By Matt McCoy
Why is this man smiling? Because he just landed the kind of player Ohio State needs. 6'5 shooting guard Austin Grandstaff out of Rockwell, Texas, visited OSU over the weekend and committed to Thad Matta's 2015 recruiting class.
Grandstaff averaged 27 points a game this past season and is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's 30th best player in the 2015 class. As offensively challenged as the Buckeyes were last season, Matta could be building an explosive team down the road.
The incoming class this year includes McDonald's All-American guard D'Angelo Russell, and highly touted forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae'sean Tate. Addtionally, shooting guard Kam Williams, after redshirting last season, is expected to add scoring punch.
Grandstaff is part of a growing 2015 class that so far has committments from another highly rated Texas product in 6'7 forward Mickey Mitchell and point guard A.J. Harris out of Dayton.
Add in big men David Bell (2014 class) and Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson and it appears Matta has the necleus of talented and entertaining Buckeye team.
Here's a glimpse of what the Buckeyes just got. It's Grandstaff's highlight tape, posted on YouTube.
Buckeye Backcourt Graduates
Keeping with the basketball theme, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft are now college graduates. (Boy does time fly) The OSU backcourt was part of the more than 10,000 who received their diplomas in Ohio Stadium Sunday. Smith tweeted this photo out with the message "We Made It!"
Yes you did Lenzelle. Congratuations to two of the classiest student-athletes I've ever covered.