Bass Leaves OSU Basketball Program

Sophomore center Charles Bass cites desire for more playing time as reason for transfer request.

With autumn quarter coming to an end last week, sophomore center Charles Bass informed the basketball staff Monday he plans to leave Ohio State and transfer elsewhere, according to an OSU release.

The 6-9 Bass had appeared in just two of OSU's seven games this season.

"Charles Bass has indicated his intent in transferring stems from a desire for more playing time," said OSU coach Jim O'Brien. "We wish Charles nothing but happiness wherever he decides to go."

Bass, a native of University Park, Ill., and a graduate of Crete-Monee High School, said he does yet know where he will transfer.

"I had a good time here," Bass said. "Things just didn't work out as I had planned. I've just decided to pursue an opportunity at another university."

Bass appeared in 17 games as a Buckeye, including two this season. He scored nine points (0.5 ppg.) and grabbed 20 rebounds (1.2 rpg.) in his two seasons in Columbus.

Of course, one of those nine points was, perhaps, the biggest point of the season for OSU a year ago. With OSU depleted due to foul trouble in the Big Ten tournament semifinal against Michigan State, O'Brien inserted Bass.

With the game tied in the closing seconds, MSU coach Tom Izzo opted to intentionally unintentionally foul Bass to prevent OSU from getting a good look at a shot to win the game.

Bass banked in 1 of his 2 free throws at Chicago's United Center -- just minutes from his hometown -- to become the unlikely hero in OSU's one-point win over the Spartans.

Bass' departure gives O'Brien two immediate scholarship openings for next year. O'Brien was already holding one scholarship for the late signing period in hopes of landing Michigan prep All-American Malik Hairston.

The OSU staff could opt to sign two more players in the spring or hold one or both scholarships for the following year.

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