The departures of Jared Sullinger and William Buford aren’t the only losses Ohio State will have to endure during the summer, as Ohio State confirmed Monday afternoon that sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon will indeed seek a transfer.
Weatherspoon, a 6-6, 215-pound sophomore forward, attended Columbus Northland, the same high school Sullinger played for. Weatherspoon was a three-star prospect ranked as the No. 37 power forward in the 2010 class. Weatherspoon, however, has had only limited roles for Ohio State in his two seasons.
Under Thad Matta in two seasons at Ohio State, Weatherspoon appeared in 35 games and averaged 2.7 points and one rebound per contest. Weatherspoon made 59 percent of his shots and averaged roughly six minutes per game.
"Coach Matta and my teammates have been great to me at Ohio State," Weatherspoon said in a statement. "Our fans and the Columbus community have supported me while in high school and at Ohio State. After discussing my future with my family and my coaches, we determined transferring to another school would be the best opportunity for me. My family and I will begin that process immediately.”
A destination for Weatherspoon has yet to be decided, but he’s heard from several programs in the Mid-American Conference, according to Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow.
Weatherspoon’s career-highs in minutes (13), points (seven) and rebounds (3) came all came in his freshman season. He was best known for his immense athleticism and dunking ability.
"J.D. has done everything we've asked," Matta said. "I can relate to a young man's desire to play. I was in his shoes during my collegiate career. His teammates and our staff appreciate the hard work J.D. has put in to make our team better. We wish him nothing but the best."
Rumors of Jordan Sibert transferring to Dayton have since been debunked, though the potential for the sophomore guard to leave also remains alive. Sibert told BSB after Ohio State’s loss to Kansas in the Final Four that he’d seek out his options during the off-season before making a final decision.
Like Weatherspoon, Sibert has had limited roles with the Buckeyes in two seasons. The 6-4, 185-pound guard was supposed to be a critical weapon off the bench for Ohio State this season, but struggled early and saw his minutes diminish as a result.
Sibert, who went to Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton, came to Ohio State as one of the most highly touted prospects in the 2010 class. Scout rated Sibert as a four-star prospect and the No. 14 shooting guard in the class.
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