The Basketball Buckeyes and new head coach Chris Holtmann got a shot in the arm Monday night, when 6'8 forward Kyle Young, out of Massillon Jackson, announced on Twitter that he will be coming to Ohio State next year.
Young was the top recruit in Holtmann's Butler recruiting class, but when Holtmann became Ohio State coach, Young's future in Butler came into question. To Butler's credit, as pointed out by Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel, the school released Young from his letter of intent, allowing the all-state forward to make the move.
Butler is all class to release Kyle Young to play for Chris Holtmann at Ohio State. Well done, Pres. Danko, Barry Collier and LaVall Jordan.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) June 20, 2017
Young's arrival to Columbus is significant for multiple reasons. For one, it means the Buckeyes incoming recruiting class includes the top two rated players in the state. Kaleb Wesson, Ohio's Mr. Basketball, is already on campus and is Ohio's number one player and Young is number two. It should be noted that Young was already very familiar with OSU. Thad Matta's Ohio State staff recruited him but Young chose Butler over the Buckeyes.
It is also a significant move because next year's Buckeye team needs help. With forward Derek Funderburk's future in question--he was suspended by Holtmann last week--the Buckeyes were down to eight scholarship players. Young's arrival adds not only talent but depth, as there will certainly be available minutes next season.