For a while, Ohio State had three commitments for its 2018 recruiting class. Then it had two, then zero, then one and then back to zero again entering this week.
Now, in the span of two days, the Buckeyes have two. One day after four-star power forward Jaedon LeDee of The Kinkaid School in Houston committed to coach Chris Holtmann’s program via a video on Twitter, four-star guard Duane Washington followed suit and became the second member of Ohio State’s class of 2018.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Washington is ranked as the No. 31 shooting guard prospect in the country by ESPN. He originally hails from Grand Rapids (Michigan) Christian but transferred to Chatsworth Sierra Canyon in California in part so he could live with his uncle, five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher, according to 247Sports.com. ESPN, which has not yet updated his profile since the move, ranks him as the No. 8 overall prospect from Michigan.
247Sports and Rivals.com both rank him as a three-star prospect, with the former ranking him No. 289 nationally. The Buckeyes offered him a scholarship in August. He’s listed as a point guard but can play at both positions.
Washington’s last official visit was to check out Holtmann’s program last weekend, capping a busy stretch in which he took official visits to UCLA (Sept. 8) and Oregon (Sept. 12). Michigan coach John Beilein visited Washington on Monday, and the Wolverines have offered.
With at least five available scholarships for next year, Ohio State is likely to add two more guards in this class.