Ohio State personnel hit the road with plenty of targets to watch
* Soothsayer Royal6-7, forward, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Royal (Rated 77e) recently made official visits to Ohio State and Michigan State and was also recently offered by Michigan. He helped lead Pick Central to a 26-2 record and the Division I state championship last season. He was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division I. He helped lead Pick Central to a 26-2 record and the DI state championship. He averaged 19.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as a junior. He also has offers from Clemson, Iowa State, Penn State, Xavier, Dayton, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Butler and others. He plays for All-Ohio Red on the Nike Tour. Click here for an update on Royal from last weekend.
* Swain6-8, guard/forward, Columbus Africentric – Swain (ranked 79elisten)) was the Division III Player of the Year as a junior. He averaged 20.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.2 apg, 2.9 spg, and 3.0 bpg. He shot 66% from the floor and 36% from three. He led Africentric to a 23-6 record and a berth in the D-III State Semi-Finals. He had 32 points and 13 rebounds in the state semifinal loss to Ottawa-Glandorf as he hit 13 of 18 shots from the floor. It has offers from Ohio State, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Marquette, Virginia Tech, and others. He plays for All-Ohio Red on the Nike Tour.
* Lawrence Rice6-3, point guard, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne – Rice (ranked 183rd) was a second-team All-Ohio pick in Division I. He led Wayne to an 18-8 record and a berth in a regional semifinal game. He averaged 20.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 3.6 steals per game. He shot 53% from the floor and 40% from three. Its list of top eight schools includes Georgetown, Louisville, Kansas State, Marquette, Notre Dame, Ohio State, VCU and Xavier. He plays for All-Ohio Red on the Nike circuit.
* Austin Parks6-10, center, St. Marys (Ohio) Memorial – Parks (ranked 109e) verbally to Ohio State on Feb. 13. He chose OSU over Cincinnati, Dayton, Illinois, and Michigan State, among others. He was a Division II All-Ohio second-team pick as a junior. His team went 18-8 and reached the regional championship game. He averaged 19 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.5 blocks and two dunks per game. He plays for the travel team Ohio Buckets (Turf). He is recovering from a knee injury and hopes to be back to play in a July 22-24 event in Fort Wayne.
* George Washington III6-2, guard combo, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne – Washington (ranked 63rd) verbally to Ohio State on November 3. He chose OSU over Auburn, Louisville and Tennessee. He played his freshman year at Christian Academy in Louisville. His high school team went 20-12 averaging around 23.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg. He shot 35.8% from three. He transferred to CJ for his senior year as his father is now an assistant coach for the University of Dayton women’s team. He plays with the All-Ohio Red team
* Xavier Booker6-10, Power Forward, Indianapolis Cathedral – Booker (ranked 61st) is actually ranked a top five national prospect by some services after a big spring with the George Hill Indy All-Stars. This team will be at the Best of the South near Atlanta this weekend. It has offers from Michigan State, Ohio State, Duke, Indiana, Purdue, and many more. As a junior, Booker averaged 12.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocked shots per game for the Class 4A state champions. He helped lead the Fighting Irish to a 26-6 record.
* Scotty Middleton6-6, small forward, Wichita (Kan.) Sunrise Christian – Middleton (ranked 37e) started for Sunrise Christian, who was ranked No. 1 nationally for most of the season. Sunrise lost in the Geico Nationals semifinals to end the year at 24-2. He is originally from Miami, Florida. He made official spring visits to Ohio State, Seton Hall and UConn. He is also considering Kansas and Texas Tech. He plays for Bradley Beal Elite on the Nike Tour.
* Wesley Yates6-4, fullback, Beaumont (Texas) United – Yates (ranked 34e) is one of the hottest prospects in the Class of 2023. He plays for Liv On/Fleur de Lys on the Nike circuit. He has 25 offers, including Auburn, Alabama, Houston, Texas, Ohio State and more.
* Bronny James6-3, shooter, Sierra Canyon, Calif. – James (ranked 47e) is the son of NBA great (and Akron native and Ohio State superfan) james lebron. He plays for Strive For Greatness on the Nike Tour. Bronny doesn’t do interviews on a regular basis, so it’s unclear what his top schools are. He was back in Ohio last weekend to star in The Battle in Akron. Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State could all be implicated.
* TJ power6-8, power forward, Shrewsbury (Mass.) Worcester Academy – Power (rated 66e) plays for BABC on the Nike circuit. Ohio State offered recently. He also has offers from Iowa, Virginia, Boston College, Indiana, Miami (Florida), Notre Dame and others.
* Chris Lockett6-5, shooter, New Orleans (La.) Isidore Newman — Lockett (ranked 104e) plays for Liv On/Fleur De Lis on the Nike Tour. Ohio State came up with an offer recently. He also has offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, LSU and others.
* Jamie Kaiser6-6, small forward, Burke (Va.) Bishop Ireton – Kaiser (ranked 106e) plays for New World on the adidas circuit. Ohio State came up with an offer recently. It also has offers from Maryland, Virginia, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Boston College, and others.
* Carey Cabin6-9, power forward, Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy – Booth (rated 74e) is the son of Calvin Booth, a native of Groveport, Ohio, who played at Penn State and in the NBA and is currently the general manager of the Denver Nuggets. He has offers from Penn State, Michigan, Arizona and others. He said he would be interested in visiting Ohio State. He plays for KC Run GMC on the Under Armor circuit.