May 20, 2024

Forward of Ohio State’s season opener Monday evening, five-star 2024 heart Jayden Quaintance – who reclassified from the 2025 class – included the Buckeyes in his last 4 faculties together with Kentucky, Florida and Missouri.

Quaintance is now not contemplating signing with the G League Ignite as an alternative of attending school, although the top-10 total prospect has no timetable for a school resolution but. Given that he’s solely 16 years previous, the Phrase of God Christian Acadamy (Raleigh, North Carolina) product might want to play two years of faculty basketball (as an alternative of the standard one 12 months) earlier than turning into eligible for the 2026 NBA Draft.

A Cleveland native, Quaintance attended Hawken College in Gates Mills, Ohio, earlier than taking part in two highschool seasons in Arizona after which transferring to his present faculty in North Carolina. Quaintance’s Ohio roots might play an element within the heart’s upcoming school resolution, as his dad instructed The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy that Ohio State is a “critical contender” for the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder.

“It clearly helps that he could be near his household, but it surely’s not the end-all, be-all,” Quaintance’s dad, Haminn – who performed basketball at Kent State – instructed The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy. “They’re going to need to recruit him as exhausting as all the opposite faculties and so they’re going to have to suit. It’s going to need to be a match. I couldn’t put him in a nasty scenario primarily based off of the placement. We confirmed that we undoubtedly don’t care about location after we went to Arizona.

“We did a Zoom with (OSU),” he mentioned. “We noticed their system. They’ve draft picks yearly with coach (Chris) Holtmann. It’s not nearly being in Ohio, it’s about basketball and what they’ve to supply – and Ohio State has rather a lot to supply from the basketball facet.”

The Buckeyes provided Quaintance in mid-Could and have been making up for misplaced time since then provided that OSU solely started recruiting the five-star massive man, who’s ranked because the No. 2 heart and No. 7 total prospect in 247Sports’ composite rating for the 2024 class, after he reclassified.

“It did change the best way some individuals recruited us,” his dad mentioned. “(Kentucky coach John) Calipari was actually joyful we had been reclassing up. Ohio State, they had been joyful that we had been reclassing up. We actually ain’t do it for the colleges, we’re simply searching for one of the best scenario so the colleges which might be recruiting us are those we consider, together with the G League Ignite.

“To (OSU’s) credit score, as soon as they began they actually began,” he mentioned. “We weren’t in Ohio, so I don’t know if all people knew that Jayden is an Ohio child.”

Quaintance visited Ohio State for its soccer sport in opposition to Youngstown State on Sept. 9, one which seemingly went properly given the Ohio native’s continued curiosity within the Buckeyes.

He mentioned the potential of becoming a member of his home-state Buckeyes with On3’s Joe Tipton.

“It’s near residence. The power from the group is there,” Quaintance mentioned. “They’ve been recruiting me fairly exhausting, exhibiting plenty of curiosity in me. That’s cool to get from the hometown faculty. Happening my official, I didn’t actually be taught something new in regards to the faculty. We went by way of their defensive play for me, which is one thing I didn’t actually know earlier than. They laid out a whole plan for me defensively for the way they had been seeking to develop me. That did impress me.”

With combo guard Juni Mobley (No. 46 total) and ahead Colin White (No. 168 total) already in Ohio State’s 2024 recruiting class, an elite expertise like Quaintance could be an amazing addition to shut out the recruiting cycle for Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes.

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