Former Ohio State, Northland product Seth Towns enters transfer portal

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch

Seth Towns isn't done yet.

The Columbus Northland product who most recently played for Ohio State has entered the transfer portal, The Dispatch has confirmed.

A versatile forward when healthy, Towns last played for the Buckeyes during the 2020-21 season. He then missed the following year after undergoing back surgery and was poised to return to action in 2022-23 but stepped away from the game before the start of the preseason.

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In a statement posted to social media at the time, Towns said his next steps were uncertain.

"As for my immediate future, I'll be taking some time to figure out what my next chapter looks like," he wrote in a message posted Sept. 4. "But, I am excited to find out what is next for me and rest in my faith that I will be placed-as I always have-exactly where I am intended to be."

After graduating as Northland's all-time leading scorer, Towns enrolled at Harvard for the 2016-17 season. He was the Ivy League player of the year in 2017-18 but suffered a knee injury that would sideline him for the entirety of the next two seasons.

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He then opted to transfer to Ohio State and joined the Buckeyes in 2020 with two years of eligibility remaining. He has gotten a medical hardship waiver, gone through a redshirt year and now can take advantage of the extra year afforded to all players who participated during the COVID-19 pandemic season of 2020-21.

In 25 games with the Buckeyes, Towns averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds while also using his platform as an athlete to draw awareness to matters of social justice. He even started a book club, "The Better Booklist," designed to highlight books that, in his words, analyze current conditions, reject the status quo and force readers to be critical of the structures that perpetuate oppression.

Towns did not occupy a scholarship and was not on the roster for the Buckeyes last season. He did volunteer to participate in a peer mentoring program headed by Ohio State alumnus George Reese.


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