Who did the Ohio State basketball coaches visit Thursday? Here's the full list

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann cheers on his team during second half of the NCAA men's basketball game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Value City Arena in Columbus on Feb. 20, 2018. Ohio State won 79-52. [Adam Cairns / Dispatch]

The first day of in-person recruiting was a busy one for the Ohio State men’s basketball coaching staff.

Between coach Chris Holtmann and assistants Jake Diebler, Ryan Pedon and Tony Skinn, the Buckeyes met 16 different players in four different states (plus Washington D.C.) across three different classes. Some already hold offers from Ohio State. One landed a new one.

Before the Buckeyes prepare to welcome in their entire 2022 recruiting class this weekend, here’s a look at who was where Thursday.

Chris Holtmann visits five Ohio juniors

The Buckeyes have no commitments for the 2023 recruiting class, but Holtmann spent Thursday visiting five of Ohio’s top prospects in the class.

It started with a visit to Centerville to see point guard Gabe Cupps, ranked as the No. 3 prospect from the state according to PrepHoops.com. From there, Holtmann went north to St. Mary’s Memorial, where he watched center Austin Parks. Both Cupps and Parks, ranked No. 2 in the state, hold Ohio State offers.

Parks was also visited by Michigan State, with Indiana, West Virginia and Virginia all set to visit by the end of the weekend.

So, too, did the next two players Holtmann visited. After Cupps and Parks, the Ohio State coach went to Huber Heights Wayne to see Lawrent Rice, a four-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite rankings. A combo guard, Rice is ranked No. 3 in the state by 247Sports and No. 70 nationally.

Returning to the Greater Columbus area, Holtmann and Pedon checked in with Africentric forward Dailyn Swain, who earned an Ohio State offer after an unofficial visit in June. Like Cupps and Parks, Swain is unranked by 247Sports but is ranked No. 4 in Ohio by PrepHoops. Finally, the two coached finished off the evening with a visit to Pickerington Central to see forward Devin Royal. He’s not known to have a scholarship offer, but PrepHoops ranks him No. 6 in the state.

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Ryan Pedon visits George Washington III, Kaleb Glenn

In addition to his time close to campus, Pedon crossed into Kentucky to visit a pair of top-40 members of the 2023 class. Kaleb Glenn, a four-star small forward from Louisville Male, and George Washington III, a four-star combo guard from Louisville Christian Academy, were both visited by Pedon.

247Sports.com ranks Glenn No. 38 nationally and tops in Kentucky, with Washington two spots behind him nationally and second in the state. Washington is known to have an offer from the Buckeyes, and he posted a photo to Twitter indicating a planned visit to Columbus.

From there, Pedon returned to Ohio and checked in with Tyler McKinley, a power forward from Cincinnati Walnut Hills in the 2024 class. PrepHoops ranks him as the state’s top prospect in his class.

Jake Diebler checks in on Dillon Mitchell, Brice Sensabaugh as Kwame Evans earns offer

The Buckeyes are still in the market for one more member of their 2022 recruiting class, and Diebler went to Florida for an impactful trip. The lead recruiter on all four verbal commitments to this point, Diebler visited with Orlando Lake Highland Prep small forward Brice Sensabaugh. A three-star recruit in the 247Sports rankings, Sensabaugh will take an official visit to Ohio State during the weekend of September 18.

While there, Diebler also checked on Sean Stewart, an unranked small forward in the 2023 class who is teammates with Sensabaugh. Kansas, Florida, Maryland, Penn State and others have offered Stewart.

Diebler then visited with 2022 prospect Dillon Mitchell, a four-star small forward playing at Monteverde Academy who has been a high priority for the Ohio State coaching staff. Mitchell has weighed a multi-year contact offer from the Overtime Elite league worth roughly $2 million and is also considering Florida State. It’s unclear when Mitchell will make a final decision.

While at Monteverde, the Buckeyes offered one of the nation’s top 2023 prospects: Kwame “K.J.” Evans Jr., a five-star forward who is ranked No. 2 nationally by 247Sports. Maryland, Indiana, Illinois and a host of others have also offered Evans.

While at Monteverde, Diebler also visited with Amier Ali, an unranked small forward in the 2024 class.

Tony Skinn heads to DMV for Jahnathan Lamothe, others

After spending much of his life in and around Washington D.C., new Ohio State assistant Tony Skinn returned to the region to check on a trio of 2023 recruits.

First up was Jahnathan Lamothe, a four-star combo guard from Baltimore St. Frances Academy ranked No. 50 nationally by 247Sports. Ohio State offered him in June.

While in the region, Skinn also checked on a pair of unranked recruits: Amani Hansberry, a power forward from Washington D.C. St. John’s with offers from Penn State, N.C. State, LSU and others, and Isaiah Coleman, a small forward from Fort Washington (Maryland) National Christian Academy not known to hold any offers yet.

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