Harvard small forward Seth Towns announced his decision to join the Ohio State men’s basketball program as a graduate transfer during a guest appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Saturday night.
I’m coming home pic.twitter.com/WB7rjzekqI
— Seth 💤 (@seth_towns17) March 22, 2020
The 6-7, 205-pound Towns was considered a three-star prospect coming out of Columbus Northland in 2016, but became a star during his first two seasons with the Crimson. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a freshman and 16 points and 5.7 rebounds per game to earn Ivy League Player of the Year and AP All-American honorable mention honors as a sophomore.
Towns — who missed the last two seasons with a knee injury — picked the Buckeyes over offers from Duke, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Syracuse and Virginia. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Ohio State has made a habit of pursuing transfers in recent years, having added Eastern Florida State College point guard C.J. Jackson, Wake Forest point guard Keyshawn Woods, Florida State point guard C.J. Walker and California forward Justice Sueing in recent seasons.
Even with the departure of point guard D.J. Carton — who announced his decision to enter the transfer portal on Thursday afternoon following an extended leave of absence from the team to address mental health issues — Towns’ arrival puts the Buckeyes above the scholarship limit for the 2020-21 season. That could change, though, as junior forward Kaleb Wesson has a decision to make about returning for his senior season or entering the 2020 NBA Draft.
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