May 6, 2005

Buckeye B-Ball

(Wizblog now segues effortlessly from French foreign policy to the college choices of 17-year old high school basketball players. Smooth, huh? - DW)

It's a big weekend for the Ohio State basketball program. Coach Thad Matta has already landed two recruits for his Class of 2006 in Daequan Cook and David Lighty, probably the two best juniors in the state of Ohio. And visiting in Columbus this weekend are center Greg Oden and point guard Mike Conley, both of Lawrence North H.S. in Indianapolis, and both nationally rated at their positions. The 7-footer Oden is generally regarded as the top player in the country, and Conley is rated as the #1 or #2 point guard nationally. The two Ohio kids are both also considered blue-chippers, with Cook rated as one of the top two shooting guards in the land, and small forward Lighty is ranked as a Top-20 player overall.

Oden and Conley have stated their wish to play college ball together, and most reports have them down to a decision between Wake Forest and Ohio State, with that decision expected before the end of May. The proximity of Columbus to their Indianapolis homes and families has the Buckeyes liking their chances right now. Needless to say, landing the Indiana pair would probably give the Buckeyes the top recruiting class in the country. They hope to round it out by landing either Thaddeus Young, a top-rated 6-8 wing forward from Memphis, and/or Raymar Morgan the star 6-7 forward from Canton McKinley.

ESPN.com gives Coach Matta and the Buckeyes program some love today. He deserves it after winning 20 games last season in spite of the distractions of being on probation and ineligible for the postseason tournaments. Now he's proving he can recruit as well as he can coach.

Posted by dan at May 6, 2005 10:27 PM