While the world has been spinning out of control, it has been an up-and-down week for the Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team. On Thursday, heralded freshman D.J. Carton announced that he would be transferring; then on Saturday night, 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year and soon-to-be Harvard graduate Seth Towns announced that he would be continuing his career at Ohio State this fall; and finally on Sunday, Brian Snow of 247Sports reported that another one of Ohio State’s Big Ten best 2019 recruiting class would be departing the program.
Freshman forward Alonzo Gaffney missed the last three games of the season, the first two reportedly due to illness, but head coach Chris Holtmann was a bit more elusive when explaining why the Cleveland native was absent for the Buckeyes’ finale against Michigan State.
Snow is now reporting that Gaffney will not only be exiting the OSU program, but college basketball all together as he will look to explore his options of playing professional basketball. Having averaged only 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game while seeing action in 17 contests for the Bucks, Gaffney’s options will likely be limited to playing overseas (assuming that will again eventually be an option) or the G-League.
With the departures of Carton and Gaffney, Holtmann’s squad is now at its scholarship limit following the addition of Towns. There have been rumors about Holtmann potentially adding another guard via transfer; whether that is to play immediately or to begin competition in 2021 is yet to be determined.
We will have more on the ever evolving state of the OSU men’s basketball roster in the coming days.