Exactly one week ago, the ranking for the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s recruiting class of 2018 was basically undefined. Or, depending on how you look at it, tied for last.
That’s what happens with no verbal commitments for the class, which is where the Buckeyes found themselves midway through September.
Now, after what will go down as one of the most prolific recruiting weeks in the history of the program, new coach Chris Holtmann boasts a four-player class that averages out to a top-10 national ranking.
According to the national rankings compiled by 247Sports.com, Ohio State’s class of 2018 now sits ninth nationally. Interestingly, though, that puts them only fifth-best in the Big Ten, behind Indiana (No. 3), Michigan State (No. 4), Michigan (No. 6) and Northwestern (No. 8).
Rivals.com has the Buckeyes at No. 11 nationally but also fifth in the Big Ten behind the same schools: Michigan State (No. 1), Indiana (5), Michigan (7) and Northwestern (9). ESPN has not yet published class rankings for 2018.
247Sports and Rivals have the Ohio State class split evenly among four- and three-star recruits. Shooting guard Luther Muhammad and power forward Jaedon LeDee are both four-star recruits while guard Duane Washington and small forward Justin Ahrens are three-star recruits.
LeDee kicked off the week with a Tuesday night commitment. Washington followed one day later, and Muhammad announced his decision Friday night. Ahrens committed Sunday morning while on an official visit.
Three of the four are included on the latest Rivals top 150 list: Muhammad (No. 71), LeDee (79) and Ahrens (138).
The Buckeyes are still planning on adding a point guard to close out the class and remain heavily involved with Elijah Weaver from Oldsmar (Florida) Christian; Will Richardson from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia; and Andrew Nembhard from Montverde (Florida) Academy.