Towns announces he is stepping away from comeback bid with Ohio State basketball


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Seth Towns announced on Twitter today that he is putting an end to his comeback bid with the Ohio State men’s basketball team.

Towns, a Columbus Northland product, transferred from Harvard to Ohio State for the 2020-21 season. He was unable to play this past season, however, and was granted another season of eligibility as a “super senior” to try and play in the coming year. But he has been unable to become 100 percent healthy and, with practice starting late this month, has decided to call it a career.

“Buckeye Nation, it has been a great honor to represent you and the Ohio State University for two years,” Towns wrote. “It comes with sadness and faith that I must announce I am stepping away from Ohio State and Team 124, and that I will not be playing this season. After a few setbacks this summer and some tough conversations with my coaches and medical personnel, it has become clear that my body is not in a position to endure a full Big Ten season.

“I share with you the frustration of not being able to compete at the level I am capable of, or at least something close to it. Yet, it is the immense gratitude I feel for having the chance to play at all that has carried me through for so long. I have been remarkably blessed and would be living in vein to let anything overshadow that.”

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Towns thanked the OSU staff and the medical personnel who assisted him.

“As for my immediate future, I’ll be taking some time to figure out what my next chapter looks like,” Towns wrote. “But I am excited to find out what is next for me and rest in my faith that I will be placed — as I always have been — exactly where I am intended to be.”

The 6-8 Towns signed with Harvard out of high school and starred there for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. He was the Ivy League freshman of the year as he averaged 12.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds and was an All-Ivy League pick.

But knee injuries kept him from playing the next two years. He received his degree from Harvard and transferred to OSU for the 2020-21 season. He helped the Buckeyes earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament as he saw action in 25 games. He averahed 10.8 minutes, 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

He had five double-figure games that season. He came up big in three wins over ranked opponents away from home. He had 11 points in a win at Illinois, 10 points in a win at Wisconsin and a season-high 12 points in a win over Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

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Towns intended to play last season, but was never able to practice as he dealt with a back issue.

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann will still have 12 scholarship players at his disposal when preseason practice begins on Sept. 28.