Thad Matta lands his BIG man

basketball_icon4star_recruit_iconThe 2014 class for the Ohio State mens Basketball team has been one of the best ever for OSU. Thad Matta and his coaches have worked relentlessly to fill up this huge class. They landed a five star guy in D’Angelo Russell and 3 other 4 star recruits that made the class one of the largest and highest ranked in recent memory. Already ranked as one of the top 3 classes the addition of a big man to the class seemed to never work out. Time after time they had guys pick other schools over OSU. Coach Matta didnt hang his head he went to work and finally last night landed the big man he was chasing.


Payton Dastrup announced his commitment at his High School and it was first reported online by his father via twitter…

Payton Dastrup is a 6’9″ 230 lbs 4 star PF/C from Mesa, Arizona. Payton is a big kid with a smooth shooting touch who can play inside or out and will no doubt stretch defenses in college. He is not your prototypical B1G big man but is a more athletic guy who can play several positions for Coach Matta. The one thing OSU fans will have to understand is that Payton will be going on a 2 year mission while he serves a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). He is set to go as soon as he graduates and will not return until the 2016 season. Coach Matta understood this and agreed to extend a scholarship offer which Payton gladly accepted. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and the 110th best player in the country. Rivals ranks him a 4 star and the 100th best recruit in the nation. Scout ranks him a 4 star and the 18th best Center in the country. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and the 98th best player in the country.

You can follow Payton Dastrup by clicking @PDastrup