Ohio State men’s basketball landed their first verbal commitment of the 2021 class Sunday evening when 4-star forward Kalen Etzler announced his commitment to the Buckeyes.
Etzler, who attends Crestview High School in Convoy, Ohio, is the nephew of former Buckeye point guard Doug Etzler.
— Kalen Etzler (@kalen_etzler24) May 12, 2019
Etzler (6-8 195) is the No. 51 player in the 2021 class per 247Sports and the No. 14 power forward. He is ranked the No. 2 player in the state behind Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary guard Malaki Branham, who is the No. 44 player in the nation and No. 6 combo guard.
Louisville and Purdue had joined Ohio State in their increased recruitment of Etzler, who also held offers from Bowling Green and Miami (OH).
Listed in the rankings as a power forward, Etzler has three-point range and is comfortable starting a fastbreak or going coast-to-coast after a rebound. He will obviously get stronger over the next two years, which will improve his ability to finish. Etzler has good vision and can dish off of the dribble, but is also perfectly fine pulling up for a jumper.
Etzler averaged 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season in helping his team to a Division IV state title.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann has offered six 2021 prospects, and three of them are Ohioans. Joining Etzler and Branham among in-state offers is Garfield Heights point guard Meechie Johnson, who is the No. 4 player in the state, the No. 7 combo guard, and the No. 83 player in the nation overall.
The Buckeyes will have around four spots available for the 2021 class.