Men's basketball | Ohio State leads Big Ten in final ESPN recruiting rankings

Adam Jardy
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann yells from the bench during the first half of the NCAA basketball game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Nov. 7, 2018. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

Three of Ohio State’s signees for the class of 2019 are listed among the top 40 recruits in the nation in ESPN’s final revisions to its rankings.

D.J. Carton leads the way. The point guard from Bettendorf, Iowa, is the No. 32 recruit in the nation and a four-star prospect. He’s the top prospect from his state and the No. 7 point guard prospect in the nation.

Three spots behind sits E.J. Liddell, a four-star power forward from Belleville (Illinois) West. Liddell is the No. 35 recruit in the nation, the top prospect from his state and the No. 10 prospect at his position.

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Rounding out the top 40 is Alonzo Gaffney, a four-star small forward from Cleveland who transferred to Wolfeboro (New Hampshire) Brewster Academy for his senior season. The No. 40 recruit in the nation, Gaffney is the top prospect from his state and the No. 9 small forward prospect in the nation.

Carton is the third-highest Big Ten signee on the list, behind No. 26 Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) and No. 30 Rocket Watts Jr. (Michigan State). After Gaffney, the next-highest Big Ten signee is Kofi Cockburn at No. 46. He just signed with Illinois.

Twelve members of the top 100 have signed with Big Ten schools, and Ohio State leads the league with three top-100 signees.

The fourth member of Ohio State’s class, 7-foot-tall center Ibrahima Diallo, is unranked in the ESPN database. Overall, ESPN ranks the class No. 11 nationally and tops in the Big Ten.


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