Brice Sensabaugh's stellar freshman campaign has garnered consideration for a national accolade.
The first-year Buckeye forward was named one of the top 10 candidates for the 2023 Julius Erving Award Wednesday, an honor given to the best small forward in the nation.
The nine other candidates for this season's award include Matthew Cleveland (Florida State), Keyontae Johnson (Kansas State), Colby Jones (Xavier), Brandon Miller (Alabama), Kevin Obanor (Texas Tech), Julian Strawther (Gonzaga), Baylor Scheierman (Creighton), Jalen Wilson (Kansas) and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA).
Sensabaugh leads the Buckeyes with an average of 17.3 points per game this season, which ranks sixth-best in the Big Ten. Sensabaugh is also Ohio State's second-leading rebounder with an average of 5.6 per contest. A four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Sensabaugh's hit double-digit scoring figures in all but one game for Ohio State this season, and the Florida native has eight 20-point performances under his belt through 23 games.
Long considered one of the nation's elite freshman performers, Sensabaugh can now call himself one of the best players in the country at his position following Wednesday's recognition.
Fans can vote for their selection starting Friday on hoophallawards.com. The fan vote will count as one committee vote during the finalist selection process, which begins in March.