2010 Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches) 2010 Honorble Mention All-Big Ten (Media)
AN OVERVIEW Senior David Lighty is the most veteran member of the Buckeyes' roster. He spent the summer recuperating from an injured right foot, the same injury that caused him to miss the majority of the 2008-09 season, but is expected to be at full go for the 2010-11 campaign. As a junior a season ago, Lighty averaged 12.6 points a game to earn Third-Team All-Big Ten honors by the league media and honorable mention accolades by the Big Ten Coaches. He also was a member of the 2010 All-Big Ten Tournament squad defeated Minnesota for the postseason tournament title.
Lighty, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, has been an integral part of the lineup since his rookie season. Along with Mike Conley Jr., Lighty started his first game for the Buckeyes Nov. 10, 2006 vs. VMI, the first true rookies to do so since Michael Redd in the 1997 season opener. Since then, he has played an average of 28.3 minutes per game, increasing every year to 36.3 as a junior.
A quality rebounder from his guard spot, he can guard several positions.
One of four Ohio State freshmen in 2006-07 to play for a state title as a high school senior in March of 2006.
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2009-10) One of three players to start all 37 games Averaged 12.6 points per appearance with 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.3 minutes Led team in steals (58) and finished the year seventh in the Big Ten Scored at least 20 points seven times in his career and five times in 2009-10 Had 12.0 points per game and 14 total assists through three NCAA Tournament games. Tallied 18 points and added three assists in NCAA Second Round vs Ga. Tech (3/21/10) Had nine points and six assists in NCAA First Round against UC Santa Barbara (3/19/10) Averaged 15.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in three Big Ten Tournament games. Scored 20 points, including 14 in second half, and picked up seven rebounds in Big Ten final over Minnesota (3/14/10) Narrowly missed first career double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds in win at Michigan State (2/21/10 Posted 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting (3-5 from 3-pt range) in win over Illinois (2/14/10) Scored all nine points vs. Iowa (2/7/10) on free throws, hitting 9-of-10 and adding a pair of pivotal blocks Had a game-high 18 points in win over Wisconsin (1/16/10), shooting 7-of-10 from the field and picking up four boards Shot a season-best 85 percent from the field against Minnesota (1/9/10), scoring 15 on 6-of-7 shooting Scored 13 points at Michigan (1/3/10) for seventh-consecutive game with 10+ points (career-long streak) Had a career day against Cleveland State (12/22/09), scoring 30 points while adding seven rebounds and team-high five assists ... first-half dunk vs. CSU was named ESPN's Top Play of the Day ... reached the 700-point mark in his career against the Vikings Tallied 16 points, six boards and a career high-tying four steals vs. Eastern Michigan (12/5/09) Tied career high with 8 assists vs. Alcorn State (11/0/09) in the season opener.
AS A JUNIOR (2008-09) Missed 26 games with a broken bone in left foot Will have 2 remaining years of eligibility after he received a medical redshirt in 2008-09 Made his 50th career start vs. Butler Dec. 13 Ranked 2nd for the Buckeyes in rebounds (40) and steals (10) before his injury ... has 78 career steals Recorded his 500th career point (544) against Miami (12/2/08) Tallied 10 or more points in four games Tied his career best in points with a game-high 21 points vs. JU Dec. 17 ... went 7-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from the charity line ... also tallied four assists, seven rebounds and three steals One of five Buckeyes to knock down a 3-point basket vs. JU and 1 of 4 players to score in double figures, marking the first time since the 2008 NIT title game against Massachusetts April 3, 2008 Started his 44th-consecutive game vs. Jacksonville Dec. 17
AS A SOPHOMORE (2007-08) Ranked 2nd for the Buckeyes in minutes played (1,185) ... No. 9 in the Big Ten in minutes played (32.0 mpg.) Played about twice the minutes (32.0 mpg.) as he did as a true freshman (16.3 mpg.) ... and his 9.0 ppg. improved from 3.7 ppg. as a rookie Played 40 or more minutes in five games In NIT games, averaged 10.8 ppg. and 2.4 spg. in 32.2 mpg. ... made 20-42 FGs (.476) Playing in his hometown, scored 15 pts and handed out a career-high 8 assists in 80-63 win vs. Cleveland State (12/18/07) Recorded a career-best 9 rebs and 3 3-pointers in 40 minutes of play vs. UNC (11/28/07) Scored a career-high 21 points vs. UW Green Bay in the season opener ... also recorded career best in FG made (9) Served as captain for the United States Under-19 World Championship team in summer of 2007 ... started all nine games, averaged 23.7 min and shot 69 pct (31-45) from the field
AS A FRESHMAN (2006-07) Had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in victory over Memphis in NCAA South Region final ... went 2-4 FG and 3-5 FT line (3/24/07) Also had 7 points in South Region semifinal win over Tennessee ... made 2-3 FG and 1-2 from 3-point range (3/22/07) Grabbed 5 rebounds vs. Central Connecticut State in NCAA first round (3/15/07) Fourth double-figure scoring effort vs. Coppin State (12/30/06) with 10 points on 4-of-6 FG shooting Scored a career-high 11 points vs. Youngstown State (11/24/06) Played 30 minutes in title game of BCA Classic vs. Kent State (11/12/06) Highlight reel driving dunk in traffic in win vs. Iowa State (12/19/06) Lighty and the U.S. team participated in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Amassed a total of 79 points for an average of 8.8 a game and started all nine contests ... 31-45 from the field (.689) in 213 minutes of action ... named team captain prior to start of event ... scored a team-high 19 points in the 90-81 win against Lithuania July 16
PRIOR TO OHIO STATE Rated No. 30 on SI.com's list of 2006 Top 100 players Averaged 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in 31 minutes of action in the final two games of the Division III state finals in Columbus Named to The Associated Press D-III all-state tournament team in 2006 ... also selected by the AP as a first-team all-state honoree in Division III as a senior During the Roundball Classic game at the United Center in Chicago (4/9/06), Lighty played for the first time with three of his future Ohio State teammates (Oden, Conley and Cook). He contributed 14 points in the West's 118-102 victory An Associated Press Ohio Division III first-team honoree in his final two years at Villa Angela-St. Joseph ... averaged 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds a game as a junior after contributing 19.4 points a game during his sophomore campaign Named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year in 2004-05 Played for Dave Wojciechowski Lettered in football as a freshman at Villa Angela-St. Joseph Son of David and Emily