Luther Muhammad is back.
After missing Sunday's win against Minnesota with a dislocated shoulder, the Ohio State freshman guard will return to the court for the Buckeyes' game against Illinois Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Lu Is Back!
— GoBuckLu (@LutherMuhammad) December 5, 2018
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Wednesday morning that Muhammad would be a game-time decision, but Ohio State spokesperson Dan Wallenberg confirmed prior to Wednesday's game that Muhammad would be able to play.
Luther Muhammad was medically cleared to play following @OhioStateHoops shootaround this morning. He will wear No. 12 tonight. He was not expected to play vs the Illini but responded better than expected to treatment.
— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) December 5, 2018
Muhammad suffered the dislocated shoulder with just 1:06 remaining in the Buckeyes' loss to Syracuse. He was taken back to the locker room before the final buzzer sounded. After the game, Chris Holtmann did not have an update on the severity of the injury. Two days after the injury, Holtmann said Muhammad was out indefinitely.
In seven games, including five starts, Muhammad has averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He has shot 49 percent from the field and is 6-for-16 from beyond the 3-point line. Muhammad also has six steals and is arguably the team's best perimeter defender despite having played in only seven career games at the collegiate level.