Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann claps in affirmation in the
second half of the game against Cleveland State on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

Ohio State did not look far to earn its third basketball commit in the 2021 recruiting class.

St. Vincent-St. Mary four-star shooting guard Malaki Branham announced his commitment to Ohio State Wednesday. Branham is the top-ranked recruit from Ohio and is the fifth-ranked shooting guard in the country. 

The Akron, Ohio, native selected Ohio State over offers from Louisville, Xavier and Baylor, among others. 

Branham joins fellow four-stars and Ohio-natives Kalen Etzler and Meechie Johnson in Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class.