Ending a three-week saga after an almost three-year commitment to Ohio State, Upper Arlington High School boys basketball standout Dane Goodwin announced July 5 that he has committed to Notre Dame.

Goodwin, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, committed to the Buckeyes in December 2014 before his first game for the Golden Bears, but de-committed in mid-June after Thad Matta was fired and replaced by Butler coach Chris Holtmann.

Goodwin is a four-star shooting guard who averaged 25.5 points and 9.6 rebounds as a junior to lead UA to its second consecutive Division I district championship and third in four years. He was named OCC-Central Division Player of the Year and first-team all-district and all-state.

Goodwin took an official visit to OSU last week, after having done so to both Notre Dame and Villanova.

“Ready to be a part of the family,” Goodwin tweeted July 5, along with a shamrock symbolizing Notre Dame. “Thank you to coach (Mike) Brey and the Notre Dame staff for believing in me.”

Goodwin’s switch means Ohio State has no verbal commitments for its 2018 class, although it has offered, among others, Pickerington North forward Jerome Hunter.

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