Ohio State freshman forward Kyle Young will miss today's game against William & Mary after spraining his ankle Thursday.

The injury means the Buckeyes will be without two primary post players against the Tribe. Sophomore center Micah Potter, who started the first four games of the season, will miss his second straight game as he recovers from an ankle injury suffered Nov. 19 against Northeastern.

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Young has played particularly well of late, setting career highs in minutes played in each of the last two games. He played 19 minutes in last Saturday's road win against Wisconsin and scored four points, then played 21 minutes Monday night against Michigan and scored six points and added four rebounds.

Friday morning, coach Chris Holtmann credited Young's recent strong play for Ohio State's 2-0 start to the Big Ten.

"Kyle has been really important for us," Holtmann said. "I don’t know that we beat Michigan without his production. It was just his energy, his defensive versatility, his activity on that end, his activity on the glass. He’s kind of come into his own. We knew that was going to happen. We’ve seen it every year I’ve been in coaching where freshmen, some take a little bit more time. He’s been really important."

His absence gives the Buckeyes only eight recruited scholarship players. Junior walk-on Matt Lehmann, a Bishop Watterson product who began his collegiate career at West Virginia before transferring to Ohio State, could be in line for the first important minutes of his career. He has made just one appearance in his first year with the program, playing one minute and missing a three-point attempt in the season opener against Robert Morris.

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