Ohio State basketball is down a man in their highly touted 2018 class after just one year on campus. Just a few days after a season ending loss to Houston in the Round of 32, four-star forward Jaedon LeDee has entered his name into the transfer portal, and will be playing the remainder of his college basketball elsewhere. The story was broken by Bill Landis:
Another Ohio State hoops note: Freshman center Jaedon LeDee has entered his name in the transfer portal— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) March 28, 2019
LeDee played sparingly for Ohio State in his lone year with the program. He saw just three minutes a game on average, though he did see the floor in 26 of the Buckeyes’ games. However, he saw significant playing time (greater than 15 minutes) just three times all year, and didn’t play in any of Ohio State’s four final games.
The most we saw of LeDee this year was against Purdue, when he filled in for a suspended Kaleb Wesson. He played a career high 22 minutes, recorded 16 points on 4/9 shooting (8/11 from the free throw line) and added three rebounds in a losing effort.
With this departure, Ohio State now has two open scholarships to work with this offseason. We wrote earlier this week about what they may do with what was one free spot, and now that they have a second, I’d be stunned if Chris Holtmann didn’t wade into the transfer market to find a backup center for Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young.
Update (3:48 p.m. ET, 3/28)
An OSU spokesperson verified the LeDee transfer request on Twitter.
Jaedon LeDee (Fr., F, Houston) has notified the @OhioStateHoops staff of his intentions to transfer.— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) March 28, 2019
"Jaedon is a terrific young man. We appreciate the contribution he made to our team and wish him the best going forward."
--Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes