What had been rumored since reports surfaced that Daniel Giddens requested his release from the program Monday evening, Ohio State has announced that A.J. Harris is joining the center and Mickey Mitchell in leaving the program. News of Mitchell's transfer was released earlier today.
"I have given freshman guard A.J. Harris permission to seek a transfer," Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said in a statement. "Mickey Mitchell and Daniel Giddens have asked for their release as well. We appreciate what A.J. Daniel and Mickey did for our program as freshmen and wish them well."
Add in the fact that Austin Grandstaff transfered to Oklahoma after 10 games as a Buckeye, only JaQuan Lyle remains from the 2015 recruiting class, a group that was ranked No. 11 in the country.
From a statistical standpoint, the loss of Giddens and his 50 blocks may be the most substantial. The center started 7 games as did Mitchell while Harris started four games as a freshman. Giddens led the way scoring 3.8 points per game while Harris scored 2.8 and Mitchell scored 2.0. In 10 games Grandstaff averaged 4.4 points per game. In total the Buckeyes are lossing 12.9 percent of their scoring from the 2014-15 season.