Justice Sueing will remain with the Buckeyes for his sixth season of college basketball.
The veteran Ohio State forward told CBS Sports Wednesday that he would use his additional year of eligibility to return to the college ranks in 2022-23, but that a final decision had not yet been made on where he would play. But just one day later, the Hawaii native announced on social media that he will not leave Columbus, where Sueing will be a focal point for Ohio State next season, if healthy.
Cant think of anywhere else Id rather be. We have some unfinished business Buckeye Nation pic.twitter.com/mKhHvCNetJ— Justice Sueing (@JusticeSueing) April 8, 2022
Sueing missed all but two games this past year as he dealt with an abdominal injury that stemmed back to the Buckeyes' 2020-21 postseason run. Sueing averaged 10.7 points per game as Ohio State's third-leading scorer as a redshirt junior, and was expected to play a significant role alongside E.J. Liddell in 2021-22.
A three-star high school prospect out of Mater Dei in 2017, Sueing averaged 14.1 points per game across two seasons at California before transferring to Ohio State in 2019. Sueing had to sit out the 2019-20 season, but started all 31 games for the Buckeyes the following year.
Given the recent NBA draft declarations of both Liddell and freshman star Malaki Branham, Sueing figures to feature prominently for the Buckeyes next season, and will be crucial to the team's success as it rebuilds following multiple high-profile exits from the program.
Sueing's return is the latest development in a busy week of roster news for the Buckeyes, as Branham declared for the draft this past Friday, Wright State transfer guard Tanner Holden committed to the Buckeyes on Saturday and senior captain Justin Ahrens entered the transfer portal on Monday.