Josiah Harris, who is a 3-star power forward out of Cleveland, received a scholarship offer from Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State basketball program earlier this year.
The 6’6 junior discussed his ongoing recruiting process, the Big Ten, how his game has improved during quarantine, his offer from the Buckeyes, and more.
“It was really a blessing being offered by Ohio State. I really like the program and coach Holtmann. I’ve watched a lot of their games and he is a great coach with a great coaching staff,” Harris said. “The Big Ten is definitely something I’m looking at. I really love the competitiveness in the Big Ten. There’s a lot of great coaches and players in that conference.”
Harris is in the midst of his junior year at Richmond Heights High School and is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2022. He is ranked 156th in the nation and 5th in the state of Ohio according to 247 Sports. Harris is a long, athletic post player who has good footwork and a strong base on defense. He has also expanded his 3-point range recently.
The 185-pound forward has received scholarship offers from Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, and seven others. He also unofficially visited fellow Big Ten school Maryland and Georgetown about a year ago, before receiving an offer from the Buckeyes on May 5, 2020.
“I’d say that receiving all this attention from these colleges is really a blessing and motivates me to go harder each day because it’s really a testament of the work I’ve been putting in. I expect to dominate this year,” Harris explained. “The recruiting process has been fun and I can’t wait to visit campuses when quarantine is over.”
Ohio State basketball’s 2022 recruiting class currently ranks 3rd in the Big Ten following Bowen Hardman’s commitment in May. Hardman is a 3-star shooting guard out of Cincinnati. The Buckeyes are also targeting Harris, D’Ante Davis, Joel Hurlburt, Sean Jones, Paul McMillan, Shawn Phillips, and others to pair with Hardman in a couple of years.