Brice Sensabaugh is done for the season.
Ohio State's leading scorer missed Friday's matchup with Michigan State due to knee soreness stemming from the second half of the Buckeye's win over Iowa on Thursday, and the freshman forward underwent further medical testing ahead of Saturday's Big Ten Tournament semifinal against Purdue. But after receiving those results, it's been determined that Sensabaugh won't play again this season.
"An initial evaluation has determined that Ohio State freshman Brice Sensabaugh has suffered an injury," a program release states. "Sensabaugh will continue to be evaluated and will not play anymore this season."
If the Buckeyes beat Purdue at 1 p.m. in Chicago, they'll earn a spot in the Big Ten Tournament championship game with an automatic NCAA Tournament berth on the line. Even with a loss, Ohio State could potentially earn a berth in the NIT given its late-season success.
However, Sensabaugh won't be available for Ohio State in any such scenario.
“Brice has had an outstanding freshman season and played very well down the stretch,” said Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann in a statement. “I know how badly he wanted to play, and we are disappointed for him. We are proud of him and his continued development as a player and I know he's looking forward to supporting his teammates again today.”
Sensabaugh, who missed his junior season of high school basketball due to a knee injury that required multiple surgeries, is widely projected to be a first-round pick in the 2023 NBA draft. Sensabaugh was a third-team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten All-Freshman team honoree for his 2022-23 campaign, in which he averaged 16.3 points per game in 33 appearances.
Sensabaugh finishes with the fourth-most points ever (537) in a single season for an Ohio State freshman behind D’Angelo Russell (675), Michael Redd (658) and Jared Sullinger (635).