Ohio State is one of five finalists to land Wichita State transfer guard Jamarius Burton.
In a Thursday afternoon Twitter post, Burton said he had narrowed his list of schools to Marquette, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Texas Tech and Xavier, in no particular order. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Burton averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 30 games for the Shockers last season.
Burton would be a traditional transfer, who would sit out the 2020-21 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
A member of the 2018 recruiting class, Burton was rated a three-star recruit and the No. 408 prospect in the nation according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. He also held offers from Butler, George Mason, UMass and Temple, among others.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann has often stated his preference to have at least one sit-out transfer on his roster to help with stability. During the 2018-19 season, Florida State transfer CJ Walker fulfilled that role before starting as a junior this past season. This fall, California transfer Justice Sueing will be eligible after sitting out last season for the same reason.
ESPN ranks Burton as the No. 5 "sit-out" transfer in the nation.
Ohio State would have to have a firm roster move in order to have room for another addition to the roster. Junior center Kaleb Wesson has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft and will hire an NCAA-approved agent to assist him with the process, but his father, Keith Wesson, told The Dispatch on Tuesday that the uncertainty surrounding the pre-draft process could have an influence on whether or not he returns for a senior season.
No other players are known to be considering transferring or leaving the program at this time.
The Buckeyes have also been linked to Trey Wertz, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound transfer from Santa Clara who averaged 11.9 points per game last season. He is also a Charlotte native. Wertz has a list of 11 schools that includes Arizona, Butler, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Xavier.