Nov. 12, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Two high school seniors and one prep school student-athlete signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Ohio State, Jim O’Brien, Buckeyes’ head men’s coach, announced Wednesday. All three will be freshmen at Ohio State in 2004-05.
Jamar Butler, a 6-2, 190-pound guard from Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio, Matt Terwilliger, a 6-9, 215-pound forward from Troy High School in Troy, Ohio, and Jermyl (JUR-mel) Jackson-Wilson, a 6-7, 220-pound forward from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wis., all joined the Ohio State program Wednesday.
Butler averaged 30 points and eight assists a game as a junior at Shawnee. He is rated among the Top 40-60 players nationally by various recruiting services and as the No. 1 player in Ohio by PrepSpotlight.com. He will be in contention for Ohio’s Mr. Basketball award in 2003-04.
A starter since his freshman season, Butler has been named first team all-state, All-District 8 and All-Western Buckeye League. He was the WBL player of the year as a junior. Entering his senior season, Butler has scored 1,740 points for an average of 26.8 ppg. He has 378 career assists (5.8 apg.). His teams have compiled a 47-18 record the last three years.
Terwilliger, who played alongside Butler on the Cleveland Basketball AAU Club, rates as one of the Top 50-75 high school players nationally by recruiting services, and is rated the No. 1 power forward in Ohio by PrepSpotlight.com. He averaged 17 points and nine rebounds as a junior at Troy. He also will be in the running for Mr. Basketball in Ohio this year.
A first team Greater Western Ohio Conference member, Terwilliger also was a District 9 first teamer as a junior. A varsity starter since his freshman campaign, Ohio State coaches feel he is an athletic big man with the ability to run the floor and score both inside and out.
Jackson-Wilson, rated by Hoop Scoop Online as the No. 46 prep player nationally, is playing at Fork Union Military Academy this season after graduating from Rufus King in the spring of 2003. He averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds a game as a senior at Rufus King. His high school team won the Wisconsin state title with a 26-0 record as a senior. He was an all-city and all-area selection for the No. 1-rated team in Wisconsin and the No. 17-rated team nationally in the USA Today Poll in 2003.
O’Brien said the three newest Buckeyes will easily blend with the current roster of players.
“We are very happy to have Jamar, Matt and Jermyl part of our program,” O’Brien said. “Jamar is a terrific point guard who can score. Matt has a versatile game as he can play both close and away from the basket, and Jermyl is an exceptional athlete who can guard every position. All three are good players and great kids who will fit in with us very nicely.”