Ohio State's Seth Towns to undergo back surgery

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State Buckeyes forward Seth Towns (31) pulls up for a shot against Indiana Hoosiers forward Race Thompson (25) during the first half of their game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on February 13, 2021.

Seth Towns' hopes for an impactful second season at Ohio State have been delayed.

Today, the university announced that the Northland product and Harvard transfer will soon be undergoing back surgery and "is likely to return this season within three to four months." Towns could be in game action as soon as December.

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It's the latest in a long series of injuries for Towns, who starred during his first two seasons at Harvard before knee injuries robbed him of his final two years with the Crimson. He transferred to Ohio State during the spring of 2020 and made his return to the court on December 19 in Cleveland against UCLA.

His back injury is not related to his previous knee injuries, and a source has indicated to The Dispatch that Towns' knee is as good as it has felt in years.

Meechie Johnson is also dealing with a stress reaction in his right leg and is expected to return for the start of practice later this month.

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During his first season with the Buckeyes, Towns averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.0 minutes while appearing in 25 games. 

Johnson, who graduated high school early, appeared in 17 games and averaged 1.2 points in 6.1 minutes per game.

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