Top basketball targets Royal and Booker face off at OSU camp

The stars were out in force for the first day of Ohio State’s men’s basketball program team camp at Schottenstein Center on Thursday.

Team camp allows high school teams to gather in one location and compete against each other. The showpiece match of the day was a clash of state champions as Pickerington Central took on Indianapolis Cathedral. The game also tied two of OSU’s top targets of 2023 in Forward Pick Central. Soothsayer Royal and Indy Cathedral ahead Xavier Booker.

Booker’s side took the win, although it should be noted that Pick Central were ahead when Royal suffered an ankle injury and had to leave the game.

Check out five video clips from the Pick Central-Indy Cathedral game below.

Also in attendance was Columbus Africentric, which is led by another 2023 star in the wing Swain.

Other prospects who were on display Thursday included:

* Columbus Africentric 2024 guard Cortez Freeman, who transferred from Canal Winchester to join his cousin Swain with the Nubians;

* Jesse McCulloch, forward for East Cleveland Lutheran East 2024;

* Richmond Heights, Ohio, with 2025 shooting guard Dorian Jones;

* Toledo Whitmer with 2025 goaltender Antoine West;

* Erlanger (Ky.) Lloyd Memorial with 2025 forward EJ Walker; and

* East Cleveland Lutheran East 2026 TJ Crumble wing.

The camp will continue on Friday with more teams and better prospects. Among those expected are:

* St. Marys Memorial (Ohio) with center 2023 Austin Parkswho signed up for Ohio State (Parks, however, can’t play due to injury);

* Erie (Pennsylvania) Keystone Academy with guard 2024 Dellquan Warren;

* Toledo Emmanuel Christian School with Combo Guard 2025 jerry easter; and

* Westerville (Ohio) Northside Christian School with Landon Vanderwalker wing 2025.

Check out photos and videos from Thursday’s camp below. Stay tuned for interviews with Royal, Swain and Booker.

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