Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Cameron Johnson #23 and Sheldon Jeter #21 of the Pittsburgh Panthers talk against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the first half during the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Cameron Johnson #23 and Sheldon Jeter #21 of the Pittsburgh Panthers talk against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the first half during the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Aaron Thompson, a point guard from Fairfax, Va., went back into the recruiting pool when he was released from his letter of intent to attend Pittsburgh last week.

Could he end up in the Buckeye State?

Jon Rothstein of Fanrag Sports reported Tuesday the three-star prospect has received interest from Ohio State and Dayton along with Georgetown, VCU and Butler.

Ohio State is also in pursuit of former Panther Cameron Johnson, a 6-foot-8 guard who will graduate from Pittsburgh and find a new school at the conclusion of spring semester.

Both Thompson, a 2017 recruit, and Johnson, a grad transfer with two years of eligibility remaining, could help Thad Matta’s beleaguered Buckeye program this fall.

Matta has some heavy duty competition for Johnson, though, as his reported final six (via ESPN) also includes Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona and TCU (where former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon is now).

New Dayton coach Anthony Grant is also in need of some immediate help at point guard after the graduation of Scoochie Smith, transfer of John Crosby and loss of recruit McKinley Wright (who is reportedly still considering UD).

UD hosted graduate transfer Mark Alstork, who led Wright State in scoring last season, on a visit Monday night.

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