Armaan Franklin has moved around a bit in his high school career. After playing for Indianapolis Cathedral as a freshman, transferring to nearby Fishers as a sophomore and then returning to Cathedral this year, he’s now been tasked with moving from shooting guard to running the point as a junior.
Up next, in about a year and a half: a move to college. The 6-5, 185-pound Franklin holds nine Division I scholarship offers and added one from Ohio State during a weekend when he took an unofficial visit to see an upset home win against No. 1 Michigan State.
“It was a great experience, them going against the top team in the country at the time,” Franklin told The Dispatch a few days later. “That performance was great. The atmosphere was great. I was right in front of the student section so I got to get the whole vibe of Ohio State while I was there.
“I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been watching them all year. They’re playing pretty well to me. I just wanted to see how they would go against heavy, heavy competition and a great team like Michigan State. It really opened my eyes a lot.”
It was Franklin’s first visit to Ohio State, but far from his first time interacting with Chris Holtmann’s coaching staff, he said.
“They first started recruiting me when they were at Butler and when they made the transition over the summer that’s when they started contacting me,” Franklin said. “I’ve talked to them for a while now.”
While on campus, Franklin said he got to spend time with Holtmann as well as assistant coach Mike Schrage. He also spent time with Keion Brooks, a four-star small forward prospect from Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side also in the class of 2019 , and Pierce Thomas, a freshman from Brownsburg, Indiana.
They were part of about a dozen recruits in attendance for the game including Zach Loveday, Ethan Morton and Dominiq Penn. Those three are all from the class of 2020 and took in a football game together on unofficial visits this past fall.
An under-the-radar recruit for the class of 2019, Franklin is not ranked by 247Sports.com. He said he also holds scholarship offers from Butler, Xavier, Toledo, Ball State, Miami University, Morehead State, Evansville and IUPUI. From that group, Franklin said the Buckeyes and Bulldogs are recruiting him the hardest. The move to point guard this year has helped his stock with some schools, he said, because it shows his versatility. Franklin said he could play either guard position in college.
“(I’m looking for) a place where I’m comfortable with the coaching staff and the environment around the players,” he said. “I’m kind of a low-key kid so I’m kind of looking for a place to open me up to trying new things and be a vocal guy and not be the sky person that I am, just a place that I feel comfortable and feel like home.”
Franklin said he doesn’t have any more trips on his immediate itinerary and that he’s in no rush to make a college decision.
“I still have the whole rest of the high school season and AAU season to figure all of that out,” he said. “I’m waiting to see how I feel after AAU to decide on where I want to spend the next four years.”