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

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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

D’Angelo Russell is Back in Full Force

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- D’Angelo Russell is back in full force after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus two months ago.

He scored 17 points in a 98-39 win over South Atlanta (Ga.) in the Wild Wing Hoops Classic on Friday afternoon.

“It feels good,” Russell told SNY.tv after the win. “It feels great to be able to play with my team again.” To read more of this story, click here

Do Aaron Craft & LaQuinton Ross Have NBA Futures?

By DAN KELLY

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NEW YORK — If rosy red cheeks were coveted NBA skills, then Aaron Craft would be Andrew Wiggins and “Play like Crap for Craft” would be a bonafide NBA strategy.

But those cheeks are helpless charms and Craft’s NBA potential is as questionable as his jump shot.

The four-year starter, Academic All-American, and veteran of March  went for 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists as No. 3 Ohio State rallied from an eight-point deficit with 58 seconds to play to beat Notre Dame 64-61 on Saturday night in the BlackRock Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Craft is projected to go in the second round of the 2014 DraftExpress mock draft. To read more of this story, click here

Dastrup commits to Ohio State

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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 Sets Ohio State Visit; Will Host In-Homes (UPDATED)

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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D’Angelo Russell to Ohio State, Wants Okafor to Join Him

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