Basketball

Buckeye Center Ibrahima Diallo Enters Transfer Portal

According to multiple reports, Ohio State sophomore center Ibrahima Diallo has entered the transfer portal. Diallo has played in just 13 career games in his two seasons for the Buckeyes.

Originally from Senegal, the 6-foot-10 Diallo was added late to head coach Chris Holtmann’s 2019 recruiting class as the Buckeyes were looking for some size in their front court. At the time of his commitment he was ranked the No. 41 center in the nation and the No. 194 player overall.

As a freshman in 2019-2020, he played in eight games and scored 10 total points. As a sophomore he dealt with injuries and played in just five games, scoring one point on the season.

Diallo played high school basketball in California and chose the Buckeyes over Pittsburgh.

If forward EJ Liddell chooses to stay in the NBA Draft, Holtmann will have no remaining members from a 2019 recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 9 in the nation at one time. Forward Alonzo Gaffney and guard DJ Carton left previously.

Two years ago, Diallo surprised his family back in Senegal when he showed up after being away for the previous three years.

The departure of Diallo does now give Ohio State room to add a player from the transfer portal if they like. They have already added former Indiana big man Joey Brunk and Penn State point guard Jamari Wheeler.

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