Ohio State Basketball: Why the Buckeyes Are Struggling to Attract Top Talent

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Ohio State Basketball: Why the Buckeyes Are Struggling to Attract Top Talent
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Tony Parker was supposed to be a lock.

The 5-star recruit from Georgia was heavily recruited by Thad Matta for quite some time. He was going to be Jared Sullinger’s replacement in the lane and help the Buckeyes make a smooth transition for another run at the Final Four.

It was the perfect fit.

However, when the season rolls around in November, the big man will be wearing the baby blue and gold of UCLA instead.

In more frustrating news for Ohio State fans, next year’s top-rated prospect and Sports Illustrated cover athlete Jabari Parker recently trimmed his list of schools down to 10. The Buckeyes, once thought to be a potential destination, were nowhere to be found.

So why is Ohio State struggling to attract some of the top high-school talent in the country?

At least some of it can be explained by the uncertainty surrounding the scholarship situation this past season—were Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas coming back? How was Matta supposed to know about future transfers?

While Matta is known as a formidable recruiter (after all, he has brought some impressive classes to Ohio State before), there are some built-in disadvantages that he must overcome.

With that in mind, here are five reasons why Ohio State is recently having trouble attracting the nation’s top high-school talent.

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