Malaki Branham, Efton Reid official visits lead big recruiting weekend for Ohio State

Adam Jardy
The Ohio State University athletic department logo, 2017. [provided by OSU]

The top-ranked juniors from both Ohio and Virginia will lead a list of recruits for the Ohio State men’s basketball team this weekend.

Malaki Branham, a four-star combo guard from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, and Efton Reid, a four-star power forward from Richmond Steward School, are both taking official visits to the Buckeyes this weekend. Both are national top-30 recruits, with Branham and Reid at Nos. 25 and 28, respectively, in the composite rankings.

The Buckeyes have two verbal commitments for 2020 and are done recruiting for that class, allowing them to shift their focus forward to other classes. They have two four-star Ohioans in their class of 2021 as well in Convoy Crestview power forward Kalen Etzler and Willoughby Andrews Osborne Academy point guard Meechie Johnson Jr.

Both Etzler and Johnson discussed their desire to recruit Branham to join them in their class at Ohio State. You can read about that in this story.

Rutgers and Virginia have offered Reid. Xavier, Akron and Alabama, among others, have offered Branham.

Branham and Reid aren’t the only 2021 recruits on campus this weekend. Joining them are Charles Bediako and Kordell Charles, a pair of four-star teammates from St. Catharines (Ontario) Andrews Osborne Academy in Canada. Bediako is the No. 6 center prospect in his class and the overall No. 40 recruit while Charles is the No. 23 power forward in his class and the No. 118 overall recruit.

In addition to Ohio State, Illinois, Baylor, Providence and others have offered Bediako. The Buckeyes have not offered Charles, but USC, Ohio, Detroit and others have.

Both Bediako and Charles are on unofficial visits, as are three sophomores in the class of 2022.

Cincinnati Princeton shooting guard Bowen Hardman, who also took an unofficial visit during the weekend of September 7 alongside eventual commitment Zed Key, will be on campus. He’ll be joined by Shawn Phillips from Ypsilanti (Michigan) Belmont and small forward D’Ante Davis from Indianapolis Lawrence Central.

Phillips is the No. 2 prospect from Michigan, the No. 6 center in the nation and overall No. 39 recruit. Hardman and Davis are unranked in the 247Sports ratings. Hardman is known to have an offer from Xavier, while Nebraska, Butler and Xavier have offered Davis.


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