Ohio State landed its second women’s basketball commitment Thursday for the Class of 2018, earning a pledge from guard Janai Crooms of St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island.
The 5-foot-10, four-star guard is ranked 61st overall in the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings. She chose Ohio State over Rutgers, Michigan State and Florida, announcing her choice Thursday at the school gymnasium.
“It was important to me to find the right school academically and also a school that would feel like home,” Crooms said to the audience in front of her before announcing her decision and putting on an Ohio State sweatshirt.
Crooms, who took an official visit to Ohio State in early September, averaged 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds as a junior to help St. Andrew’s School reach the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class C title game in March.
Crooms’ commitment comes less than a month after the Buckeyes landed three-star center Aaliyah Patty from Montini Catholic in Lombard, Illinois. The two likely will earn minutes out of the gate for an Ohio State team that will graduate a significant chunk of its core after this season.
The No. 5 Buckeyes play Urbana in an exhibition Sunday before opening the regular season against No. 10 Stanford on Nov. 10 at St. John Arena.