The injury bug has bitten Ohio State forward Seth Towns once again.
The Buckeye basketball program announced Tuesday that the sixth-year senior, who transferred from Harvard ahead of the 2020-21 season, will undergo back surgery "soon," and is expected to return this season within three to four months.
Towns, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in the 2017-18 season, missed the subsequent two years entirely due to ongoing knee injuries. Towns, a Columbus native and Northland High School alum, missed the first six games of this past season for the Buckeyes while continuing to rehab injuries.
Towns averaged 3.8 points per game on an average of 10.8 minutes per night for the Buckeyes, but often favored his knee, on which he wore a protective sleeve for much of the year.
Ohio State also announced Tuesday that second-year guard Meechie Johnson has a lower-leg injury, but is expected to return for preseason practice.
According to the team release, Ohio State will continue its out-of-season schedule for the next three weeks, and hold its first official practice in the final week of September. The Buckeyes will play an exhibition game against Indianapolis at home on Nov. 1, with the first game of the season scheduled for Nov. 7 against Akron.