To start the 2015-16 season, Thad Matta and the Ohio State Buckeyes have struggled to a 5-5 record. They have taken losses on their home court to teams like the UT-Arlington Mavericks and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, both of which were in a four-game losing streak, all of which were on their home court.
The Buckeyes are a young team this season, and have had a tough time adapting to the losses of several stars in the past couple of seasons. They are waiting for someone to step up and take control of the offense and lead the Buckeyes back into contention in the highly-competitive Big Ten Conference.
On Thursday, their future plans took a bit of a hit when their top freshman opted to transfer out of the program. After just 10 games for the Buckeyes, freshman guard Austin Grandstaff has decided to transfer from Ohio State.
Grandstaff is a 6’4” guard out of Rockwall, Texas. HE chose to play at Ohio State over the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, and Michigan, among others.
In limited action this season, Grandstaff showed why people regarded him as one of the top shooters in the recruiting class of 2015. He averaged 11.5 minutes per game, contributing 4.4 points and 0.3 rebounds per contest.
While his points per game average isn’t anything spectacular from a top-100 recruit in the recruiting class, he did the majority of his damage from three point range. Grandstaff went 12-of-36 from long distance with the Buckeyes, and 16-of-41 from the floor as a whole.
Now that Grandstaff is back on the market, and with three years of eligibility left in the NCAA to boot, he will likely be a top commodity on the transfer market for the rest of this season and into the off-season. According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, teams like SMU, Butler, Tennessee, and many others have already reached out to Grandstaff.
It will be interesting to see if the teams that Grandstaff passed on for Ohio State make another hard push to land his services. He has the potential and shooting ability to be a star in the NCAA, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for him moving forwards.