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Ohio State Basketball's Top-5 2015 Recruiting Class Was A Colossal Bust

Ohio State basketball's 2015 recruiting class was supposed to return the program to glory.

Ohio State made a second-straight early exit from the NCAA Tournament in 2015. Still, there was no reason to panic in Columbus because help was supposed to be on the way.

The Buckeyes signed the nation's No. 5 recruiting class in 2015, a collection of four-star recruits projected to lead OSU deep into March Madness in the coming years. If some of those guys left school early, it would be understandable, because they would have gone to the NBA.

Well, things didn't work out as planned. With the arrest of JaQuan Lyle this weekend--and the subsequent news he quit the program last month anyway--all five signees from that 2015 haul are gone. None are in the pros.

  • Four-star shooting guard JaQuan Lyle - quit OSU in April
  • Four-star power forward Daniel Giddens - transferred to Alabama
  • Four-star shooting guard Austin Grandstaff- transferred to Oklahoma, now at DePaul
  • Four-star point guard A.J. Harris - transferred to New Mexico State
  • Four-star small forward Mickey Mitchell - transferred to Cal-Santa Barbara, now at Arizona State

Ohio State has missed back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. After a 17-15 season in 2016-17, head coach Thad Matta is on the hot seat.

If Matta loses his job next year, look no further than the ill-fated 2015 recruiting class to see a major example of where things went wrong.