Summer is when AAU basketball really takes hold of the recruiting landscape, but the live evaluation periods each April provide meaningful looks into who certain schools are starting to target for upcoming recruiting classes.
This past weekend marked the first of the two live evaluation periods, and Ohio State’s coaches were consistently cited by national media outlets as having been on hand to watch one recruit or another. Here’s a look at which recruits the Buckeyes were linked to during the weekend. All players are listed in alphabetical order and all recruiting rankings are according to 247Sports.com.
Harlond Beverly and DJ Carton, 2019
A pair of recruiting targets played against each other in front of a host of college coaches. The Buckeyes have been pursuing Carton in recent weeks, visiting him at his home and also hosting him on an unofficial visit. Carton is a 6-1, 180-pound point guard from Bettendorf, Iowa, who is the No. 3 prospect at his position and the overall No. 34 prospect. Beverly, too, has had an in-home visit with the Buckeyes and taken an unofficial visit to campus, and the 6-4, 167-pound point guard from Southfield (Mich.) Christian is the No. 6 prospect at his position and overall No. 58 prospect. Both have offers from the Buckeyes.
Anthony Harris, 2019
A combo guard from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI Catholic, the 6-3, 185-pound Harris was watched by the Buckeyes along with Virginia Tech’s Buzz Williams, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing and coaches from Wake Forest, Maryland and Louisville. Ohio State has offered Harris, who is the No. 2 prospect from Virginia, No. 10 combo guard in the nation and the overall No. 71 prospect.
Isaiah Jackson, 2020
Listed at 6-7, 190 pounds, the four-star power forward from Detroit Old Redford Academy had Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Michigan’s John Beilein, Missouri’s Cuonzo Martin and coaches from Ohio State, USC and Mississippi State watching him, according to Rivals. He is a four-star prospect and the No. 25 overall prospect in his recruiting class. The Buckeyes are not known to have offered him yet.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, 2019
The 6-9, 210-pound power forward/center from Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove is ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 30 overall prospect in the nation. Holtmann visited Jackson-Davis earlier in the week, and the Buckeyes have offered. According to Rivals.com, they were spotted watching him alongside Indiana’s Archie Miller, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Izzo and coaches from Iowa and Virginia Tech.
E.J. Liddell, 2019
Holtmann and assistant coach Ryan Pedon paid Liddell an in-home visit April 8, and Ohio State was spotted by Rivals watching Liddell. A four-star recruit from Belleview (Ill.) West, Liddell is the No. 2 overall player from Illinois, the No. 8 power forward in the nation and the overall No. 52 recruit. The Buckeyes have offered, and they were watching the 6-7, 220-pound power forward alongside Illinois coach Brad Underwood, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber, Martin and coaches from Northwestern, Florida and Marquette.
Jeremy Roach, 2020
A five-star point guard prospect, the 6-2, 165-pound recruit from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI Catholic had a lengthy list of programs watching him. According to Rivals, those head coaches included Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Villanova’s Jay Wright, Connecticut’s Dan Hurley, Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing, Texas’ Shaka Smart, Miami’s Jim Larranaga as well as coaches from Wake Forest, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Ohio State. The Buckeyes are not known to have offered yet. Roach is the No. 13 overall prospect in his class and the nation’s No. 2 point guard.
Jaden Springer, 2020
According to phenomhoopreport.com, the Buckeyes were checking on the five-star prospect alongside the likes of Kansas, UCLA, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Villanova, Tennessee, Auburn and Kentucky. A 6-2, 176-pound shooting guard from Charlotte Rocky River, Springer is the nation’s No. 21 overall prospect in his class and No. 6 at his position. Ohio State is not known to have offered yet.
Marcus Watson, 2019
Holtmann visited the four-star shooting guard from Bedford, Ga., in late March, and the Buckeyes watched him last weekend. The 6-6, 205-pound Watson is the No. 7 overall prospect in Georgia, the No. 11 shooting guard prospect in the nation and the overall No. 95 recruit. According to Rivals, those watching Watson included Oregon’s Dana Altman, Florida State’s Hamilton, Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner, Virginia Tech’s Williams and Virginia’s Bennett. The Buckeyes are not known to have offered.