Five-Star 2021 Center Charles Bediako Lists Ohio State Among Top Schools

By July 4, 2020 (10:00 am)Basketball

Ohio State is in the mix for another one of the top prospects in the 2021 recruiting class.

Just a week after five-star center Chet Holmgren included them in his final list, five-star center Charles Bediako included the Buckeyes in his top 10 list.

Joining Ohio State on Bediako’s list were Alabama, Baylor, Duke, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, and USC.

Bediako is the No. 20 overall prospect and the No. 3 center in the 2021 class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. 

The 6-foot-11, 215-pound big man from Ontario, Canada, is transferring from Willoughby (Ohio) Andrews Osborne Academy to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy ahead of his senior season. 

In the 2021 class, the Buckeyes hold commitments from three-star wing/forward Kalen Etzler and four-star guard Meechie Johnson.

A breakdown of Bediako’s game was done by 247Sports’ Josh Gershon.

“Mobile center with good size, long arms and budding athleticism,” Gershon wrote. “Very physically immature with a frame that should eventually carry a lot more weight. Has improved motor/competitiveness throughout high school career. 

“Still relatively raw on offense but hands and feet don’t give serious limitations. Can finish with both hands but prefers right. Footwork and face up ability could improve. Has made progress as rebounder and rim protector with strength. 

“Needs to get stronger and add to skill but has high ceiling. On path to be high major starter with professional upside depending on skill development.”

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