Dominick Barlow Plays His Way Towards The Ohio State Scholarship Offer
Whit Lesure has yet to coach Dominick Barlow. That process will begin next week, when the three-star forward officially begins his senior season at Bridgton (Maine) Academy.
So, for now, the coach entering his 23rd season at the academy has kept his thoughts on the 6-foot-9, 205-pound Barlow. But there’s a reason why Barlow, who landed a scholarship offer from the state of Ohio last week, joins the program for his senior season.
“I think he’s a versatile and perfectly modern basketball player,” Lesure said. “A positionless guy who I think is very attractive to so many coaches on both sides of the pitch these days. Multiple facets offensively, defensively capable of holding multiple positions, all that sort of thing.
After three seasons in Dumont, New Jersey, Barlow is just starting to find his way on the national recruiting radar. 247Sports.com ranks him as the nation’s No.145 rookie and the nation’s No.27 forward, while Rivals.com unranked him and ESPN doesn’t have him in their database.
He made his way on the Ohio State radar while adjusting for NY Renaissance on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit. Among his teammates: Roddy Gayle, a four-star goalie and one of four verbal commitments for the Buckeyes in 2022.
Barlow wasn’t the only 2022 prospect to land a new offer from the state of Ohio. On Friday, the Buckeyes also offered Brice Sensabaugh, a small three-star forward in the 247Sports composite rankings. Listed at 6-6, 240, Sensabaugh is ranked No. 251 nationally as he begins his senior season at Orlando Lake Highland Prep.
Sensabaugh also played AAU basketball with a future Buckeye: five-star goalie Bruce Thornton, who was his teammate on the E1T1 team. So did Dillon Mitchell, a four-star forward who was high on the Ohio State roster and looked set to commit to the program before landing a two-year contract offer from the new Overtime. Elite League..
Looking at Thornton and Gayle, the Ohio State coaches were sufficiently impressed with Mitchell and now both Sensabaugh and Barlow to offer them scholarships as well. While the Buckeyes can still add a fifth engagement, the class could end with all four members in its current form.
Over the summer, Barlow added offers from Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Xavier, South Carolina, Florida, Iona, Syracuse, Nebraska , DePaul, USC and Seton Hall before Ohio State.
It’s a situation Lesure said he would talk to Barlow about at greater length once he got to campus.
“I’ve had some preliminary discussions and I know what he’s thinking,” he said. “Lots of schools on his radar. He takes advantage of a year to see where things are going. What I told him is better. There is a house for you, and you will find the right house, but the real problem is what happens when you get there. You want to be the sticky guy. You want to be a guy who excels. You want to be a guy who is prepared.
Barlow, who only appeared in the 247Sports rankings in May when he was ranked No.196 overall, appears to be doing just that.