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First Flight In: Extra Leg Room for The Big Men Please and Thank You

Rejoice recruiting fans, we are now less than a week away from the dead period being lifted and the news cycle getting far more interesting. Prospects will be on campus, in front of coaches, and they will actually get to meet each other in person.

With that in mind, Buckeye Scoop is kicking off a three-part series to end the last full week of May detailing three prospects for the Ohio State football, basketball, and wrestling programs that OSU will want to get on campus right away. Today, we will fill the second row with three basketball prospects for seats A, B, and C on Buckeye Scoop’s First Flight In. 

Kyle Filipowski, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Forward, 6-foot-11 and 230 pounds: June 11th-13th

The position group was already present here simply because Ohio State needs a big man to go along with their trio of talented guards in the 2022 class. Chris Holtmann and company have offered double digit big men in the 2022 class to this point and there is a case to be made about each one of them liking the Buckeyes. However, no one may have a stronger case than near 7-footer Kyle Filipowski out of Massachusetts.

We have gone over it before but let’s recap it again. Filipowski is the AAU teammate of 2022 Ohio State commit Roddy Gayle Jr. and the two have known each other for a while. He is also being recruited by Ohio State assistant Jake Diebler who is the lead recruiter for all three of the Buckeyes current commits. Diebler has been on fire this recruiting cycle. Finally, he will officially visit the same weekend as Gayle Jr. and the other two commits Bowen Hardman and Bruce Thornton. All those factors give the Buckeyes a lot of chips falling in their favor. Beyond the exterior and recruiting-related factors, Ohio State just needs a player like Filipowski. He has height and length, he is versatile, and he fits into the Buckeyes’ scheme quite well. With all of that in mind, Filipowski gets the aisle seat so has plenty of legroom in the second row of our First Flight In.

Dillon Mitchell, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic, Wing, 6-foot-7 and 180 pounds:….

Filipowski gets priority out for all prospects and especially when it comes to the big men because of his ties. After him the discussion for the other two seats got interesting because the Buckeyes don’t have a lot of needs other than a big man. However, with the way the current roster is, the Buckeyes stand to lose a good number of wing players by the time this class gets to campus. So that is where we decided to go for our second seat and the player we circled was Sunshine State Standout Dillon Mithcell, who was just recently offered by the Buckeyes.

Mitchell is another AAU teammate of a current Ohio State commit in one Bruce Thorton with E1T1. Aside from that he also has some family in Ohio and his mother is from the Buckeye State which should be a nice feather in Jake Diebler’s hat. And yes, Diebler is the lead recruiter for Mitchell as well, which should help the Buckeyes seeing as Diebler has recruited the south well. On the court, Mitchell also fits really well in Ohio State’s current scheme and where they want to go in the future. He can guard one through four and sometimes even five defensively. On the other end of the court Mitchell is an ultra-athletic wing that can knock down threes and has a tight enough handle to get to the rim effectively. His potential fit at Ohio State and the ties he has to Ohio Mitchell could be a great fit in the Buckeye’s class if they stretch it to five players. Mitchell has a bit of a flight to Columbus so with Filipowski taking the aisle seat Mitchell gets the window seat for the views.

AJ Casey, Whitney Young, Forward, 6-foot-8 and 180 pounds: June 6th-8th

After going big to start, then wing for the second seat, it is necessary that we go back to the big man group for the third seat because it is that big of a need. With that said, there are a lot of big man targets we had to pick from. Ultimately we ended up going with AJ Casey out of the Chicago area for two reasons in particular: 1) he already has an official visit, so the staff wants him on campus, and 2) his fit potential at Ohio State.

Casey is the lone prospect in this row who doesn’t have an AAU teammate committed to Ohio State. Nevertheless, he is still someone that the Buckeyes are still prioritizing and for good reason. He has the versatility that OSU really looks for in their post players, i.e. E.J. Liddell, Justice Sueing, and Seth Towns. Casey has shown the ability to play on the block some like a traditional post but he can also shoot the well and he has a tight handle. As a post player, Casey can do a lot of what Ohio State wants from their guys on the offensive end. Right after Kyle Filipowski, the Chicago native may be the best schematic fit at Ohio State. Casey is also being recruited by Ohio State’s longest-tenured assistant in Ryan Pedon who is very well respected in the Midwest and Illinois after coaching there. With Pedon on the case and Casey’s fit in Columbus, he gets the middle seat on the second row of Buckeye Scoop’s First Flight In. However, don’t feel too bad for the big man, its a short flight.

Buckeye Scoop’s First Flight In series wraps up tomorrow as we will fill the third row of seating with three Ohio State wrestling targets that Tom Ryan and his reloaded staff are dying to get on campus in the official capacity.