Bronny James Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; LeBron James and his son Bronny James look on before a football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Robertson-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State basketball program lost one of its 2023 commitments on Monday morning when four-star shooting guard George Washington III announced that he is de-committing from the program, and there’s a chance the move could have something to do with Bronny James, the son of NBA star LeBron James.

Washington announced his decision to de-commit from Ohio State on Twitter, thanking head coach Chris Holtmann and all of Buckeye Nation.

“First, I would like to thank Coach Holtmann and the entire coaching staff for believing in me. I would also like to thank Buckeye Nation and the entire OSU family for welcoming me into my community.” Washington said in his message. “However, at this time, after much thought, prayer, and deep discussion with my family, I would like to announce that I’ll be de-committing from The Ohio State University and reopening my recruitment. Thank you OSU for the opportunity and understanding – I will always love Buckeye Nation.”

This move is notable as it could relate to Bronny James’ recruitment as Washington plays the same shooting guard position as Bronny, and the two are in the same recruiting class. Making the situation even more interesting, Bronny was just at Ohio State for a college visit this weekend where got a warm welcome from the Buckeye fans.

Ohio State is also actively recruiting four-star combo guard Taison Chatman, who is actually a higher-rated prospect than Bronny. Either way, Washington’s de-commitment opens up room for one or both of them to join Ohio State’s 2023 class.

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