Musa Jallow commits to Ohio State basketball, will reclassify to 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the Ohio State basketball team sitting at eight scholarship players for next season, new coach Chris Holtmann is on the look for any way he can still add players.

He found a way to add a pretty good one Friday.

Musa Jallow, a four-star wing from Bloomington, Ind., announced his commitment to Ohio State through his public Twitter account on Friday night. The former 2018 prospect will reclassify to 2017, and join the Buckeyes for next season.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound small forward chose the Buckeyes over Indiana, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Stanford and others. Jallow was also a high-priority target of Holtmann's at Butler. He's rated the No. 120 overall player in the 247Sports Class of 2017 composite ratings.

Jallow averaged 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game for Bloomington North last year.

He gives Ohio State an athletic, versatile wing who looks to have the ability to defend four positions, and could possibly provide some depth at guard. The Buckeyes are short there right now with C.J. Jackson and Kam Williams as the only guards on the roster. Williams said he's been working on his point guard skills this summer in case he's needed there. Jallow could also be an option.

Jallow becomes the third member of Ohio State's 2017 recruiting class, joining center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young, a former commitment of Holtmann's at Butler.

Ohio State still does not have any commitments for 2018, with now six spots available for that class, but adding someone of substance for this year was of greater importance for Holtmann if it could be done.

With the addition of Jallow, Ohio State now has nine scholarship players for next season, plus walk-on guard Joey Lane. Holtmann said he anticipates adding a few more walk-ons for next year. The Buckeyes are also in the running for combo guard Eric Ayala, who could reclassify from 2018 to 2017.