Ohio State graduate forward Seth Towns announced on Twitter Sunday that he will “step away” from basketball and miss the entire 2022-23 season.
Towns cited his injury history which limited him to just 25 games in an Ohio State uniform since his transfer in 2020as he missed all of last season in addition to two full seasons while at Harvard.
“It is with sadness and faith that I must announce that I am leaving Ohio State and Team 124, and will not be playing this season,” Towns said in a statement. “After a few setbacks this summer and some difficult conversations with my coaches and medical staff, it’s become clear that my body is not capable of sustaining a full Big Ten season.”
Towns thanked the medical team for helping him through his injuries and the Buckeyes coaching staff for “their constant support and dedication to me as someone above my value as a player.”
Towns returned to his hometown of Columbus ahead of the 2020-21 season in which he landed his only games played as a Buckeye. Towns averaged 3.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting, while recording 54 rebounds.
Towns played a key role in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Tournament game against Purdue on March 12, 2021; the forward scored five of his 12 points in overtime to propel Ohio State to an 87-78 victory over the Boilermakers.
Towns was also a strong supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, protesting the 2020 murder of George Floyd and death of Breonna Taylor.
After graduating from Ohio State in May, Towns said he wasn’t sure what the future held for him.
“As for my immediate future, I’m going to take some time to figure out what my next chapter will look like,” Towns said. “But I’m excited to find out what’s in store for me next and I’m confident I’ll be placed – as I always have been – exactly where I’m meant to be.”