Justice Sueing is officially a Buckeye.
Twelve days after Sueing announced his transfer from California, Ohio State officially confirmed the addition on Wednesday. He will sit out the 2019-20 season, then will have two years of eligibility remaining.
@JusticeSueing is officially a Buckeye!— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) May 22, 2019
Justice spent the last two season as a member of the Cal Golden Bears leading the team in PPG (14.3), RPG (6.0), and STL (1.7). Justice will be eligible to play beginning the 2020-21 season with 2 years of eligibility remaining. pic.twitter.com/NFOE0QUeuS
Sueing, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, will eventually help replace Andre Wesson, a rising senior. He led the Golden Bears in scoring with 14.3 points per game last season, adding six rebounds, two assists and 1.7 steals per game. He also scored 13.8 points per game as a true freshman.
“We are excited about the addition of Justice to our program,” Holtmann said in a statement. “He brings experience, positional versatility, ability to score as well as a natural ability to impact the game in a variety of ways. He is hungry to continue to grow and develop as a player. This upcoming season where he will sit out, will be important for his overall growth. We were really impressed with his maturity in recruiting him and we believe his experiences his first two years in college are going to benefit him moving forward here at Ohio State.”
The Buckeyes lacked an ability to get to the free-throw line often last season, and Sueing should aid in that area. He averaged 5.3 free-throw attempts per game in 2018-19, more than every Ohio State player except Kaleb Wesson.
Sueing is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, and his family moved to Los Angeles when he began high school so he could attend Mater Dei. His father played college basketball for Hawaii, then played professionally overseas.
Holtmann has expressed interest in having transfers who must sit out a season before playing. The Buckeyes added CJ Walker from Florida State last year, and he sat out the 2018-19 season before he becomes eligible this fall. Sueing will sit out the upcoming season and will have two years of eligibility left.