Ohio State to Recruit 9-Year-Old LeBron James Jr.

LeBron James never went to college, but he has a locker in the Ohio State basketball locker room.

Now it appears the Buckeyes are trying to land his son.

That would be his 9-year-old son, LeBron James Jr.

Ohio State beat writer Eric Seger Tweeted, “Thad Matta said LeBron James, Jr. ‘will be’ on his radar for recruiting. The kid is 9 years old.”

We’ve seen college coaches land kids in seventh and eighth grade before, and it usually hasn’t worked out. To read more of this story, click here

Mickey Mitchell Recommits to Ohio State

Mickey Mitchell has recommitted to Ohio State after decommitting last month.

“After short consideration, The Ohio State University is the only place for me, staff & players are family. Can’t wait to get back! GO BUCKS!” the 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward from Plano (TX) Tweeted.

He had taken an official visit to Ohio State last weekend.

Mitchell’s commitment comes one day after Shaker Heights (OH) power forward Esa Ahmad picked West Virginia over Ohio State and Maryland.

Mitchell’s older brother, Mike – a heralded linebacker who played as a freshman at Ohio State over the previous season – left the Ohio State football program in January, citing his father’s health as part of the reason. Mike eventually landed at Texas Tech in Lubbock. To read more of this story, click here

Mickey Mitchell Decommits from Ohio State

By CHIP MILLER

Mickey Mitchell announced Thursday evening that he has officially decommitted from The Ohio State.

“I have officially decommitted from The Ohio State University and I would like to thank their coaching staff for recruiting me,” he Tweeted.

Mitchell’s older brother, Mike – a heralded linebacker who played as a freshman at Ohio State over the previous season – left the Ohio State football program in January, citing his father’s health as part of the reason. Mike eventually landed  at Texas Tech in Lubbock. To read more of this story, click here

Austin Grandstaff to Ohio State

Three months after decommitting from Oklahoma State, Austin Grandstaff is off the board again.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Team Texas guard pledged to Ohio State Sunday after a weekend official visit.

Grandstaff, ranked No. 39 in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports, also held offers from Florida, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona, Georgetown, Virginia, Washington, Iowa State, UNLV, Texas A&M, Xavier, Creighton, Marquette, UMass, Oregon and Western Kentucky.

“Just the relationship I developed with the coaching staff,” Grandstaff told SNY.tv Sunday by phone. “I talk to Coach [Thad] Matta a lot but I really got a feel that they’re a family-oriented coaching staff and I like that. To read more of this story, click here

Trevor Thompson to Ohio State

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson is headed to Ohio State, choosing the Buckeyes over Indiana and Purdue.

“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye Show Me Love #BuckEyeNation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” he Tweeted.

The 7-foot Thompson averaged 5 points and 4.7 rebounds last season as a freshman. He opted to transfer after Buzz Williams was hired at Virginia Tech.

Ohio State has already landed Temple transfer Anthony Lee, a 6-9 forward who can play right away as a fifth-year senior.

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Temple Transfer Anthony Lee Picks Ohio State

Ant LeeTemple transfer Anthony Lee is headed to Ohio State and can play right away as a fifth-year senior.

“He made the decision today,” Anthony Lee Sr. told SNY.tv by phone. “It’s a tremendous program for Anthony’s desires as a basketball player.”

The news was previously reported by ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-9 Lee averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds this past season at Temple. To read more of this story, click here

D’Angelo Russell Shows Out at Metro Classic, Ready to Help Ohio State

By JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

UNION, N.J. — With many eyes on the marquee battle between St. Joseph’s Karl Towns and Monteverde Academy’s Ben Simmons, D’Angelo Russell used the second half of Montverde’s 79-70 victory to leave his mark on the game and lead his team to a come-from-behind victory at the Metro Classic on Sunday night at Kean University.

Russell, the 6-foot-4 2014 Ohio State-commit, finished with 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a fantastic all-around performance that had to leave Ohio State head coach Thad Matta, who was in attendance, very excited about what Russell will bring to his Buckeyes next season. To read more of this story, click here