Ohio State hoops to host three 2023 official visitors this weekend

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
Ballard's Kennedy Hayden goes for a layup under pressure from Christian Academy of Louisville's George Washington Tuesday night. The Bruins won 66-61. Feb. 2, 2021

The Ohio State men’s basketball program has its 2022 recruiting class all set up. In early November, the Buckeyes will sign a five-man class headlined by Milton (Georgia) Alpharetta point guard Bruce Thornton and featuring four top-75 prospects according to the composite database.

Now, the focus has been turned ahead to the next year’s crop of recruits. It’s unclear exactly how large the class will ultimately be given the current climate of roster turnover in college basketball, but Ohio State it’s unlikely the Buckeyes will sign more than three players for 2023. Nearly a half-dozen prospects from Ohio have landed offers from the program, most recently Pickerington Central forward Devin Royal.

This weekend, though, a trio of out-of-state prospects in the 2023 class will be at Ohio State on official visits. They will get to take in practices, see the campus and attend Saturday night’s football game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium.

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Here’s who will be there. Players are listed in alphabetical order.

Jahnathan Lamothe

Listed at 6-4, 180 pounds, Lamothe is a four-star shooting guard from Baltimore St. Francis Academy. The composite database, which takes recruiting rankings from across the internet, lists him as the No. 90 national prospect, the No. 21 shooting guard and the No. 2 player from his state. In its own rankings, though, 247Sports lists him as the No. 46 prospect, the No. 11 shooting guard and top player from Maryland.

Last weekend, Lamothe took an unofficial visit to Maryland, which has offered. He’s also taken an official visit to LSU, and he’s planning to announce a top 10 in mid-December. Illinois, Rutgers, Penn State, Marquette, Virginia Tech and others have offered.

Lamothe hails from a region where newly hired assistant coach Tony Skinn grew up and has spent much of his career recruiting.

Sean Stewart

The Buckeyes have spent a lot of time recently recruiting Florida, landing four-star Orlando Lake Highland Prep small forward Brice Sensabaugh for their 2022 class. On the outskirts in Windemere, Stewart is a four-star power forward listed at 6-8, 210 pounds.

He’s the No. 33 national recruit in the 247Sports composite, the No. 5 power forward and No. 4 prospect from his state. Last weekend, Stewart took an official visit to Michigan. He’s planning on taking more to Georgetown, Duke and others.

Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Penn State and multiple others have offered.

George Washington III

A native Texan whose family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, after his freshman year, Washington’s first official scholarship offer came from Ohio State. He has since landed offers from Tennessee, Louisville and others and took visits to Cincinnati, Tennessee, Louisville, Ohio State, Liberty and Memphis during the first few weeks of this school year.

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The 6-2, 165-pound combo guard is a four-star recruit ranked No. 2 in Kentucky, No. 9 at his position and No. 50 nationally according to the composite.