After picking up a pair of letters of intent on the first day of college basketball's early signing period, Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta spoke about his two new arrivals on Wednesday at a news conference, reported by The Columbus Dispatch.
Matta landed a pair of four-star 2013 prospects in Baltimore guard Kameron Williams and Toledo native Marc Loving, and believes the two talented high school players will fit seamlessly into his program next season.
"When I first saw Kam this summer, it was kind of like, ‘That’s exactly what I was looking for,’ a guard that finds ways to score the basketball," Matta said. "He’s a great free throw shooter, he gets to the foul line, he shoots threes, he finishes, he’s very, very athletic for his size."
A local product who has grown into his body since pledging to sign with the Buckeyes more than two years ago, Loving's development over the last few seasons has also been a pleasant surprise for Matta and his staff.
"He’s one of those guys that you like in recruiting because when he committed to us he was about 6-6 and he’s almost 6-9 now," said Matta. "He’s a guy that I think can play multiple positions for us with his skill level, his ability to shoot the basketball, with his size."
Following a 2012 signing period where Matta and the Buckeyes only added one player in three-star guard Amedeo Della Valle, the additions of Williams and Loving should play a significant role in ushering in a new era of players under Matta's watch. With stars like Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith Jr. all likely to head to the NBA after the year, Williams and Loving could easily find themselves with a shot to play a significant role next season.