Duke basketball: Seth Towns commits to Ohio State in strange decision

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Ohio State landed graduate transfer Seth Towns of Harvard over the Duke basketball program in what was a very strange decision process.

The world is suffering for many reasons right now, but the lack of live sports has really taken a toll on a specific section of the population.

Former Harvard basketball player Seth Towns has two years of eligibility remaining and will be a graduate transfer.

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A slew of schools was interested in the former Ivy League Player of the Year who has not played over the last two seasons due to knee injuries.

Towns tweeted that he would be making his decision at some point in the week.

As the week progressed, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein tweeted that Towns told him Duke was showing interest, but no one reported if the Blue Devils offered the 6-foot-7 sharpshooter a scholarship.

Rothstein then said that Towns was down to his final two schools, Ohio State and Duke, still with no reports of Duke offering him a scholarship.

On Saturday morning, the graduate transfer tweeted that he would be making his decision on the 11:00pm EST SportsCenter, and the Columbus, Ohio native selected the Buckeyes over the Blue Devils, although he likely didn’t have much of a choice.

It remains to be seen why this was so hyped up by ESPN, perhaps to boost its ratings in a sport-less world for the time being and trying to draw viewers by using the ‘Duke brand.’

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Speculation rose earlier in the day on Saturday that Towns could potentially land at Duke and that Mike Krzyzewski may have offered him a scholarship as Tre Jones officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft and Alex O’Connell announced his intentions to transfer from the program.

Duke has also been linked to two other Ivy League graduate transfers, Jordan Bruner of Yale and Patrick Tape of Columbia.

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Perhaps, this could leave the door open for freshman Cassius Stanley to return to Durham for his sophomore season after Coach K was very non-committal in an interview with Evan Daniels of 247Sports when asked about the players who might leave early for the NBA.

Adding a big man could be the priority for Duke as the Blue Devils will have many wings on the roster next season, perhaps none better than incoming freshman Jalen Johnson, who is the No. 11 incoming freshman in the country, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.