Ohio State basketball team lands former five-star recruit from the transfer portal

The Ohio State basketball program sealed a commitment from a big-time transfer portal player when he was on his visit this past weekend.
Mar 2, 2024; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Aaron Bradshaw (2) celebrates after
Mar 2, 2024; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Aaron Bradshaw (2) celebrates after / Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was quick. We told you that the Ohio State basketball program had a crystal ball prediction to land a former five-star recruit who was in the transfer portal. That prediction came true on Monday after center Aaron Bradshaw decided to commit to the Buckeyes.

Bradshaw stands at 7'1 and was a former five-star recruit in the 2023 recruiting class. He was the fourth-best recruit in the class and the best center. While he didn't play a ton at Kentucky, he's still a great player for the Buckeyes to have next season.

Not only do the Buckeyes get more center depth, but they get more top-end talent. Bradshaw becomes the player with the most raw talent on the roster now. He is someone who has a high ceiling and can now get there with some more time on the court.

The biggest concern with Jake Diebler taking over the Ohio State basketball program was his recruiting. It was unclear how well he was going to do in that arena as a first-time head coach. It seems that we can get rid of that concern now that he's landed Bradshaw.

Not only that, but Diebler landed a five-star recruit for the 2026 class recently as well. We saw that Diebler was good at the basketball aspect of leading a program when he took over in mid-February. Now, he's showing everyone he can recruit with the best of them too.

Ohio State's ceiling has been raised significantly for next season with Bradshaw. They have some talented guards and two really good centers. There is still work to be done at the forward position. They aren't done looking in the portal to improve their roster either.


This is a big win for the Ohio State basketball program for both the present and the future. Diebler should be thrilled with what he's done so far.