why he chose Ohio State. “They are great guys and they have great coaches. Coach [Thad] Matta is a great coach.
“Those are the things that made me decide.” To read more of this story, click here
Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is headed to the NBA.
After guiding the Buckeyes to the Final Four, the sophomore opted to end his college career and declare for the draft.
Sullinger is the No. 6 prospect among the Top 100 on DraftExpress.com.
“Going to the Final Four with a team that many people said we weren’t good enough, weren’t strong enough, weren’t mentally tough enough, and still being able to get to the Final Four with all the ups and downs we had, I think that was tremendous for this basketball team,” Sullinger said, flanked by his parents and coach Thad Matta in Columbus, Ohio, according to the AP. To read more of this story, click here