One of Ohio State’s top in-state recruiting targets for the class of 2022 is transferring schools.
Shawn Phillips Jr., a four-star center from Dayton, will playing at a brand-new prep school created by Elgin Bates, the father of five-star recruit Emoni Bates. According to ESPN, the new school, called Ypsi prep Academy, will be a satellite campus to Aim High Academy and play a national schedule.
Bates’ father told ESPN that all classes are NCAA certified and approved.
The 6-10, 250-pound Phillips is a four-star prospect, the No. 2 Ohioan in his class and the No. 45 national recruit. The Buckeyes have offered him a scholarship, as have Cincinnati and Indiana.
Asked what his goals are for the new school, Phillips said, "To win a lot of games, create chemistry and have fun. It was a very tough decision."
The younger Bates, who has been described as a generational talent and is widely regarded as the best basketball recruit since LeBron James, announced his verbal commitment for Michigan State during a live SportsCenter appearance Monday afternoon. He is the first top-ranked player in the 247Sports.com composite rankings to commit to a Big Ten program since Eric Gordon signed with Indiana in 2007.