Ohio State coach Thad Matta is once again bringing in a stacked recruiting class. The Buckeyes announced Wednesday the additions of Austin Grandstaff and A.J. Harris to the backcourt and Mickey Mitchell and Daniel Giddens to the frontcourt for a class ranked No. 8 in the nation by ESPN.
Grandstaff and Giddens are the class’ headliners as consensus top-100 recruits. ESPN and Rivals rank Grandstaff in the top 50 whereas only Rivals has Giddens among that group. Harris and Mitchell are a pair of borderline top-100 recruits.
Grandstaff, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, is best as a shooter playing off the ball. But he also shows the ability to be a bit of a facilitator as well.
Harris, the other guard in the class, is more of a true point guard at 5-foot-9. He can slash to the basket, break down defenses and find the open man.
With Anthony Lee and Amir Williams graduating after this season, Matta will need a good big man. Giddens will bring that strong post presence to the Buckeyes, especially defensively as that side of his game is further along than his offense.
Mitchell is a 6-foot-8 forward who can score both inside and from the perimeter.