Four-star New Jersey (Hudson Catholic / Jersey City, NJ) point guard Luther Muhammad released his Top 5 Friday night and the Buckeyes made the cut. Ohio State found themselves in the mix with Xavier, Virginia, St. John, and West Virginia.
Muhammad (6-4 185) made the announcement via Twitter.
— Luther Muhammad (@Ege_Luther) August 5, 2017
Muhammad is ranked the No. 13 point guard in the 2018 class and the No. 65 player overall per the 247Sports Composite. He also holds offers from Butler, Notre Dame, and Pitt.
Muhammad plans to visit Ohio State, and if that visit happens, then the Buckeyes will be very serious contenders here.
As a junior last season, Muhammad averaged 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 21.7 points per game.
Muhammad has a long reach and is a creative finisher around the basket. He is a confident shooter with a nice looking release. He has good range and a terrific crossover dribble that can get him into the paint whenever he wants, and he isn’t afraid to take the ball the entire way. His point guard skills still need to develop. He sometimes fluctuates between distributor and scorer. He had just one assist in his final five games as a sophomore, but he averaged 22.2 points per game during that stretch.
Ohio State has just one commitment so far in the 2018 class. Four-star shooting guard Torrence Watson committed to the Buckeyes four weeks ago.
OSU head coach Chris Holtmann still has plenty of roster space for the 2018 class, though he will still need to make sure things don’t get too top loaded. Ohio State is expecting to know more about combo guard Eric Ayala in the next week or so. Ayala may be reclassifying to 2017, and he is very interested in the Buckeyes. He is talented enough to step into a very good situation with Ohio State, who is in need of as many guards as are willing to reclassify any way they can.