This weekend will go a long way toward determining if Ohio State winds up over-signing for its 2020 recruiting class.
Monday, the Buckeyes accepted a verbal commitment from four-star wing Eugene Brown III from Decatur (Georgia) Southwest DeKalb, putting them at their maximum of 13 scholarship players for the 2020-21 season but with a caveat: that nobody would leave before exhausting their eligibility.
In the modern landscape of college basketball, that’s seldom the case. And even given that possibility, the Buckeyes are facing the reality that junior center Kaleb Wesson very well could play his way into the NBA with another strong season.Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our BuckeyeXtra newsletter
This means that coach Chris Holtmann is still in the market for a post player to help address what could be a significant hole on the roster should Wesson begin his professional career.
All of this leads to this weekend and a pair of post players who remain on the radar for the Buckeyes. Four-star center Zach Loveday, a 7-foot native of Gallipolis, Ohio, who is playing at Huntington (West Virginia) Prep, has been scheduled to take an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.
That would be two weeks since Zed Key, a power forward from Glen Head (New York) Long Island Lutheran, took his official visit to Ohio State. Now, with the roster already at essentially maximum capacity and Loveday’s visit pending, Key announced today that he will be making his college decision Sunday at 2 p.m.
College announcement Sunday @ 2pm @LuHiBasketball pic.twitter.com/NVD1pxHYA9
— Zed Key (@ZedBasketball14) September 18, 2019
It’s not immediately clear if Loveday’s visit is still scheduled to take place, although it remained on the calendar as of Monday afternoon when Brown’s decision was announced. Key has not officially cut his list, and after his Ohio State visit his father, Zed Key Sr., told The Dispatch that visits were planned to Marquette during the weekend of Sept. 21 and then to Florida the following week. You can read the full story by clicking here.
Another post player who was scheduled to be visiting, four-star power forward Henry Coleman from Richmond (Virginia) Episcopal School, instead is announcing his college decision in nine days and won’t be coming to Columbus.
“He’s working on the list,” Key Sr. said of his son after the Ohio State visit. “We’re sitting down as a family and just taking a look and seeing what schools we feel would be the best fit and where he really wants to take a look at. Right now, he’s still definitely open but we’ll see. The list is going to be trimming probably soon.”
Now a decision has been made, and Ohio State is definitely on the list. What it means for the weekend isn’t immediately clear, but there’s a chance the Buckeyes might have their 2020 class wrapped up for the early signing period by the start of the next work week.