There was recently some good news for the Ohio State Buckeyes as the program transitions to new head coach Chris Holtmann. 2018 target Bryce Hamilton tweeted out his final six schools on August 21st with Ohio State making the list. The Buckeyes offered Hamilton a scholarship on August 1st.
Other schools that made Hamilton’s list were UNLV, Colorado, Arizona State, Nevada and Utah. Hamilton plays his high school basketball in Pasadena, California so it makes sense that his list is dominated by West Coast programs. Hamilton is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard that is ranked 92nd in the 2018 class by 247Sports.
According to Scout, Hamilton reportedly averaged 29.6 points for his AAU team, Belmont Shore, during the Fab48 Tournament in Las Vegas. With Hamilton’s recent dominating performance in Vegas, recruiting scouts consider him to be in the elite group of shooting guards on the West Coast. Hamilton will have a opportunity in his final year of high school to continue to progress in the rankings.
As Hamilton enter his senior season of high school, many scouts believe Hamilton will most likely commit to a West Coast program. With the challenge of getting Hamilton to commit to a school away from home, the Ohio State coaching staff will have to be at their best during the recruiting process. What the Buckeyes might sell Hamilton on is that the program will offer him plenty of playing time when he steps foot on campus.
Hamilton will have the opportunity to grow with a young group of guards under coach Holtmann. And with JaQuan Lyle getting kicked off the program this offseason, there’s plenty of unproven players on the Buckeyes roster. The Buckeyes also didn’t bring in any shooting guards in the 2017 recruiting class, so Hamilton will fill a roster need.
It’s still early in the recruiting process, but it’ll be difficult for Ohio State fans to contain the exciting idea of adding Hamilton to Holtmann’s young roster.