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Four-star forward Devin Royal stays home, commits to Ohio State

Joe Tipton08/03/22
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Devin Royal
Devin Royal / Player submitted photo (Credit: @marskimedia/IG)

Class of 2023 four-star prospect Devin Royal has announced his commitment to Ohio State.

The 6-foot-6 versatile forward out of Pickerington (Ohio) Central chose the Buckeyes over Michigan State, Marquette, Penn State, Alabama, and others. His high school is located less than 30 minutes away from the campus of Ohio State.

What is Ohio State getting in four-star Devin Royal?

Royal is the No. 61 overall prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus, the average ranking from all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 10 power forward and the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio.

On3’s evaluators are much higher than the industry on Royal, ranking him 26th nationally in the class.

Royal will join forces in Columbus with his AAU teammate, four-star guard George Washington III. Top-150 big man Austin Parks is also committed to the Buckeyes.

This summer, Royal averaged 19 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game for All Ohio Red on the EYBL Circuit. He also shot 56 percent from the field and nearly 80 percent from the free throw line.

Royal talks Ohio State

In a previous interview with On3, Royal discussed the Buckeyes.

“Their program is really nice, and I like the coaches; we have a good relationship. They want me to be a wing player, be like an EJ Liddell. Make an impact like he did.”

Scouting Summary

Devin Royal has long arms and a strong frame. The 6-foot-6 forward is an advanced scorer with a great feel. He has touch and range off the catch from three. Royal moves well off the ball, finds the open space in the defense, has great balance, and is squared up at the basket. The foot speed may be a question and would like to see him rebound at a higher rate. He is a tweener forward, but his offensive feel would allow him to play either way. He is a bonafide top 100 talent.

Broad shoulders, long arms. A face-up forward. High IQ and can handle, shoot, and pass. An active rebounder. Plays within self. Nice vertical pop. Quick first step from mid-post creates free throw opportunities. Makes his free throws. Many similarities to Mason Gillis.

On3’s Jamie Shaw, National Recruiting Analyst