Columbus, Ohio—Senior guard David Lighty has re-fractured his left foot. The injury happened during spring conditioning, and he will have surgery on Friday to repair the damage.
Lighty first injured his foot back in December of 2008, and he missed the rest of the 2008-2009 season with a medical redshirt.
Lighty is expected to be fully recovered in about 12 weeks. He will have his surgery on campus at the Ohio State Medical Center with Dr. Grant Jones.
Lighty has gone through this process before and knows how to navigate the recovery process successfully. He expects a full recovery and will be back in action before fall conditioning begins.
Thad Matta had been giving Lighty time at the point position along with William Buford and Jon Diebler. The focus was mainly on developing Lighty into the starting point guard this summer, but with the injury Buford and Diebler will be the favorites now.
Matta’s adjustments will most likely put Diebler at point and Buford at shooting guard, all while sliding Lighty down to small forward. This leaves Dallas Lauderdale at power forward and Jared Sullinger at center for next season’s starters. The Buckeyes have been ranked as high as No. 2 in some preseason polls.
Lighty averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season as a starter. His defense is a catalyst that sparks transition points for the Buckeyes off steals, rebounds, and blocks. Ohio State will need his senior leadership on the court next season to help offset the loss of Evan Turner to the NBA.