Ohio State men's basketball | Coaches staying busy on the recruiting trail

Adam Jardy

Having officially signed Ibrahima Diallo on April 19, Ohio State is done with its 2019 recruiting class.

Now, the attention turns toward a key 2020 class to back up the top-10 one that will arrive on campus this summer and suit up for the Buckeyes in the fall. Ohio State does not yet have any commitments for the class of 2020 and has two open spots, a figure that could change between now and then.

Monday, coach Chris Holtmann announced the hiring of Jake Diebler as an assistant coach. He takes the place of Mike Schrage, the new head coach at Elon, and again gives the Buckeyes a full contingent of full-time coaches. Diebler is jumping in at a crucial time, as the Buckeyes have been on the road meeting with a number of recruits for the class of 2020 and beyond.

“It’s always a challenge when you have a really good recruiting class to back that up with another really good recruiting class,” Holtmann said April 10. “That’s what we need to do. As we continue to build our roster, that has to happen. Now what’s that going to look like? Two guys, three guys, more than that? I’m not sure at this point. I think we’re positioned well, but these next months are critical for that. In some cases, a shorter timeframe. It’s a lot of work. It’s going to be a lot of travel and a lot of time on the phone and continuing to build relationships.”

Here’s an alphabetical list of recruits the Buckeyes have been linked with in recent days. All are in the class of 2020 unless otherwise noted. This is only a partial list, so check back for further updates as more details emerge in the coming days and weeks.

Henry Coleman, SF, Richmond (Virginia) Trinity Episcopal School

Monday, the Buckeyes visited the 6-6, 190-pound Coleman, who holds offers from Kansas, Maryland, LSU and others. A four-star recruit, Coleman is the No. 3 recruit from his state, the No. 14 prospect at his position and the overall No. 46 recruit in the composite rankings.

Cade Cunningham, SF, Montverde (Florida) Academy

The nation’s No. 8 overall recruit and a five-star prospect, Cunningham was visited by the Buckeyes this week. The 6-6, 215-pound Cunningham is the No. 2 recruit from Florida and No. 3 small forward in the nation.

Ebenezer Dowuona, C, Newnan (Georgia) The Heritage School

Minnesota, Auburn, Missouri and others have offered the 6-10, 220-pound Dowuona. A four-star recruit, Dowuona is the No. 10 recruit from Georgia, No. 16 prospect at his position and overall No. 123 recruit in the composite rankings.

Kalen Etzler, PF, Convoy (Ohio) Crestview

Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon took a visit to Crestview late last week, presumably to check in on the state’s top recruit in the 2021 class. A 6-8, 195-pound forward, Etzler is a four-star recruit in the 247Sports rankings and No. 48 recruit nationally. He holds early offers from Bowling Green, Miami, Ohio, and Duquense.

Cam’Ron Fletcher, SF, St. Louis (Missouri) Vashon

A four-star recruit, Fletcher was visited by Holtmann during the week. He’s the No. 2 prospect from his state, the No. 11 prospect at his position and the overall No. 38 national recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Dawson Garcia, C, Prior Lake, Minnesota

The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Garcia was visited at school April 19 by Holtmann and special assistant to the head coach Mike Netti, who had been filling in for Schrage until Diebler was hired. A four-star recruit in the composite rankings, Garcia is ranked as the No. 30 national recruit, the No. 2 prospect from Minnesota and No. 6 center in the country and holds an offer from Ohio State.

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and others are among his scholarship offers.

Keon Johnson, SG, Bell Buckle (Tennessee) The Webb School

A four-star recruit, Johnson was expected to be visited by the Buckeyes this week, according to reports. 247Sports ranks him as the nation’s No. 32 overall recruit and No. 7 prospect at his position.

The 6-5, 180-pound Johnson holds offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt (Diebler’s prior stop), Virginia, Florida and others.

Zach Loveday, C, Huntington (West Virginia) Prep

Long a target for Ohio State, the 7-foot Loveday who transferred from Gallipolis (Ohio) Gallia Academy midseason was visited by Holtmann and assistant Ryan Pedon on April 20. Loveday holds scholarship offers from Michigan, Indiana, Louisville, Florida and others.

247Sports ranks him as a four-star recruit, the No. 2 prospect from Ohio, the No. 8 center in the nation and overall No. 52 recruit.

Moses Moody, SG, Montverde Academy

On an April 23 double stop to the school, Holtmann and Pedon visited the four-star recruit and a photo was posted to Twitter.

Thanks for the visit! @OhioState HC Chris Holtmann and assistant Ryan Pedon! @OhioStateHoops

— Rona Moody (@MzRMoody) April 24, 2019
The 6-5, 180-pound Moody is listed as the No. 5 prospect from Florida, the No. 8 shooting guard in the nation and the overall No. 36 recruit nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Mark Williams, C, Norfolk (Virginia) Academy

Another 7-foot prospect, the 225-pound Williams was visited by the Buckeyes on Monday according to reports. He holds offers from Stanford, Clemson, Florida, Georgetown and others. The 247Sports composite rankings list him as the No. 54 national recruit, the No. 6 center prospect in the nation, the No. 4 player from Virginia and a four-star recruit.


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