Brice Sensabaugh Enters Name in 2023 NBA Draft, Maintains Option to Return to Ohio State

By Griffin Strom on March 25, 2023 at 3:47 pm
Brice Sensabaugh
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Brice Sensabaugh will test the NBA draft process.

The breakout star of Ohio State's 2022-23 season, Sensabaugh announced Saturday he will enter his name in the 2023 NBA draft after just one season as a Buckeye, but still has the option to return to the program if he so chooses.

Only the third-ranked prospect in Ohio State's top 10 nationally-rated 2022 recruiting class, the Florida native emerged as the Buckeyes' go-to scoring threat early in the season and never looked back. Senasbaugh started in 21 of his 33 appearances for Ohio State, turned in 11 20-point scoring performances and finished the season as the Buckeyes' leading scorer with an average of 16.3 points per game on 48% shooting.

Sensabaugh earned four Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors en route to a spot on the conference's all-freshman team, and he earned third-team All-Big Ten status at the conclusion of the regular season. Sensabaugh was also named one of 10 finalists for the 2023 Julius Erving Award, an honor given to the best small forward in the nation.

Sensabaugh was held out of the final two games of Ohio State's season due to a knee injury suffered during the Big Ten Tournament, but is still widely projected to be a first-round selection in June's NBA draft.

Should Sensabaugh ultimately remain in the draft, Ohio State will have produced one-and-done NBA prospects in back-to-back seasons. Before Malaki Branham last year, no Buckeye had left for the NBA draft after their freshman season since D'Angelo Russell in 2015.

However, multiple Buckeyes have entered their name in the draft before opting to return to Ohio State in recent years, including Kaleb Wesson in 2019 and E.J. Liddell in 2021.

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