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Mickey Mitchell, A.J. Harris become 2nd and 3rd Buckeyes to leave team this week

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Andy Katz reacts to the news that three Ohio State freshmen announced their intentions to leave the program and the expectations for the Buckeyes next season. (2:27)

Fresh on the heels of freshman Daniel Giddens' transfer request on Monday, Ohio State lost two other freshmen Tuesday when Mickey Mitchell and A.J. Harris announced their intentions to leave the program.

"I have given freshman guard A.J. Harris permission to seek a transfer," coach Thad Matta said. "Mickey Mitchell and Daniel Giddens have asked for their release as well. We appreciate what A.J., Daniel and Mickey did for our program as freshmen and we wish them well."

Giddens, a 6-foot-10 center, will be the most prized member of the group. The former ESPN 100 prospect averaged 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his lone season in Columbus. Sources told ESPN that Giddens wants to transfer closer to his Georgia home.

Mitchell made seven starts as a freshman, averaging 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. Harris put up 2.8 points and 1.6 assists.

A fourth member of Ohio State's 2015 class, Austin Grandstaff, transferred in December. He ended up at Oklahoma.