November 7, 2013

Did Dastrup pick the Buckeyes?

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The Buckeyes landed a big man in the class of 2014 but will likely have to wait until 2016 before they ever see him in action. On Thursday night Mesa (Ariz.) center Payton Dastrup picked Ohio State over the likes of Arizona, BYU, Florida, Kansas, UCLA and Viriginia. The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder is rated as a 4-star and ranked as the No. 100 player in the class of 2014 according to

Dastrup made an official visit to Ohio State in mid-October and had a chance to meet with Thad Matta and the Buckeye team. Apparently it has a big impact and was enough to put the Buckeyes over the top with the highly versatile big man.

"(Dastrup is) capable of playing the five or the four, he likes to shoot jumpers and does good work on the glass," said national basketball analyst Eric Bossi. "Not a high flyer, but runs hard from rim to rim and plays aggressively on each end of the floor."

The new Buckeye is set to embark on a two-year Mormon mission following his senior season but that won't have any effect on his eligibility and will still have five years to play four once he enrolls after his mission concludes.

We will have more on the commitment of Dastrup and get the new Buckeye to explain what went into his decision in the coming days.


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