Ohio State SG (5) - Malaki Branham (****)

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    One of Ohio’s top basketball recruits is getting close to narrowing down his list. Malaki Branham, the No. 2 player in the state and the No. 4 SG in the nation, tweeted out on Monday that he is close to dropping his top seven. The 6-foot-4 St. Vincent-St. Mary product has one Crystal Ball prediction at this time, and it is in favor of Ohio State.
     
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    Warm up the Grinch everyone............

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    In two days, the world will learn where the top target on Ohio State’s recruiting board for over a year is heading.

    Soon after telling Eleven Warriors he’s “very close” to making a commitment and already knows where he’ll end up, four-star shooting guard Malaki Branham took to Twitter on Sunday evening to say he’ll make his college announcement public at 2:22 p.m. on Wednesday. The Buckeyes are vying with Xavier, Louisville and Alabama for his pledge.

    Throughout the entire process, Branham has been able to keep much of his recruitment under wraps, despite being the No. 27 overall recruit and top-rated Ohioan in the 2021 cycle. Ohio State, along with the rest of the schools in consideration, has struggled to get a clear read on where exactly it stands, which has led to a nerve-wracking past few days as it became clear that a decision was coming closer. Branham has remained tight-lipped with his eventual selection.

    Right now, though, it’s fair to view the Buckeyes as the favorite for the St. Vincent-St. Mary rising senior.

    They’ve been recruiting him for nearly three years, with head coach Chris Holtmann and assistant coach Ryan Pedon building a long-standing relationship with him. Branham said he has grown “a trust” with them. They told him they intend to throw him into “the fire as a freshman,” which he noted as a positive.

    The 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard would be an optimal complement to point guard Meechie Johnson in the 2021 backcourt. They’re both prolific scorers with developing games who can score at multiple levels.

    It’s been difficult for the Buckeyes to remain patient throughout the process, but they won’t have to wait much longer. One way or another, it’ll come to an end on Wednesday afternoon.
     
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