Amen Thompson Oct 10, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detailed view of a NBA Wilson basketball on the court of Ball Arena during the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Denver Nuggets. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Buckeyes freshman hoops phenom Brice Sensabaugh emerged as one of the nation’s top potential NBA prospects this season thanks to his prolific scoring ability and is a near lock to be a first-round pick should he declare for the upcoming NBA Draft, but he suffered what appears to be quite a bit of a setback this week.

Late in Ohio State’s Big Ten tournament win over the Iowa Hawkeyes this week, Brice Sensabaugh suffered a knee injury that kept him sidelined for Friday’s game against the Michigan State Spartans. And after further evaluation, it seems his absence was more than just a precaution as he has been ruled out for the remainder of Ohio State’s season.

The Buckeyes announced on Saturday morning that Sensabaugh “will continue to be evaluated and will not play anymore this season,” ending his phenomenal freshman season.

Sensabaugh led Ohio State in scoring this season, averaging 16.3 points per game, and has emerged as one of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft with USA Today analyst Bryan Kalbrosky predicting him to be selected with the No. 13 pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Sensabaugh is truly a three-level scorer who has connected on 40 shots at the rim, 40 shots from midrange, and 40 shots from beyond the arc. He is doing this while carrying a true shooting percentage above 55.0 percent,” Kalbrosky wrote. “Last season, only two high-major freshmen accomplished as much: Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith. They were two of the first three players selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.”

While the extent of Sensabaugh’s latest injury is not yet known, this is not his first time suffering a knee injury after he missed his entire junior season of high school after suffering a meniscus injury that required two surgeries.

[USA Today]