Nikola Kecman, we hardly knew ye.
The sophomore forward who was suspended for the first 12 games of the season has been lost for the year to a torn left ACL, an Ohio State spokesperson confirmed prior to Tuesday night's game against Indiana.
Kecman transferred into the program during the summer from Eastern Arizona College, where he earned Arizona Community College Athletics Association tournament most valuable player honors. For the year, he averaged 13.4 points for the Gila Monsters.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Kecman sat out the first 12 games of the season per the NCAA due to a violation involving his amateur certification.
Kecman was eligible to play when OSU traveled to Michigan State on Jan. 6 but did not play. He made his OSU debut Jan. 9 against Houston Baptist, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds in 11 minutes of action.
Following the game, Kecman said he was glad his long road to playing in Columbus was complete.
“I have practiced with the team but during the games I wanted so much to help the team,” he said. “I just had to work hard in practice and prepare myself.”
He will join David Lighty (fractured foot) on the injured list, although Lighty is expected back this season.
Check back with BuckeyeSports.com later for more on the situation.