E.J. Liddell wanted to send a message to Ohio State fans on Sunday. After two of his teammates decided to leave the program earlier this week, the Buckeye forward felt it was necessary to confirm his future plans.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Liddell tweeted out Sunday night, assuring everyone he’ll return to Columbus next season.
I’m not going anywhere.
— E.J. Liddell (@EasyE2432) March 22, 2020
Liddell’s commitment to return to Ohio State next season comes after teammates DJ Carton and Alonzo Gaffney both decided to leave the program. Carton opted to hit the transfer portal while Gaffney is expected to pursue a career at the professional level once leaving OSU.
There’s been plenty of happenings at Ohio State over several days, as the Buckeyes also received a commitment from top graduate transfer Seth Towns late Saturday night. Towns, who played at Harvard, is a former Ivy League Player of the Year and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Last season, Liddell averaged 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his freshman year with the program. He was a big contributor off the bench for Chris Holtmann’s squad and ended the season with a double-double against Illinois (17 points, 11 rebounds) in Ohio State’s home finale.
Ohio State finished the season with a 21-10 record and an 11-9 mark in B1G play.