Ohio State men's basketball | Former Buckeyes guard Austin Grandstaff no longer on DePaul's roster

Adam Jardy
A four-star recruit in the class of 2015, Austin Grandstaff (R) was part of a five-man recruiting class at Ohio State that all left prematurely. (Barbara J. Perenic)

When Austin Grandstaff quit the Ohio State men’s basketball team after 10 games during his freshman season, the guard wound up transferring to Oklahoma. Then he transferred to DePaul, where he spent the last two seasons.

Now, Grandstaff appears to be out of basketball. The Texas native no longer appears on DePaul’s roster, and a team spokesman confirmed to The Dispatch that he is not with the team. It is not immediately clear if he remains in school, and a message to Grandstaff was not returned.

On his personal Twitter page, Grandstaff does not identify himself as a basketball player. Instead, it directs viewers to an email address related to “Features & Booking” regarding his career as a musician and a pinned tweet advertises his first concert, which will take place Sunday.


Austin Grandstaff performing live in POOR DAVID'S on SUNDAY AUGUST 26

— Austin Grandstaff (@AustinGstaff_3) August 6, 2018

Grandstaff is listed on iTunes as a “Hip-Hop/Rap” artist and released a five-track E.P. called “Growth E.P.” on July 17.

A four-star recruit in the class of 2015, Grandstaff was part of a five-man recruiting class at Ohio State that all left prematurely. Grandstaff averaged 4.4 points in 11.5 minutes per appearance for the Buckeyes before leaving the team in December of that year and ultimately ending up with the Sooners. He never suited up for Oklahoma, however, and then transferred to DePaul. As a result, Grandstaff sat out the remainder of the 2015-16 season and the entire 2016-17 season before being eligible to play for the Blue Devils last year.

On a team that finished 11-20 overall, Grandstaff made 21 appearances as a reserve and averaged 1.3 points and 7.1 minutes per game while shooting 18.4 percent (7 for 38) from three. Prior to last season, Grandstaff’s teammates and coach described him to The Dispatch as a player capable of making a significant impact as a third-year sophomore.

You can read that full story here.

At the end of the 2015-16 season, three other members of the class transferred from Ohio State. Daniel Giddens went to Alabama, A.J. Harris went to New Mexico State and Mickey Mitchell went to UC Santa Barbara before ultimately ending up at Arizona State. The final member of that class, JaQuan Lyle, played his sophomore season with the Buckeyes before quitting the team and eventually transferring to New Mexico, where he will play this year after sitting out last season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

Lyle attended an Ohio State game last year, and The Dispatch caught up with him during halftime. Click here to read what he had to say.


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