Ever since he touched down in Columbus, Chris Holtmann has been able to bring top talent to Ohio State. Holtmann has added to his already-impressive resume by bringing in 7-footer Ibrahima Diallo for next season.
Long thought to have been deciding between Ohio State and Pitt, the center from Prolific Prep in Napa, California will be a Buckeye.
We interrupt your Masters Sunday to inform you that 2019 center Ibrahima Diallo has committed to Ohio State— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) April 14, 2019
DePaul, Florida State, and USF went hard after Diallo, but Ohio State and Pitt were long the leaders for his services, with Ohio State winning out.
Diallo is a very raw prospect who lacks refinement in his game, but his rim-running potential and shot-blocking skill on defense could be transformative if he gets good coaching and his development can be accelerated.
Ohio State basketball adds 7-footer Ibrahima Diallo to its 2019 recruiting class: What it means for the Buckeyes https://t.co/Me2b2hn9AG— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) April 14, 2019
In Holtmann's offense, the big guys are integral for both setting up the offense and finishing chances near the rim. Like the Wesson twins before him, Diallo could be a dominant big if he hits his stride early in Columbus.