The Ohio State basketball program received a bit of bad news today on the recruiting trail.
On Wednesday afternoon, four-star recruit Darius Bazley, who has been committed to the Buckeyes since August of 2016, decided to reopen his recruitment today.
Bazley, the top prospect in the state of Ohio, announced his decommitment with a statement on Twitter.
Bazley is is the 14th rated player at his position according to ESPN, and the No. 47 overall prospect for his class. While he will continue to consider Ohio State as an option, it has to be disheartening to lose the commitment from such a longstanding and talented prospect.
With the loss of Bazley, the Ohio State recruiting class now stands at two commitments; shooting guard Dane Goodwin and small forward Justin Ahrens. Neither play is ranked in the top 100, and both are regarded as three-star prospects by 247Sports.
To some degree, universities expect their supremely talented early commits to eventually explore their other options. There are a number of them, after all. The Buckeye’s best hope is that they’ve generated enough good will that Bazley will a sense of loyalty and responsibility Ohio State, and balk at the prospect of committing elsewhere when push comes to shove.