Less than a year after seeing top LDS prep basketball prospect Jabari Parker snub them and choose to attend Duke, BYU coaches lost out on another highly recruited Mormon star Thursday night.
Payton Dastrup, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from Mountain View High in Mesa, Ariz., said during a news conference at his school that he has chosen Ohio State. Dastrup is expected to sign with the Buckeyes when the early signing period begins Wednesday, but won't enroll at Ohio State until 2016. Instead, Dastrup has said he will go on a two-year LDS Church mission next summer when he graduates from high school.
A few weeks ago, Dastrup told reporters that he was the most comfortable at BYU, but that Ohio State was better at "getting people into the NBA."