Ohio State Basketball: Chris Holtmann lands outstanding transfer

Chris Holtmann landed an outstanding transfer for his Ohio State basketball team who will be eligible to play immediately.

Seth Towns has decided he wants to come home and finish his college career playing for the Ohio State basketball team. The Harvard transfer has two years of eligibility remaining per 247Sports.

Towns is from Columbus and was ranked the No. 25 small forward and 129 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite.

His college career was off to a good start before suffering an injury that forced him to miss the last two seasons. As a freshman Towns averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. The following season those totals increased to 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and he was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Towns is listed at 6 ft. 7, 205 pounds and certainly is a great addition to the team. Andre Wesson, also from the Columbus area and a member of the 2016 recruiting class, will be moving on so coach Holtmann will have to replace his 9.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

In addition to the oldest Wesson graduating, it has been reported by 247Sports freshman Alonzo Gaffney may be leaving the basketball program. The 6 ft. 9 forward only averaged about 7 minutes a game scoring 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds last season but there were high expectations for the former top 50 recruit next season.

With Towns coming on board and Cal transfer Justice Sueing eligible next season, coach Holtmann should be set as far as veteran forwards are concerned. Freshman E.J. Liddell came on strong the second half of the Big Ten schedule and Kyle Young is a terrific all-around power forward.

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Another player will be joining the group. Zed Key is a 6 ft. 7 power forward in this year’s class. If he makes an impact as a true freshman like Liddell that would certainly be a plus.



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