Sibert Transfer Leaves Buckeyes Thin for 2012-13
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Just hours after Ohio State announced the departure of sophomore J.D. Weatherspoon, the Buckeyes were forced to add another name to the list of outgoing players.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Sophomore Jordan Sibert, a classmate of Weatherspoon, has also asked for and received his release from the OSU basketball program following the team’s run to the Final Four last month.
“I've decided to transfer after discussing my future goals with family and my coaches,” Sibert said Monday evening.
“I would like to find a school where I can make an impact on the court. I will miss my teammates, my coaches and the fans. I will always be a Buckeye.”
A native of the Queen City, and the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio, Sibert has not yet announced where he intends to transfer, although the Columbus Dispatch reported he was going to end up at the University of Dayton with former OSU assistant Archie Miller.
It was Miller who recruited Sibert out of Cincinnati’s Princeton High School, where he led his team to a state runner-up finish as a junior, losing in the championship game to Jared Sullinger and Weatherspoon's Northland High School squad.
Sibert also played for the famous All-Ohio Red AAU team with Sullinger, Weatherspoon and Aaron Craft, but he never quite found his niche with the Buckeyes.
He appeared in 49 games during his two-year Ohio State career, contributing 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in just under 10 minutes a game. He played a little bit as a freshman, scoring a season-high 11 points against UNC-Wilmington early in the year.
The 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard also scored in Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament wins over Texas-San Antonio and George Mason last year, and was expected to be a main contributor off the bench for Thad Matta this past season.
“Jordan has worked to improve since he became a Buckeye two years ago,” Matta said in a statement.
“He has represented our program well and we wish him the best.”
Sibert scored a career-high 12 points, hitting 4-6 threes, against Northwester in the Big Ten opener back in December, but quickly fell out of favor after missing 11 of his next 12 shots from behind the arc.
After losing his battle for a starting spot with Lenzelle Smith, Jr. in camp, Sibert was eventually passed by freshman Sam Thompson. After the Northwestern game, Sibert played a total of 60 minutes the rest of the season, and did not play in the Big Ten Tournament title game or any of Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament games.
His departure, coupled with that of Weatherspoon’s, leaves the Buckeyes with just nine scholarship players on the roster for next season. They also have a walk-on transfer named Alex Rogers who sat out this past season, but they will likely look to add another player or two for next season.
They are still in on Lithonia, Ga. Big man Tony Parker (announcing Monday, April 23) for the class of 2012, while Italy-native Amedeo Della-Valle (Henderson Findlay Prep) is scheduled to take his official visit to Columbus this weekend.
Rodney Hood's father also told the Columbus Dispatch his son plans to visit Ohio State, but the Mississippi State transfer has yet to set a date.
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