Men's Basketball

Cal Leading Scorer Justice Sueing Visiting Ohio State

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California sophomore forward Justice Sueing is currently on a visit to Ohio State.

Sueing posted to his Instagram page Friday afternoon that he was in Columbus.

One month ago, Sueing announced his intention to transfer from California.

As a sophomore this past season, he started 30 of 31 games for Golden Bears, leading the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounds (6.0).

Sueing (6-7 215) would have to sit out next season wherever he ends up, but would have two years of eligibility remaining after that.

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said this spring that they will always look to bring in transfers who can sit for a year because it provides experience to the team, and also because you can’t play all 13 scholarship players and keep them happy.

“It will be a target every year,” Holtmann said last month. “I don’t think I’ll ever not [look for this type of transfer]. With 13 available scholarships, and always knowing you can’t keep your entire roster. There’s going to be some degree of turnover most years.

“We’ll always look at an older guy that can be a part of our practices that can understand how we do things and then assume a role the next season. I think it will always be an avenue we’ll look at. We’re certainly having conversations with some guys right now. But we’ll see where that goes.”

With the signing of 2019 center Ibrahima Diallo last month, the Buckeyes are down to just one scholarship slot available for next season. Holtmann has no intention of using that spot on somebody who could be eligible next season, but would love to add somebody who will sit for a year and learn Ohio State’s system.

“The difficult thing in some ways as a coach, I know coaches where their philosophy is ‘We’re only going to have nine or 10 eligible players. That’s it. We’re not adding more than nine or 10 eligible players that think they’re going to play,'” he explained.

“Because what happens when you get into the guts of the Big Ten season, you’re talking about eight to nine-man rotation. So why would you have 13 guys on your roster that all expect to play. It’s foolish. It creates a team dynamic that’s not always healthy.”

In Justice Sueing, the Buckeyes could possibly add a versatile forward who could play the three or four, who also possesses the ability to score from various spots on the floor. Last season, he scored 20 points or more five times and hit two or more three-point field goals nine times.

Sueing has already taken an official visit to San Diego State.

[Justice Sueing photo courtesy CalBears.com.]

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