On Thursday, Ohio State got some good news in an interesting development for the program. In a surprising twist, 2017 prospect Connor Fulton announced that he would no longer be heading to Butler and would, instead, be joining the Ohio State Buckeyes.
During his high school years, Fulton had a mixed of scouting evaluations. While 247Sports had him unranked, ESPN put him as a three-star recruit and the No. 4 player in the state of Utah. That seems somewhat bullish on Fulton’s college prospects, but it’s where the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” put him on their board.
At Butler, Fulton was set to walk-on with the Bulldogs and head coach Chris Holtmann. However, when Holtmann took the job in Columbus, it appears that he was able to lure Fulton to join the Buckeyes as well. It appears that Fulton will also be walking on at Ohio State as well, though the team does still have open scholarships.
For Ohio State, this is more welcome news for the team. It’s hard to claim that Fulton will have a substantial impact for the team, but the Buckeyes desperately needed help in the backcourt and Fulton should provide some. Will he be ready to play in year one? Probably not, but he should provide depth on the scout team and in the event of injury to one of the guys high on the depth chart.
Whether the Buckeyes can be competitive next season remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Holtmann is searching every corner he can for talent to help his new team in his first offseason with the program.