COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State leading scorer Brice Sensabaugh plans to enter the NBA draft while leaving open the possibility of returning next season with the Buckeyes.
Sensabaugh, who averaged 16.4 points as a freshman, said Saturday he’ll look into turning pro after one college season.
“Ever since I can remember, playing in the NBA has always been my dream,” the 19-year-old from Orlando, Florida, posted on social media. “After steady thought and consideration, I am excited to announce I have decided to enter my name into the 2023 NBA Draft with the option to return to OSU.
“The game of basketball has taken me places I could’ve never imagined, and has provided endless opportunity as a student-athlete,” Sensabaugh said. “I am inexplicably prideful to say that I am a Buckeye, and I say this with no uncertainty.”
The 6-foot-6 Sensabaugh was one of the bright spots for the Buckeyes, who started 11-3, but finished 16-19. He was injured during Ohio State’s run in the Big Ten tournament and sat out the finale against Purdue.
Sensabaugh is projected as a late first-round pick. The NBA will hold its pre-draft combine in mid-May in Chicago. Players who have declared for the draft can withdraw up until May 31.