It's official: Justice Sueing is returning to Ohio State for one more year

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State forward Justice Sueing has officially announced his return to the Buckeyes for one more season.

Wednesday, CBS Sports reported that Sueing was planning to return to college for his final year, and The Dispatch reported that he was likely to use that year at Ohio State. Now, Sueing has made it known that he will spend the 2022-23 season with the Buckeyes.

"Can't think of anywhere else I’d rather be," he wrote in a message posted to his social media accounts. "We have some unfinished business Buckeye Nation."

Voted one of four team captains last season by his teammates, Sueing was slotted for a major role in 2021-22 before a lingering injury to his groin/abdominal area shut him down after only two games. He scored 12 points and had seven rebounds in wins against Akron and Niagara before visiting a specialist to address his ongoing injury that hampered him during the final games of the prior season and had him using a hot towel on the bench to keep the area loose during postseason play.

During the 2020-21 season, Sueing averaged 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first season of eligibility with the Buckeyes after transferring from the University of California. He was projected to be a major contributor this past year, and his injury significantly impacted Ohio State's plans for the season.

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This will be Sueing's sixth season of college basketball after playing two seasons for the Golden Bears, sitting out a year under transfer rules at the time and then spending the last two seasons at Ohio State. He is eligible to play one more year because the NCAA afforded an extra season of eligibility to all players who participated in the 2020-21 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

His return provides some stability for a roster that could see at least a half-dozen new faces while also dealing with as many as nine players either exhausting their eligibility, entering the NBA draft or transferring.

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