Former Harvard wing Seth Towns, who many were calling the best graduate transfer available, chose Ohio State over Duke on Saturday night.
The Buckeyes are listed at 30/1 to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bovada. Towns will be immediately eligible next season and will have two years of eligibility.
His final list of schools also included Kansas, Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan and Maryland.
“What an unbelievable journey,” Towns said on Twitter. “I can’t thank Coach Amaker and the rest of Harvard Basketball enough for my development over the last four years…It is with utmost excitement that I announce I will be playing my next game in Scarlet and Gray as an
Ohio State Buckeye!
“Eternally grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to fight for the city of Columbus — the city I call home. This means everything to me, from the bottom of my heart.”
Towns grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He has had a painting of himself in an Ohio State jersey on his childhood bedroom wall since he was 2 years old.
Harvard was without Towns the past two seasons due to knee injuries. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2017-18, averaging 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Towns is an excellent shooter from the perimeter, knocking down 44.1 percent of his attempts from long range during his standout season.
He announced his intentions to transfer earlier this season, which made the Buckeyes the clear favorites to become his next destination. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann, who had the same gig at Butler when Towns was in high school, had an edge over other schools since he heavily recruited Towns during his prep career. Duke made a late push last week, though.
“Every basketball player’s dream is to hear Coach K tell you that he wants you,” Towns told ESPN. “It’s such a highly prestigious program to play for. That alone is so incredibly hard to turn down.
“Coach K is one of those people that’s almost bigger than life. That was a dream opportunity as well.”
Ohio State will be replacing several players from a team that went 21-10 (11-9 Big Ten) in 2019-20. Point guard D.J. Carton announced that he is leaving the program last Thursday. Before taking a personal leave from the team in late January, Carton was one of three players scoring in double figures with his 10.4 PPG average.
Forward Andre Wesson was the team’s lone senior, scoring 9.2 PPG. Starting center Kaleb Wesson could declare for the NBA Draft and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility.
The addition of Towns has bumped the Buckeyes into a tie for No. 15 in the list of Vegas’ title futures for next season at 30/1. Virginia and Gonzaga are co-favorites at 9/1.
“I’m expecting nothing less than a Final Four run and a national championship,” Towns said. “I’m a winner first and a basketball player second. We’re going for it all.”