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Cincinnati Princeton shooting guard Jordan Sibert has verbally committed to Ohio State

Jordan Sibert, who is 6-3 and 180 pounds, is the fourth player to commit to the Buckeyes from the 2010 class. The others are Columbus Northland power forward Jared Sullinver along with Bishop Luers (Ind.) forward DeShaun Thomas and Cleveland Benedictine guard Cameron Wright.


A severe windstorm made electricity a luxury for hundreds of thousands of Cincinnati-area residents last week.

Despite the power outage, Cincinnati Princeton junior shooting guard Jordan Sibert moved forward with his recruiting and narrowed his choices to seven last week.

The process was quickly resolved soon after as Sibert made an oral commitment to play for Ohio State on Saturday.

Sibert, who is 6-3 and 180 pounds, is the fourth player to commit to the Buckeyes from the 2010 class. The others are Columbus Northland power forward Jared Sullinver along with Bishop Luers (Ind.) forward DeShaun Thomas and Cleveland Benedictine guard Cameron Wright.

“It’s a great feeling; I don’t have to worry about who is recruiting me anymore,” Sibert said. “Now, I can just keep focusing on school and the basketball season coming up.”

Sibert, who chose Ohio State over Xavier and West Virginia, averaged 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals last season for the Vikings. He helped lead Princeton to the Division I regional semifinals last winter.

Sibert said he felt comfortable around the Buckeyes’ coaching staff.

“They didn’t pressure me,” Sibert said. “They didn’t show me glitz or glamour. They basically told me what I needed to hear not only about basketball but academic-wise.”

It also helped that Sullinger was a teammate of Sibert this summer. Both players helped lead the All-Ohio Red to the AAU 16-and-under national title in July. Sullinger committed to the Buckeyes in May 2007.

“That was crazy, I never won a national championship before,” Sibert said.

Last week Sibert discussed the recruiting situation with his family and narrowed his choices to Ohio State, West Virginia, Xavier, Louisville, Maryland, Miami and Cincinnati.

“We are elated for him and his family,” Princeton coach Josh Andrews said.

Andrews said the Ohio State coaching staff was straightforward with Sibert and the campus was at an attractive location.

“His work ethic is impressive and his ability to be coached is off the charts,” Andrews said. “He’s already got the talent. We expect him to continue to get better.”

Princeton, which returns four starters, lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier in the regional semifinals last year.

Sibert is the third Princeton starter to commit to a college program. Senior guards Marquis Horne and Orlando Williams made earlier decisions. Horne has committed to Ohio University, while Williams has committed to Miami (Ohio).

“I think we can be pretty good,” Sibert said. “We have all the key tools we need. It just depends on hard we work.”

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