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Ohio State basketball landed a major prospect with Alonzo Gaffney.

Ohio State basketball lands 5-star recruit Alonzo Gaffney; how Buckeyes can maximize loaded backfield

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Alonzo Gaffney, No. 1 basketball recruit in Ohio, picks Buckeyes

Alonzo Gaffney, the No. 1 Class of 2019 basketball recruit in Ohio and a 5-star power forward, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Tuesday. It’s a huge get for Chris Holtmann’s program and the 6-foot-9 Gaffney is considered the No. 19 overall player in the class by the 247Sports composite ratings. “There’s no place like Home,” Gaffney, who’s from Garfield Heights, Ohio, tweeted when he made his commitment.

Gaffney’s commitment is another sign that Holtmann is speeding in the right direction at Ohio State. Gaffney is the first player in the Buckeyes’ 2019 class. The program has four players, including 4-star recruits Luther Muhammad and Jaedon LeDee, in its 2018 class.

Buckeyes have blueprint to follow to maximize backfield potential

Ohio State might have the best running back tandem in the country entering the 2018 season. The 1-2 punch of J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber gives the Buckeyes depth and versatility in the backfield. But how should Urban Meyer and his coaching staff split up their workloads? Land of 10’s Austin Ward said the team wrote the perfect script to follow during a blowout last season.

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Tate Martell’s chances at winning Ohio State QB battle

Tate Martell received the praise of Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day earlier in spring practice, and the redshirt freshman will get the chance to shine in front of fans Saturday in the spring game. But does Martell really have a chance top win the Buckeyes’ quarterback battle. Ward broke down the realistic chances for Martell, who is the least-experienced of Ohio State’s three signal-caller candidates.

Keita Bates-Diop signs with agent

Keita Bates-Diop will be represented by CAA sports and agent Austin Brown as he heads to the NBA, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Bates-Diop, who declared for the 2018 NBA Draft last month, is currently projected as a second-round pick (36th overall) by NBADraft.net.

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