COLUMBUS, Ohio — Time to run it back? You bet.
Ohio State senior Kyle Young announced Friday he will return for a rare fifth season with the Buckeyes men's basketball team. The 23-year-old forward made the news official with a post on Twitter, taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows most student-athletes an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A native of Massillon who graduated from Jackson High School, Young has averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during his previous four years at OSU, helping the Buckeyes reach the NCAA Tournament three times. This past season, he averaged a career-high 8.6 points along with 5.5 rebounds and shot 84.6% from the free-throw line.
While at Jackson, Young averaged 17.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior while leading the Polar Bears to the 2017 OHSAA Division I state championship. He was the runner-up for Ohio's Mr. Basketball Award, and The Canton Repository eventually named him Stark County's Boys Basketball Player of the Decade.
Young rejoins an Ohio State team that earned a No. 2 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament before being upset by 15th-seeded Oral Roberts in the first round. While guard CJ Walker has declared for the NBA Draft and will hire an agent, E.J. Liddell and Duane Washington Jr. could potentially return, and sophomore Garfield Heights native Meechie Johnson is expected to play a role along with incoming freshman and St. Vincent-St. Mary grad Malaki Branham.