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Ohio State Basketball: Meet Austin Grandstaff, the Buckeyes' Latest 2015 Recruit

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Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist IVDecember 29, 2016

Austin Grandstaff, a class of 2015 shooting guard from Rockwall, Texas, must really like the school initials OSU.

Grandstaff originally committed to Oklahoma State early in his recruiting process, but he reopened his recruitment and received offers from the likes of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and Iowa State, among others. However, his eventual school of choice is sure to make those in Buckeye Nation pleased: 

Ohio State, which clearly made an impression during Grandstaff’s official visit, received the verbal pledge from the sharpshooting prospect. He is a 4-star recruit, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, the No. 36-ranked player nationally and the No. 5 shooting guard. Grandstaff is listed at 6’5” and 190 pounds and could compete for significant playing time right away.

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His father Wes Grandstaff commented on the perceived fit, via Mike Young of Eleven Warriors:

We really like Coach Matta's style of play, his players seem to play with quite a bit of freedom. Austin can push it and make plays off the dribble or he can come off screens. He has a high basketball IQ, knows how to read defenses really well and good with the pick and roll.

The Texas native is an offensive and scoring machine. The first thing that jumps out about Grandstaff’s game is the fact that he is lethal from behind the three-point line. That will certainly be a breath of fresh air in Columbus after the past season of shooting woes for the Buckeyes.

What’s more, Grandstaff can put the ball on the floor to keep defenders honest and get to the rim if opponents press up too tightly to take away his shot.

If there is one area of his game that could use some improvement, it is on the defensive side. Fortunately, he still has another year of high school basketball before he arrives on campus, and if there is one thing that Thad Matta can teach a young player, it is defense. The Buckeyes are almost always one of the best defensive teams in the nation, and that likely won’t change when Grandstaff is seeing major minutes.

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He is also a formidable passer who can find open teammates when the defense collapses on his perimeter shooting or slashing. That will certainly come in handy because Grandstaff promises to have plenty of talented teammates surrounding him in Columbus.

Matta currently has the No. 2 rated class in the country for the 2015 recruiting cycle, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. Throw that on top of the fact that he landed a top-10 class for 2014, and the future is certainly bright at Ohio State.

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Joining Grandstaff as part of that 2015 class thus far is point guard A.J. Harris from Dayton, Ohio and small forward Mickey Mitchell from Plano, Texas.

Harris is a tremendous facilitator who uses his quickness to get into the lane or stifle opposing ball-handlers, while Mitchell is another impressive potential scorer who has the versatility to play either small forward or power forward. Grandstaff fits in perfectly alongside those two as a three-point threat, and there is a significant chance all three could be in the starting lineup together at some point in their careers. 

Matta will have a handful of scholarships available in the 2015 class outside of these three, so it is worth keeping an eye on how things develop in the near future. For now though, Buckeye Nation should be excited with the addition of Grandstaff and his impressive perimeter shooting.

 

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