Author: David Harten

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Matta talks with guard Craft in the second half against the Wichita State Shockers during their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

Ohio State gets first 2015 commitment in A.J. Harris (VIDEO)

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It apparently didn’t take A.J. Harris long to figure out where he wanted to play.

The 2015 recruit committed to Ohio State on Monday evening (subscription required), accepting an offer from coach Thad Matta over offers from Dayton, Illinois State and Xavier.

The 5-9 Harris is the Buckeyes first commitment for 2015. The Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar product is ranked as the no. 13 point guard in the class by and is a three star recruit according to

At this point, Harris will be welcomed with open arms to Columbus, with the four-man recruiting class for 2014 not including a point guard. Aaron Craft exhausts his eligibility after this coming season and Shannon Scott, who was second on the team with 142 assists last season, will be done following 2014-15. If Harris’ commitment holds firm, he’ll be in position to either split time with Amedeo Della Valle (if he develops) at the one or take it over himself when he arrives on campus.

“I walked in and Coach (Thad) Matta told me he was offering, but he wanted me to take it right away,” Harris told’s Brian Snow. “At first I thought about it, but then when I was walking out Coach Matta told me how he was going to use me and who they planned to bring around me, and I told him not to worry about it and that I was going to be a Buckeye.”

And just to drive that point home, Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals tweeted this out Monday night. I have NO idea what he could be talking about.

Here are a few highlights of Harris from the summer circuit.

Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas auctioning off his college jerseys, gold medal

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Jerry Lucas is getting rid of a few things. And they can be yours for the right price.

The former Ohio State All-American is auctioning off select memorabilia, including his 1960 College All-Star Game jersey, one of his game-worn shooting shirts from Ohio State, his 1960 national championship ring and his Ohio State Hall of Fame plaque.

He’s also selling off his 1960 Olympic gold medal and his Olympic jersey. In total, 17 items are going up for sale from his college, Olympic and pro basketball career and they also include NBA All-Star Game and regular game jerseys, championship rings and an Olympic flag.

Lucas, 73, doesn’t seem too upset to be parting with so many pieces of basketball history, according to the Middletown (Ohio) Journal, Lucas’ hometown newspaper.

“Things don’t mean a lot to me,” he said. “They never have. I have real great memories associated with them, but they’re hard to see when they’re in a closet.”

The prices for these classic items are expected to be, shall we say, high? Especially the gold medal.

Russek said every item will have a minimum bid, and if they only brought their reserve, they would sell for $531,500.

The most expensive item probably will be the gold medal, which has a reserve of $250,000, Russek said. He refused to guess what it may sell for, saying “the market will dictate the price.”

He said the medal will be the first one ever sold at auction, and because Lucas is a Hall of Famer, makes it only more valuable.

This seems to be a trend for former Ohio State players of the late 50s. Bobby Knight also auctioned off a lot of items for his grandkids financial benefit last October.

I can see Lucas’ rationale here. He’s reached the point in his life when material things aren’t a big deal, as we’ve heard before from guys like Knight. He has the memories and that’s enough for him. The online auction began today and runs through Sept. 7, at which point there will be a live auction for still unpurchased items after the Basketball Hall of Fame inductions.

With that being said….anyone want to let me borrow a few thousand bucks?

Devin Booker names his Top 5 schools (VIDEO)

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Devin Booker is prime prospect. The no. 5 shooting guard in the nation according to has offers from plenty of major schools.

On Monday afternoon, he narrowed that list of schools to five.’s Dave Telep tweeted out that the 6-5 Booker had whittled his list of potential landing spots to five: Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri.

Booker is also a beneficiary of the AAU landscape, with his stock rising thanks to his performance in the past year.

All five schools could fit Booker, who plays for the Alabama Challenge AAU program, well. Kentucky has the NBA credentials, while Florida has developed a number of good players under Billy Donovan over the last decade. Frank Haith seems to be able to recruit players at a high level since taking over at Mizzou (even if half of them seem to be transfers) and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has a way of developing top talent. Michigan has players like Glenn Robinson III who share the type of game Booker possesses.

It seems as if Booker will take a visit to Michigan in the near future.

The Moss Point, Miss. native has the game to play with any of those teams. It’s unclear if he has a timetable for making a decision on a school.