The Buckeyes basketball program has not caught many breaks lately. That continued Monday when high-scoring grad transfer James Daniel picked Tennessee over Ohio State for his final season of college basketball.
Daniel, a former Howard guard who was the Division I scoring leader in the 2015-16 season, considered Ohio State, Michigan and DePaul as potential landing spots. He wound up picking the Volunteers.
Tennessee lands grad transfer James Daniel (@byrds_view11), led nation in scoring 2 years ago. Said he chose Vols over Ohio State & DePaul.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 22, 2017
A 6-foot guard, Howard averaged an eye-popping 27.1 points per game two seasons ago. He was injured for much of the 2016-17 season, however, and earned another year of eligibility.
It’s been a tough offseason for Thad Matta’s program. On May 13, Ohio State announced that point guard JaQuan Lyle was no longer with the team and hadn’t been since mid-April. The reason Lyle’s status came up was due to a citation for public intoxication in his hometown.
The Buckeyes also recently lost their best recruit in the 2018 class, 4-star small forward Darius Bazley.
The Buckeyes have missed consecutive NCAA Tournaments for the first time under Matta, who has a tough task turning around the program.