Sophomore center Micah Potter likely will start when Ohio State plays Gonzaga on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, as part of the PK80 Invitational.
Potter suffered a sprained ankle Sunday against Northeastern.
“He’s going to be somewhat limited in practice leading up to it, but we anticipate that he should be good to go for Thursday night,” coach Chris Holtmann said Tuesday.
In starting all four games this season, Potter has more than doubled his scoring average from his freshman season from 4.1 points to 8.8. He scored a career-high 17 points against Texas Southern with freshman center Kaleb Wesson serving a one-game suspension, but had only two points in 13 minutes against Northeastern.
Potter averages 4.3 rebounds and is 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Wesson responded with 12 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes against Northeastern. He is averaging 11.3 points (third on the team) and 4.7 rebounds. Holtmann said Wesson is improving but will continue to come off the bench to get a feel for the game as well as stay out of early foul trouble.
Holtmann credited Potter, a natural power forward, for doing more back-to-the-basket scoring than a season ago but said he wants to see a more complete game from him.
“Is he taking advantage of opportunities that are there offensively?” Holtmann said. “Is he being physical on the interior? Is he making the right plays and reads defensively? Is he being a good screener? Those are the expectations for him, and he can continue to improve in those areas.”