'21 OH C - Logan Duncomb (Verbal Offer)

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    Logan Duncomb didn’t think he’d leave Columbus on Friday with an offer.

    Not when he and his Archbishop Moeller team made the drive from Cincinnati to Columbus. Not when assistant coach Ryan Pedon invited him to the coaches offices for measurements. And not even during the conversation with Chris Holtmann that ended with him giving Duncomb the news.

    But it happened.

    “I did not think I was going to get an offer today,” Duncomb told Eleven Warriors on Friday. “I thought, I mean, there'd be a chance maybe because (the coaches are) here. I knew I was going to talk to coach Pedon because I called him before the camp. But I just thought we were going to talk more about Ohio State. I didn't expect to get offered at all. I thought we were just going to have another talk.”

    Holtmann, Pedon, Terry Johnson and Mike Netti had just watched the big man lead his team to victory against St. Vincent-St. Mary, and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff had seen enough. Pedon brought Duncomb to Holtmann’s office, taking an abbreviated tour on the way up.

    First, Duncomb got measured – he’s 6-foot-8 without shoes, 6-foot-10 with shoes, has a 7-foot-1 wingspan and weighs 225 pounds. Then he began talking about his academics and his team with Holtmann. At the end of the 15-minute discussion, Holtmann made what Duncomb called an “abrupt” move and extended him an offer, surprising him.

    Duncomb called the moment “awesome,” saying he got “butterflies.”

    “It was cool,” Duncomb said. “I've always wanted to play in the Big Ten, so the ability to play in the Big Ten is sick, awesome for me.”

    Since Duncomb’s father graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law, Duncomb has spent a healthy amount of his life watching the Big Ten, which he called his favorite conference.

    “I like the competition, too,” Duncomb said. “Super competitive. Bunch of good schools academically too, and I take my academics seriously.”

    With Ohio State extending offers to Duncomb, Malaki Branham and Kalen Etzler in the past month, Holtmann has shown a willingness to go after in-state prospects he likes, even though they haven’t been recruited heavily yet.

    Before the Buckeyes offered him on May 9, Branham only held offers from Akron, Duquesne and Ohio. Etzler, who committed to Ohio State on May 12, had Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and Duquesne offers.

    Duncomb only had an offer from Miami (Ohio). However, he impressed Holtmann and his staff enough for them to make him the fourth in-state 2021 prospect to earn an offer, joining Branham, Etzler and Meechie Johnson.

    Given his age, Duncomb could easily grow into becoming a true center, but in the past year he has made significant advancements in his game that have allowed him to extend his shooting range and improve as a ballhandler.

    “I feel like I'm kind of a stretch four,” Duncomb said. “My main game is to go in the post because I've always been in the post, but I've been working to stretch out my game, be able to dribble, be able to shoot it.”

    A year ago, Duncomb said, he never took any 3-pointers in games. But since Moeller has a program that forced him to take 8,000 triples during the summer, he has developed confidence to shoot from beyond the arc.

    He has just a year of experience playing varsity basketball but is already the top-ranked 2021 center in Ohio, per Triple Double Prospects. Duncomb spent his first season at Moeller playing on the freshman team after entering high school as what he described as an “awful” player.

    And he stressed that’s not an exaggeration.

    “Actually awful,” Duncomb said. “Like, maybe averaging four points a game. Freshman year really helped me out coming to Moeller. I gained a lot of confidence to try to score the ball. I got better at D. I got better at everything. Freshman year really helped. Being on the freshman team was probably the best thing for me because I was able to develop.”

    It’s hard to deny that based on the offer he received on Friday in the same building his team won the state championship in March.

    Duncomb won’t rush his decision. Since he’s already aiming to study pre-med in college with the intention of eventually becoming a pediatrician, he’ll want to ensure he makes the correct decision about his future. So while the Ohio State offer might alter or speed up his recruitment, he prefers not to prognosticate on what’s to come.

    “I don't want to think that I'm anything different because I got an offer from Ohio State,” Duncomb said. “So just plan on keep playing how I play and try to keep getting better because I have a lot to improve still. I'm not there yet.”
     
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