Ohio State redshirt sophomore David Bell is transferring from the program, The Dispatch has confirmed.
A 6-10 power forward and native of Garfield Heights, Bell was the third big man off the bench in each of the last two seasons. After making 23 appearances as a redshirt freshman, he made only 15 appearances last season while averaging 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 points in 6.1 minutes.
Before the season, Ohio State associate coach Dave Dickerson, who coaches the post players, said the coaches had circled this season as when Bell was expected to make an impact after joining the program as a raw player. Midway through the season, Dickerson acknowledged that Bell had not lived up to expectations.
It is unclear where he might be headed.
Bell is the second center to leave the program since the end of the season. Trevor Thompson, a redshirt junior, is exploring his draft options and is not expected to return.
That leaves Micah Potter as the lone holdover from last season, with incoming freshman Kaleb Wesson poised to join. Without signing any new big men, Potter and Wesson would be ticketed for the center position next season.
Ohio State now has three scholarships available for next season.
The Buckeyes had four players transfer after the 2015-16 season, all freshmen.