Buckeye Basketball: Senior Forward Tanner Holden Transferring from Ohio State

Ohio State has lost a member of their roster today as senior forward Tanner Holden announced that he will be entering the portal in search of his third school.

Holden began his career at Horizon League perennial contender Wright State, where he quickly became a top contributor, averaging 11.8 points his freshman season, 15.8 points in his sophomore campaign, followed by 20.1 points in his final season as a Raider before transferring to Ohio State.

After heading to Columbus, Holden’s playing time diminished as it became apparent Chris Holtmann wasn’t in love with Holden’s defensive ability and ultimately both parties have decided that it would be best for Holden to continue his career elsewhere. He averaged just 3.6 points per game in Columbus and saw his minutes regress from 35.3 in his final season at Wright State to just 13.5 per game in Columbus (and much less than that towards the end of the campaign).

Holden’s highlight in Columbus was undoubtedly an early-January buzzer-beater to beat Rutgers.

Ohio State has added two transfers this offseason in Minnesota’s Jamison Battle and Baylor’s Dale Bonner. The departure of Holden means that if Brice Sensabaugh were to keep his name in the NBA Draft as expected, the Buckeyes still have one spot that can be used on another transfer addition or perhaps a player from the 2023 recruiting class such as Bronny James or Mackenzie Mgbako.

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