Ohio State signed the No. 1 class in the Big Ten back in 2019. Half of the group will no longer be with the Buckeyes when college basketball returns, with forward Alonzo Gaffney set to move on.
He was a limited contributor for Chris Holtmann’s team as a freshman this season. In 17 games, he averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per day.
Even so, he will test out his pro options for next year. That will likely mean a trip overseas, or a D-League stint. An underwhelming freshman season may not preclude him from eventually making the NBA. It seems very unlikely that he’d be drafted this year, though, especially if there are limitations on in-person workouts and other ways for him to impress teams.
— Brian Snow (@BSnow247) March 22, 2020
247’s Brian Snow says that the door remains open for a transfer, but that it is not likely. He seems prepared to go the pro route.
Now, Gaffney will not return to Ohio State, and instead will almost assuredly go the route of pursuing professional opportunities, though in theory the option is open for him to transfer to another college program, though multiple sources indicate that is not in his current plans.
The move will bump Ohio State down to 13 filled scholarships. Alonzo Gaffney’s classmate D.J. Carton, a former four-star point guard ranked at the top of the Buckeyes’ 2019 class, is set to transfer. He stepped away from the program at mid-season.
The team is also expected to lose Kaleb Wesson to the NBA Draft. They do add a nice piece in talented Harvard transfer Seth Towns, who will serve as a huge addition to the frontcourt next season. He chose the Buckeyes over Duke and a slew of others.