Ohio State Buckeyes Land Top Recruit Dorian Jones

Ohio State Buckeyes Land Top Recruit Dorian Jones

The Ohio State Buckeyes have signed four-star recruit Dorian Jones, a source told 247 Sports.

Jones chooses to join the Buckeyes, but he will stay local.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard played his high school basketball team at Richmond Heights and was the second-best player in Ohio.

“They were the first program that started recruiting me when I was a freshman,” Jones said recently of Ohio State. “They’ve been there from day one. They talk about building their program around me.”

Jones also received offers from Syracuse, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois and Michigan, among others, but ultimately chose to stay home.

The Buckeyes are trying to bounce back after missing the NCAA Tournament the past two years.

Ohio State started last season 14-11, which resulted in the firing of head coach Chris Holtmann. Jake Diebler took over the reins for the remainder of the season and went on to a respectable 8-3.

It was certainly a better campaign for the Buckeyes than 2022-23, when they went just 16-19. That’s Ohio State’s only losing record since going 14-16 in 2003-04.

Since 2006, the Buckeyes have made the Big Dance 13 times. Their best performance came in 2011-12, when Jared Sullinger led the team to the Final Four, where they lost to Kansas.

Ohio State has not reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in any of its last four appearances.

We’ll see if Jones and a potentially promising crop of recruits can put the Buckeyes basketball team back on the map.