With ties to Columbus, '22 forward Brice Sensabaugh takes Ohio State official visit
Brice Sensabaugh is making up for a lost season in a hurry.
His team’s leading scorer as a sophomore at Orlando Lake Highland Prep, the small forward in the 2022 recruiting class suffered a meniscus injury in his right knee during the final game of that regular season. It would knock him out of his team’s run to the final four, and after a brief summer return Sensabaugh underwent surgery to repair a tear to the same cartilage right before the start of his junior season.
That, plus the challenges COVID presented to high school basketball, resulted in Sensabaugh spending the year focused on rehab and making sure his senior year would be one to remember.
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This summer has proven that out. Unranked in the 247Sports.com composite database until late June, Sensabaugh has grown his list of offers to more than two dozen, whittled it down to eight and now to four while steadily climbing on the national radar. Now, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Florida await a final decision from the four-star small forward who has risen to No. 75 in the national rankings.
“He’s an awesome kid that was really, really under the radar basically until this summer,” coach Ben Fratrik said. “He had an explosive June with us, with our high school team, and then he continued in July with his AAU team and just went from when the summer started he had Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson and University of South Florida and some other schools like that. By the end of July it was Virginia, Stanford, Florida, you name it. He’s a little bit of an underknown commodity, but the kid can really, really play.”
Listed at 6-6, 240 pounds, Sensabaugh plays multiple positions for Lake Highland Prep. Listed as a small forward prospect, his frame and athleticism allow him to guard opposing centers while playing as his team’s shooting guard. At the prep level, he’s capable of scoring in the post, taking defenders off the dribble and either switching or sticking on ball screens.
That has helped catch the eye of college coaches, as has his time spent playing AAU basketball for team Each 1 Teach 1. There, he has been teammates with Alpharetta (Georgia) Milton point guard Bruce Thornton, a four-star prospect ranked No. 42 nationally who is committed to Ohio State.
It’s not the only tie Sensabaugh has to the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh’s father is a University of Cincinnati alumnus and that they still have family in the Columbus area. It was enough familiarity that, when the Buckeyes offered him a scholarship on August 20, Sensabaugh immediately included them on his list of four finalists alongside Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech.
“They did get in (recruiting him) a little further along in July than some of these others, but you’re talking about the difference of a couple of weeks,” Fratrik said of the Buckeyes. “I don’t know that that made a huge difference. I think there’s a familiarity with (Thornton). I don’t know if they are best friends or anything, but I think that certainly helps.
“I think there’s a familiarity there between the family and between Bruce that I think has enabled them to connect pretty quick.”
Throughout his burgeoning recruitment, Fratrik said Sensabaugh remained steadfast: he wanted to take only a handful of official visits before making a final decision. Last weekend, he took what is likely to be his final one when he went to Ohio State after having previously visited Georgia Tech (August 27) and Alabama (September 10) and unofficially visited Florida.
The two will likely sit down sometime in the next few days, go over the visits and see what questions – if any – still remain for Sensabaugh, Fratrik said.
“I know he loved it,” Fratrik said of his Ohio State visit. “You’re talking about schools, Florida and Georgia Tech and Ohio State and Alabama that the resources are crazy. You’re talking about going to football games at Ohio State and Alabama, that’s like nothing else in the country. I know that he loved it. I know that mom and dad loved getting back to Columbus.”
Ohio State currently has a four-man 2022 recruiting class and is in the market for one more player.