ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball program has added guard Lunden McDay (Akron, Ohio) and forward Ben Wight (Worthington, Ohio) as part of the early signing period of its 2019-20 recruiting class, fifth-year head coach Saul Phillips announced on Thursday (Nov. 29).
A 6-3, 185-pound guard, McDay has won back-to-back Ohio State Championships (2016-17, 2017-18) at St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School under head coach Dru Joyce. During his junior season, McDay averaged 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds. And 2.0 assists per game. McDay also shot 58.5 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from three, helping earn him Second Team All-District and All-State Honorable Mention for his efforts. McDay also competed for Nova Village and is the son of David and London McDay.
"I fell in love with Lunden last year during the state tournament finals," said Phillips. "I liked him before that, but he's just a really solid all-around player. He plays with a lot of poise. He's athletic. He's smart and he's well coached. It's a very natural fit for us."
A 6-9, 200-pound forward, Wight will play his senior season at Thomas Worthington High School under head coach Sean Luzader. During his junior campaign, Wight averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game and was named All-Ohio Capital Conference and All-District Honorable Mention for his efforts. Wight also competed for Nova Village and is the son of Bill and Stacey Wight.
"Ben has a lot of upside," said Phillips. "He's long and athletic and his body could still really fill out. He finishes really well around the rim. His parents are both Bobcats and is in love with the school. I look for him to have a really productive senior year in high school, but I can't wait to get ahold of him. His hands are good and his finishes really well around the hoop and he's extremely active."
The 2018-19 Bobcats are currently off to a 4-2 start and are coming off of a commanding 89-65 victory over Iona on Tuesday (Nov. 27) night. Ohio is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 1 when Ohio hosts Conference USA rival, Marshall. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.