October 18, 2010

Bucks land McDonald in 2011

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The Ohio State basketball recruiting effort behind head coach Thad Matta is always on a constant roll and on Monday the Buckeyes picked up another solid player with Battle Creek (Mich.) Central high school Trey McDonald pulling the trigger for the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-9, 230 pound power forward is the 4th commit for the class of 2011.

McDonald had offers from several schools around the Midwest and Southeast including Arkansas, Dayton, Marquette, Iowa and Wake Forest to name just a few. The new Buckeyes saw his stock start to rise over the summer after a strong showing in July at the King James Shooting Stars Classic in July and then on other stops on the AAU tour.

The scouting report on McDonald has said that he has a solid touch out to 12 feet and also has shown an ability to convert around the rim with intelligence and footwork. A second scouting report from the adidas May Classic stated that McDonald's frame sets him apart from a lot of the other players and his motor is strong. There is still a lot of room for improvement and the Buckeyes will work with him on aspects of his offensive production.

McDonald's father was a walk-on at the University of Michigan but the Wolverines did not offer and McDonald's future was set at other schools that offered a scholarship and Michigan was eliminated due to a lack of interest.

The Buckeyes now have three projected forwards in the class with LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson in the fold as well. The class of 2011 was kicked off by guard Shannon Scott back in November of 2009. Ohio State still is in the market for another recruit and the commitment of McDonald has not closed the door on players like Amir Williams but Williams will have to take into account where the Buckeyes stand at this point.


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