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David Bell To Transfer From Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes lost a key piece going forward.

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According to a report from Eleven Warriors, Ohio State redshirt sophomore center David Bell will be seeking a transfer from the program in the coming weeks. It’s huge news for the Buckeyes and could have a serious impact on the team and its hopes going forward in the next few seasons.

In what was generally considered a rough season for the Buckeyes, Bell struggled to get on the floor. He played in just 15 games, averaging 6.7 minutes, 1.3 points, and 1.9 rebounds per game. And given those struggles on an Ohio State team that wasn’t all that great, it was hard to see more playing time down the road.

As a recruit, Bell came to Ohio State as a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports. He was rated as the No. 183 player in the country and the No. 4 player in the state of Ohio. Bell was projected to be a decent college player, but most thought it would take him a few years before he could really contribute in the Big Ten.

Unfortunately, those concerns would turn out to be accurate. He was a decent backup in his three seasons in Columbus, but never became the reliable big man that fans were hoping to see during his career.

The Buckeyes will now be left without a key reserve upfront heading into next season. While Bell wasn’t expect to start, his transfer along with Trevor Thompson’s departure will create some major concerns regarding Ohio State’s next season.