College basketball has not crowned a champion but the season has been over for several weeks for the Buckeyes and the offseason means the opening of the transfer portal. Third-year wing Gene Brown III has gone through that door and will transfer away from Ohio State.
Brown played in 77 games with the Buckeyes, starting in 11 games, but only one of those was over the course of the most recent season.
“After much prayer and consideration amongst my family, I will be entering the transfer portal,” Brown said via a social media post released on Thursday evening.
During those three years, Brown averaged 2.2 points per game, was a 44-percent shooter from the field, 28-percent from beyond the arc.
Brown was known more as a defensive stopper and often had to draw the difficult task of matching up against the various big men of the Big Ten in relief of Zed Key and Felix Okpara.
Brown set career highs in points (nine) and minutes (22) during the 2022-23 season, a year where Brown missed double-digit games after suffering a concussion during the preseason.
Coming out of high school, Brown was a four-star recruit out of Southwest DeKalb high school in Conyers (Ga.). Brown was part of a three-man class that included Key and Meechie Johnson. As of now, Key is the only member of the class of 2020 remaining.
The Buckeyes will be very young moving forward with a four-man recruiting class coming in with the class of 2023 and four senior/graduate players on their way out along with the potential of Brice Sensabaugh staying in the NBA Draft process and leaving Ohio State for good.
The Buckeyes could either look to the high school ranks or the transfer portal to get back up to their full allotment of players. There is nothing certain that Brown will be the only member of the team to hit the portal as the Buckeyes look to bounce back after a disappointing season that may have ended with a small flurry, but still saw the team miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time under the Chris Holtmann-era.