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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Ohio girls hoops recruiting notebook — Ohio State adds another in-state commit in Reynoldsburg’s Mya Perry

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, January 2, 2021, 3:47 pm

It may not get a ton of ink in Columbus, especially this week, but one Ohio State program had good news, amid all the COVID-19 issues.

Even while on an extended pause that has forced the rescheduling of three games, the Ohio State women’s basketball program picked up a big commitment from Reynoldsburg’s 5-foot-11 shooting guard Mya Perry, the Buckeyes’ second in-state commit for the 2022 recruiting class.

Perry dropped her decision video on Twitter at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. 

“It’s a process to success. Everything negative — pressure and challenges — are an opportunity for me to rise. Waking up at 6 a.m. to work out and get shots up is what separates one from another,” Perry said in the video. “The hard work and dedication I put in, day and night, to be able to accomplish my dreams is the reason why I’m where I’m at right now. I’m very grateful that God gave me the opportunity to go out and do what I love, and he’s guided me every step of the way.”

Perry’s elder sister, Maliya, was an Auburn signee in the 2019 class before transferring to Dayton. The younger Perry had offers from Murray State, Xavier, Indiana State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Georgia Southern and Oakland (Mich.), before getting the bid from Ohio State on Dec. 5.

The newest Buckeye commit joins Centreville, Ohio’s Cotie McMahon in OSU’s 2022 class. McMahon, who went over the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 28, committed to the Buckeyes back on Dec. 3, and is a four-star recruit ranked as the No. 9 wing in the 2022 class by ESPNW, and the No. 42 overall player. 

Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff’s 2019 recruiting class was ranked No. 3 in the nation, but lost three-time Ohio Ms. Basketball winner Kierstan Bell (Canton McKinley) and Kaelynn Satterfield to transfer. 

With Mya Perry, 6-foot-2 teammate Alexia Mobley (Louisville commit), the No. 29 prospect in the ’22 class, and three-star recruit Trinity Ramos, Reynoldsburg held the No. 14 slot in the nation in ESPNW’s preseason rankings. [Mobley, who has already earned college credits, is in the Class of ’22, is listed as a senior on the Reynoldsburg roster, what she calls her last go around.]

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Still plenty of in-state talent in the Class of 2022 available

With McMahon and Mobley off the board, four of the top six players in Ohio’s Class of ’22 are still mulling collegiate offers. 

Lakota West’s Chance Gray (No. 14), Toledo Notre Dame’s Grace VanSlooten (No. 16), Princeton’s Kyla Oldacre (No. 17), Mt. Notre Dame’s KK Bransford (27) are still uncommitted, among those listed on ESPNW’s Super 60.

Back in early November, VanSlooten listed her top 10 as: North Carolina, Gonzaga, Duke, Arizona, Baylor, Oregon, Clemson, Michigan, UCLA and Arizona State. In September, Bransford listed Maryland, UConn, Notre Dame, Michigan, Baylor, Texas, UCLA, Arizona, Duke, Louisville, Tennessee and North Carolina as her top 12.