COLUMBUS, Ohio – After starting in last Sunday’s exhibition opener, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Thad Matta made it somewhat official on Wednesday: true freshman center Micah Potter will start for the Buckeyes on Friday night in Ohio State’s season opener. Potter, out of Florida’s Montverde Academy by way of Mentor, Ohio, scored six points and pulled down five rebounds in 16 minutes against Walsh.
“(Micah) is someone that can kind of stretch the defense out a little bit more,” Matta said Wednesday. When asked if he’d start against the Midshipmen, Matta doubled down on the 6-foot-9, 240-pound newcomer. “I think so. We’ve got two more practices to go, but we’ll see how that goes today. We’re competing like we always do.”
Against the Cavaliers, Potter – who was the team MVP at Montverde – was 2-6 from the floor. Matta credited his consistent effort from the moment he’s arrived on campus as a reason for the lineup change. Redshirt junior Trevor Thompson will start the year in a backup role.
“I just like what Micah done, just in terms – he has been solid from day one – up to this point” Matta added. “How does it continue to go for him? I think as much as he cares, he’s done a very good job.”