Ohio State offers elite 2025 basketball recruit Darryn Peterson

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann cheers on his team during Sunday's NCAA Division I Big Ten conference basketball game against the Michigan Wolverines at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on February 21, 2021.

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Peterson essentially had a basketball in his hand as soon as he could walk. By the tail end of elementary school, it was clear his talent could take him places. Now, as he begins his freshman year of high school basketball, the hard work is paying off with a national recruitment that only figures to intensify.

Peterson’s offer list increased by one late last week when Ohio State made him the first member of the 2025 recruiting class to receive a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

“We’ve been talking to Kentucky and some other places, but this means more to him than anything because he’s an Ohio kid,” his father, Darryl, told The Dispatch. “He almost felt at one point like the big places are reaching out, when’s Ohio State coming in? All of a sudden, Ohio State came. He’s an Ohio kid, and he always had dreams about playing at Akron U. because I played there but I tell him, ‘Hey, forget about Akron. I was small-time compared to you.’

“He’s really grateful about the Ohio State offer. It means more to him than any of them.”

A Cincinnati native, Darryl Peterson scored 1,377 points for the Zips from 2001-06. Injuries cut short his career, but now his son is picking up where he left off. This spring and summer, the 14-year-old Darryn first played AAU basketball for Wildcat Select’s 15U team before being bumped up to the 16U team. His father said he spent some time with the 17U team as well, and it was during the spring and summer months that the likes of LSU, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier and others offered scholarships before Darryn had even begun high school.

The plan is to play his freshman year at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, a private school in Northeast Ohio that plays in Division II. From there, his dad said, the plans are fluid. He had been close to playing for Canton McKinley only to change course “at the last minute,” Darryl said.

“At this point, we’re just going to focus year by year and try to enjoy the process as much as possible and not rush it,” he said. “We have some decisions to make as far as AAU, which team we’re going to play for, what we’re going to do, but at this point, we’re focusing on being the best player in the state as a ninth-grader and go from there.”

Darryn’s older brother, Darryl Jr., is a freshman linebacker for Wisconsin after playing high school football for Akron Hoban.

Recruiting rankings are hard to come by this far out, but Coast 2 Coast Preps ranks him as the No. 3 national recruit. Standing at nearly 6-5, Peterson is listed as a point guard but could grow into more of a combo guard as he goes through high school.

“He uses both hands, shooting and passing,” Darryl Sr. said. “His decision-making, his efficiency, he had the least amount of shots on the team this summer but had the most amount of points. His efficiency, his willingness to have other stars that want to play with him and want to be around him. His goal is, 'I want to get triple-doubles.' ”

Add it to the list of goals for Peterson as his high school career gets underway.

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