Ohio State center Ibrahima Diallo enters transfer portal

Adam Jardy
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State Buckeyes center Ibrahima Diallo (15) blocks the shot of Cedarville guard Quinton Green (55) during the 2nd half of their game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on October 30, 2019. [Kyle Robertson]

Ohio State center Ibrahima Diallo has entered the transfer portal.

The decision comes after two seasons of being a lightly used reserve off the bench for the Buckeyes, one of which was significantly impacted by a knee injury. A native of Senegal, Diallo appeared in 13 games and averaged 0.9 points and 1.5 rebounds.

"He loved his time there and we are all so appreciative of the coaching staff, the Buckeye family and the entire Columbus community," Sean Reyes, Diallo's host father during his senior year in high school, said. "Like all these kids, (Ibrahima) has plans after college that include basketball. He's looking forward to the next chapter and having a chance to play more.

"He feels blessed to have been part of the program."

Listed at 6 feet 10, 220 pounds, Diallo came to Ohio State as a raw, under-the-radar recruit as part of the 2019 recruiting class. A late addition who caught the eye of the Buckeyes with a strong performance at the Flyin' To The Hoop prep showcase in Dayton as a senior at Napa Valley (California) Prolific Prep, Diallo was ranked the nation's No. 369 national recruit according to the database.

His addition brought some much-needed size to the Ohio State roster, but it did not translate into production. As a freshman, Diallo played in eight games and averaged 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds. As a sophomore, he missed 16 games with a sprained MCL in his knee.

Diallo's departure gives the Buckeyes one available scholarship for next season. 

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