Welp, so much for that. Via ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Temple forward Anthony Lee will be attending THE Ohio State University next season. The 6-foot-9 big man is eligible to play immediately for the Buckeyes, where he is expected to fill the role that LaQuinton Ross had this past year. Lee had previously mentioned that IU was a "front-runner," and had previously narrowed his selections down to Ohio State, IU, Louisville, Iowa State, and Notre Dame. Lee has confirmed the news on his Twitter account.
Lee averaged 13.6 points a game and 8.6 rebounds last season for the Owls, who had a disappointing inaugural campaign in the American Athletic Conference after almost knocking IU off in the NCAA Tournament in 2013. With Noah Vonleh leaving for the NBA Draft as a potential lottery pick, and Luke Fischer already having transferred to Marquette, the Hoosiers could have used Lee in a frontcourt that does not have much depth next year, but they now will have to look elsewhere for help.
Fittingly, this news happens on a rainy Bloomington spring afternoon that has already seen baseball and softball games postponed, as well as Little 5 Quals delayed. Lee's decision is yet another blow to IU hoops, which already lost Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell earlier this week. Thus, the status quo about next year's roster has been maintained, and the hand-wringing will continue across the Hoosier State.