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Total commits: 5
ESPNU Top 100 commits: 4
Top recruit: PG Shannon Scott (No. 33 overall, No. 6 point guard)
Shockingly to most people in college basketball, Ohio State lost no players to the NBA, particularly Jared Sullinger, who kept his promise to coach Thad Matta about staying at least two years. Because of his return, along with Williams Buford and DeShaun Thomas', the Buckeyes are yet again a force to be reckoned with. With the recruits they're bringing in to go with the returnees, the Buckeyes will have a good chance to make it further than the Sweet 16 next season.
Leading the way for the Buckeyes class is 6'2" point guard Shannon Scott. Scott is the ideal floor general because of his ability to run a team, elite passing and ball handling skills, and an able finisher in the lane. He needs work on his jumper, but it will be interesting to see how Matta uses him and fellow point guard Aaron Craft. Don't be surprised if Matta splits the point guard duties down the middle to get Scott in the game.
Replacing senior big man Dallas Lauderdale down low will probably be incoming center Amir Williams (No. 42 overall). At 6'10", he's taller than Lauderdale and a much better offensive player (who wasn't) as he can score from anywhere inside 12 feet. Defensively he's not much worse than Lauderdale as his length allow him to be an effective shot blocker. Now, his effort has been questioned and he needs to put on weight being only 220 pounds. Still, his skill make him the prime candidate to enter the starting lineup and form a formidable duo with Sullinger inside.
The other two ranked players are a pair of small forwards in 6'7" Sam Thompson and 6'8" LaQuinton Ross (Nos. 44 and 52 respectively). Thompson is the more versatile of the pair as he's a quality passer and can play the guard positions as well. Like Williams, his effort and lack of strength is a question, and his outside shot could use some work.
Ross, on the other hand, is believed to be the candidate to pick up the outside shooting slack left by Jon Diebler, one of the best shooters in Big Ten history. He has an excellent shot and has plenty of talent scoring the ball as well. Effort is yet another concern for him, along with moving without the ball effectively.
The final player is 6'9" post player Trey McDonald. McDonald is going to be a project, but has a quality skill set and will definitely see time in the coming years, just not this one.