Ohio State Men’s Basketball Player Preview: Justice Sueing

As the basketball offseason continues and we move into the fall, Land-Grant Holy Land will post our basketball player and team previews. There will be two previews per week until the start of the season, starting with player previews.

We have reached the end of player previews. With the retirement of Seth Towns, senior redshirt The court continues will end our look at this year’s Ohio State roster.


Last name: The court continues
Height: 6 feet 6 inches
Lester: 210 pounds
High school: Mater Dei High School (California)
To classify: Senior Red Shirt
Statistics 2021-22: N/A (only played in two games due to injury)


Outlook

He’s the guy everyone wants to see. With the departures of Duane Washington Jr. and EJ Liddell to the NBA, guys like Justin Ahrens and Musa Jallow entering the transfer portal and losing Kyle Young until graduation, Sueing is the only guy left in the team that saw significant minutes in the 2020-21 season that earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and were upset by Oral Roberts in the first round (Zed Key played six minutes in that game).

Sueing entered last season with high hopes of being one of the best guys on the team along with EJ Liddell and Kyle Young, but a lingering injury from the end of the 2020-21 season kept him out of action. throughout the season. Sueing only played in the Buckeyes’ first two games and missed the rest of the season. He also looked very injured in the first two games.

“It was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever faced in my life,” Sueing said at the Ohio State media day. “There were a lot of personal things going on in my life as well as this injury, and what helped me a lot through that was me and my (Christian) faith, pretty much. was very mentally draining because it wasn’t a lack of work or resources, it was just where I wanted it to be, and then some type of setback would happen and I constantly had to deal with that.”

Sueing had a groin injury that turned out to be far more problematic than anyone originally thought, including him.

“As I’ve learned, it’s a complex region of the body,” Sueing said. “As much research and as much as we know about it, we don’t know much we can do. It’s not like a clean cut like you broke your arm or something. It’s complicated in this area, but I’m just very happy that this part of the rehabilitation is over and that I can finally play freely.

“He was the same one I was dealing with at the end of the year (before),” Sueing added. “It got better, then there was a lot of fluctuation with this injury. I finally found out what was wrong, and we fixed it, so I’m fine and feeling better than ever.

Sueing was adamant that he is better than ever and ready to prove it to the world. If he is in good health, his talent and his production have no reason to be questioned.

“Man, you’re going to see a healthy judge and hopefully I can bring a lot of wins to this program this year as well as me playing my game, being the best overall player I can be,” he said. declared.

In California, before transferring to Ohio State, he averaged 13.8 points and 14.3 ppg in his first two college seasons. In his only season with the Buckeyes so far, he averaged 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.


Waiting

In California, Sueing proved he could score the ball at a high level. In his only season with the Buckeyes, Sueing proved he could rebound at a high level, play multiple positions, and defend multiple positions as well. Combine that with his talent and the role he will have this season as the best guy, and it’s a recipe for success.

He can be a guy who gives you 18-20 points and 5-6 rebounds per game at his best. Plus, he’s played long minutes in his three healthy seasons, so he’s familiar in that role as well. All Buckeye fans should be excited to see what Sueing can do for Ohio State this season.


Prediction

If he’s healthy (and yes, that’s a big if until we see him play in a game situation), Sueing is THE guy on this team. The addition of Wright State transfer Tanner Holden and freshman Brice Sensabaugh will help ease some of the load. But if he is healthy, he is the best player in the team and they will need him to be the top scorer.

In our bold prediction theme, I predicted that Sueing would be a first-team All-Big Ten performer. The main reasons are his talent, his role and the fact that most of the best guys in the conference last season are gone. These roles need to be filled, and Sueing should be the one to fill that void. I’m sticking with that until further notice.


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