The Buckeyes' run to the Final Four last season, Sibert said, will always remain one of the "great experiences of my life." But his decision to transfer out of the program was bigger than the times he had in Columbus.
"It was extremely hard to decide to transfer," Sibert told BSB. "Ohio State is a great university and I met great people here and had a great time with everything. But this is the time where you have to take a step back and see what is best for you. At the end of the day, what was best for me was to leave."
Sibert entered his sophomore season with the Buckeyes hoping he'd be an instrumental part of the rotation, even if it meant coming off the bench. Having struggled early in the season, Sibert instead saw his playing time dwindle before eventually ending up with a very limited role.
Sibert averaged 8.4 minutes a game during the Big Ten season, but he appeared in only 24 of Ohio State's 39 games over the course of the entire year. His visions of being a sharpshooter off the bench never came to fruition.
"Playing time was definitely a part of it," Sibert said. "There were a lot of things that went on during the year even with my family and stuff like that and it kind of got tough for me being here. I am not saying I was running away from a challenge, but it got out of hand a little for a second."
Reports surfaced that Sibert would transfer to Dayton, but he told BSB that hasn't been finalized yet. Instead, he has allowed his older brother and the OSU coaching staff to field calls from interested programs.
Dayton is in the mix, but Sibert said he's also heard there's interest from Arizona, Iowa State and Missouri. The Flyers remain the favorite to land his services, specifically because former OSU assistant Archie Miller – who helped recruit Sibert to Columbus – is the head coach at Dayton.
"That's not official yet," said Sibert, acknowledging there have been reports about that likely happening. "I am still looking and still waiting. The transferring is official, but not the school yet. Right now I am just waiting for schools to call and to see who is interested."
Sibert acknowledged he's looking forward to going through the recruiting process over again. The first time he went through it, the Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton guard was coveted, as the former four-star recruit garnered more than 10 offers.
When sitting down with head coach Thad Matta to discuss the decision, Sibert said his former head coach reassured him he could find a role at Ohio State. However, when Sibert expressed his concerns with Matta, the OSU head coach supported his decision to look for a fresh start.
"He just told me to go somewhere I know I can be successful and I can play my game," Sibert said of Matta. "He definitely felt like I could have been successful here and he would have loved for me to stay. Not every school is not for everybody."