Unfortunately, roster turnover has become the rule, rather than the exception in college basketball and once again, that's true for coach Chris Holtmann and his Basketball Buckeyes. Sophomore guard Luther Muhammed, a two-year starter at OSU, is the latest underclassmen who has decided to leave the Buckeye program. Ohio State basketball Sports Information Director Dan Wallenberg announced the news Sunday afternoon.
Muhammed averaged better than 7 points a game in his two years at Ohio State but was best known for his tenacious defense, as Holtmann typically used Muhammed to match up against each opponents best perimeter player.
Muhammed's transfer is the latest in a string of early departures at Ohio State. In the last two weeks, freshman guard D.J. Carton and freshman forward Alonzo Gaffney both chose to leave and Center Kaleb Wesson is likely headed out as well. Wesson announced last week that he was entering the NBA draft. He could test the waters and return to Ohio State as he did a year ago, but it appears likely that Wesson this time is gone for good.
Holtmann does have reinforcements ready to go, but it's clear the roster will look significantly different next year. New to OSU will be Cal transfer Justice Sueing. The 6'6 forward, who averaged better than 14 points a game in the 2018-19 season, will be eligible after sitting out last season. Also new will be 6'7 forward Seth Towns, who Holtmann landed on the grad transfer market. Towns, a Columbus Northland product, starred for Harvard. Additionally, Musa Jallow, who missed this past season with a foot injury, will again be available to the Buckeyes. Nonetheless, it's likely Holtmann will track down another transfer or two. Ohio State is a finalist for one of the top transfer guards on the market in Jamarius Burton.
Burton, a starter for two years at Wichita State, averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore last season but even if Holtmann lands him, he would not be of help next year. Unlike Towns, Burton is not a graduate transfer so wherever he ends up, he will have to sit out a year. It's likely, given Muhammed's departure, that Holtmann will be fishing for another grad transfer guard who could be in the mix for the Buckeyes next year.