Last summer, close friends Justin Ahrens and Darius Bazley committed to Ohio State together for its 2018 recruiting class. Today, Bazley announced that he was de-committing from the Buckeyes in order to examine other options while keeping the option open to stick with the program.

 

In a text message to the Dispatch, Ahrens said that while Bazley’s decision impacts him, he has no plans to waver from his commitment.

 

“I plan on staying fully committed to OSU and I’m ready and excited for what’s ahead of me and the future of Ohio State Basketball,” Ahrens said.

 

The 6-5, 181-pound forward from Versailles, Ohio, is listed as a three-star prospect by websites 247Sports, Scout and Rivals. He was named to the All-USA Ohio boys basketball first team, joining Ohio State 2017 signee and future teammate Kaleb Wesson. As a junior, Ahrens averaged 23.5 points per game.


Brother for life no matter what !! I respect you and your decisions brodie https://t.co/3ENt1oLWQn


— Justin Ahrens (@ahrensjustin12) April 26, 2017

 

Bazley, from Cincinnati Princeton, is listed as the top Ohio prospect in the class of 2018 by ESPN.

 

The class of 2018 now stands at two players. Joining Ahrens is Upper Arlington, Ohio, guard Dane Goodwin, listed as a four-star prospect.

 

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