With two verbal commitments already in the fold and one open roster spot remaining, Ohio State has predominantly adhered to its search for a post player or center to fill out its 2019 recruiting class.
Brandon Newman has proved himself an exception. Although he could project as a wing in college, the 6-foot-3, 170 pound Newman is listed as a shooting guard and is being actively recruited by the Buckeyes to potentially close out their recruiting class.
It led Newman to take an unofficial visit to check out the program August 13, and it has him working to schedule an official visit for likely mid-September. The biggest question, though, of whether the Buckeyes would take another guard in the class?
That was atop the list of discussion points for his last visit.
“I definitely had some questions about that, but on my unofficial they answered all those questions for me,” he told The Dispatch in a phone interview. “I’m looking forward to setting up a date for an official.”
A four-star shooting guard from Valparaiso, Indiana, who will be playing for Montverde (Fla.) Academy for his senior season, Newman took his unofficial visit to Ohio State the same day he took one to Xavier. The visits were ones Newman said he had been trying to schedule since June. He has one official visit already set: he will go to Purdue on August 30.
Ohio State has a commitment from five-star point guard DJ Carton for its class, and you can listen to my podcast about his commitment by clicking here. Next season, the Buckeyes are already slated to have four true guards on the roster: redshirt junior CJ Walker, sophomores Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. and Carton. In addition, would-be junior Musa Jallow is a swingman who is officially listed as a guard.
The Buckeyes have told Newman that there would still be room for him in the rotation. He could also present himself as an option more on the wing than just in the backcourt.
“They mentioned their offense,” he said. “They’re going to run a four-out, one-in, ball-screen motion offense so they want to put me in ball screens and have chances for me to make shots and play defense.”
247Sports.com ranks Newman as the No. 13 prospect from Florida, the No. 19 shooting guard in the nation and the No. 108 overall recruit.
The Buckeyes have an official visit scheduled for the weekend of August 31, when four-star forward E.J. Liddell will come to town. This weekend, they will host a pair of prospect on unofficial visits: Zeke Nnaji, a four-star power forward prospect from Hopkins, Minnesota, and Qudus Wahab, a four-star center from Ashburn (Virginia) Flint Hill School. It is unlikely that they would take more than three players in this recruiting class.
Newman said he’s not in a rush to make a decision or announce a list of top schools.
“As far as that goes, there’s no real timetable as to when I’ll make a decision or when I’ll cut a list down,” he said. “I still remain open at this point.”