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Where could Ohio State forward Brice Sensabaugh be picked in the 2023 NBA draft?

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Brice Sensabaugh seems like he's in line to be Ohio State men's basketball's next one-and-done player.

After averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 48% from the field and 40.5% from 3-point range, the Ohio State freshman forward is projected to be a first-round selection in the 2023 NBA draft in June, following in the footsteps of Malaki Branham, who was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2022.

And according to The Ringer NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor, Sensabaugh will join a team on the rise.

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O'Connor has Sensabaugh being selected as the No. 17 overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in his latest NBA mock draft, joining players like Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

"Sensabaugh needs to build strong habits as a defender and playmaker and show he can do more than just score," O'Connor wrote. "Oklahoma City is building a system of accountability that’d force him to conform to earn minutes."

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Ohio State's Brice Sensabaugh (10) dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa at the Big Ten men's tournament, Thursday, March 9, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley)

O'Connor compares Sensabaugh to a "mini T.J. Warren," comparing the Ohio State freshman to the current Phoenix Suns small forward.

Sensabaugh stands at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds and has the advantage of being a "methodical ball handler who doesn't create a ton of separation but manages to hit contested shots anyway."

In the post, O'Connor scouts, Sensabaugh "loves to back down defenders in the post, where he can use his strength to get into prime position for simple turnarounds, a valuable tool against switching defenses." The Ohio State forward also has shown flashes of being a potential playmaker at the next level.

However, O'Connor says Sensabaugh does not have much burst off the dribble and is not an above-the-rim finisher. He's also described as an "inconsistent off-ball defender" that lacks quickness on the ball without "a degree of toughness you’d hope for from a player with his size."

Which other NBA teams could draft Brice Sensabaugh?

Mar 1, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, United States;  Ohio State Buckeyes forward Brice Sensabaugh (10) makes a free throw attempt while fans raise their arms during the second half of the NCAA Division I basketball game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins at Value City Arena on Wednesday night. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Scheller-The Columbus Dispatch

Most 2023 NBA mock drafts have Sensabaugh selected in the late lottery.

In Bleacher Report NBA analyst Jonathan Wasserman's mock draft heading into the NCAA Tournament, Sensabaugh was selected at No. 20 to the Miami Heat due to his "self-creation and three-level shot-making accuracy" for his size.

NBA Draft Room has Sensabaugh at No. 26 to the Indiana Pacers, comparing the Ohio State forward to Warren and former Ball State first-round draft pick Bonzi Wells.

Tankathon has Sensabaugh at No. 14 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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