It already seems like David Lighty has been an Ohio State Buckeye for about eight years. It’s hard to believe he still has another year of eligibility remaining.
Lighty, a 6-5 guard who averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for OSU, suffered a broken bone in his left foot and will undergo surgery, according to Thad Motta.
Lighty broke the same bone early in the 2008 campaign and sat out the rest of the season. He was granted a medical redshirt, which is why he is still playing for the Buckeyes after all these years.
The Cleveland native came to Ohio State as part of the “Thad Five” recruiting class, which also included Greg Oden and Mike Conley. He has been a solid role player for the Buckeyes and is a versatile talent.
Unlike many of his peers, Lighty opted not too test the NBA Draft waters to return for his senior season. Along with highly-touted incoming freshman Jared Sullinger, he figured to give the Buckeyes a formidable 1-2 punch.
Motta said Lighty is expected to make a full recovery, but history suggests that he might have problems with the foot for the remainder of his career.