Men's Basketball

Ohio’s Top 2019 Prospect Jeremiah Francis Commits to North Carolina

Jeremiah Francis TheSuburbanite Ohio State

Jeremiah Francis was supposed to be one of the linchpins of Chris Holtmann’s Ohio State basketball program, but that plan appears to have hit a snag.

Zach Fleer with 270Sports.com broke the story on Friday that Francis has committed to North Carolina. Francis then tweeted out the news.

Francis (6-3 190) is a 4-star prospect and the No. 7 point guard in the 2019 class. He is a Buckeye legacy — the son of former OSU forward Jerry Francis, and he plays at local Pickerington Central High School.

North Carolina offered Francis a little over a week ago, and he released his Top 10 shortly after that. Rather than wait any longer, Francis decided to jump on Roy Williams’ offer to come play for the Tar Heels.

Don’t expect Ohio State to give up yet, but it’s clear that UNC was an offer that Francis was waiting for.

Holtmann and his staff have talked about the importance of keeping Ohio’s best from leaving the state, but this is not an ideal start to the 2019 recruiting class. Francis is ranked as Ohio’s No. 1 player per the 247Sports Composite.

The Buckeyes do not yet have any verbal commitments in the 2019 recruiting class.

[Jeremiah Francis photo courtesy TheSuburbanite.com]

6 Responses

  1. gene smith should be proud of new coach selection!

  2. Too bad he is going to a play for one of the biggest cheaters outside of the SEC. NC should have been given the death sentence for their academic fraud. But I guess Roy can claim stupidity and then they wont do anything about it, just like at Louisville.

  3. I hope he falls flat on his face! Shame on him for leaving Ohio and helping the new coach Holtmann get the Buckeye Basketball program back on track!

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