'22 OH SG - Chris Livingston (Verbal Offer)

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    Ohio State has already offered Akron Buchtel shooting guard Chris Livingston. The 6-5 Livingston was offered after appearing at OSU’s team camp. Akron and UAB have also come in with early offers. Livingston performed well at the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp earlier this fall.
     
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    Chris Livingston (2022 – Buchtel)
    Unranked 6-foot-5, 170-pound wing
    Don't be fooled by Livingston's lack of a ranking. He's so young that most recruiting analysts haven't begun to rank players at his age. But he's undoubtedly a future five-star prospect and a top-10 national recruit. He's on the path to become a first-round NBA draft pick.

    Livingston is such a high-level prospect that there's a growing chance he won't attend college. The NBA has formally proposed dropping the age restriction to enter the league from 19 to 18, which would allow players to enter the draft out of high school. If passed in time, Livingston would be a prime candidate to leave early.

    Holtmann and his staff has already begun to recruit the future in-state five-star prospect. Ohio State offered him a scholarship last summer before Livingston had ever played a minute of high-school basketball. Florida and Akron have also offered scholarships to the Buchtel star, and other schools will surely be soon to follow.

    It will be an immensely difficult battle for the Buckeyes to win, but they'll work the next couple years to earn his pledge. Even if he's a one-and-done player, Livingston's impact on Ohio State would be drastic.
     
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    Chris Livingston doesn’t look or play like any typical 16-year old. That must’ve been the case at age 14, too, since that’s when he picked up an offer from Ohio State.

    In the two years since Chris Holtmann pulled the trigger, Livingston has developed into everything anybody could have imagined. He's a ridiculously athletic 6-foot-5, 170-pound shooting guard who's ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in 2022 yet feels as though he has barely begun to touch his potential.

    "He’s the most athletic human being I have ever seen in person, for real," Western Reserve Academy coach Thomas Adams-Wall said.

    You'll get no arguments here.

    Adams-Wall made that claim about 15 minutes after his team lost, 59-57, to Columbus Academy on Saturday. Livingston, who transferred to Western Reserve Academy after playing his freshman season at Buchtel, did what he could to keep his team in the game. He had more than half of his team's offense, dropping 31 points to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

    Livingston had a chance to tie the game up in the final seconds, but his jump shot didn't fall.

    "I know I'm a good shooter, but I've got to get better at it," Livingston said. "I've got to be knockdown every game. I'm going to keep trying it because I've got to get better. I'm not going to be complacent with where I'm at. I've got to add more stuff to my game to get better and reach the level I want to be at."

    The quick scouting report...

    Livingston has everything anyone could ask for in somebody with his frame. He's athletic, instinctive and makes everything look easy on offense. Playing against a team without anybody even remotely as physically gifted as him, Livingston carved up Columbus Academy on the bounce, able to get to the rim seemingly at will.

    "I think now I'm getting to the level where I can just dominate at will every game if I have to," Livingston said.

    He says he's trying to expand his offensive game, leading to an abundance of 3-pointers and deep 2s. His stroke looks clean, though the shot selection wasn't great since he has the ultimate green light. The other aspect of his game that shouldn't get overlooked? He's both a willing and adept passer. Defensively, he wasn't much of a factor since nobody ever really went at him on that end of the court.

    Just a sophomore, Livingston already claims offers from Ohio State, Indiana, Florida, UAB, Iowa State and Akron. By the end of his high school career, expect that list to lengthen.

    "All the schools that have offered me, they've been keeping in contact with me, sending me letters and talking to my coaches and things like that," Livingston said. "I've been keeping in contact with Ohio State, Florida, all those other coaches."

    The NBA, should the rules change by 2022 to allow high schoolers to immediately get drafted, could be an option too.
     
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