Aug. 17, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Junior center Zisis Sarikopoulos (ZIZ-iss, SAYR-uh-COHP-ul-liss) will not return to Ohio State, instead electing to remain in his native Greece and play professionally.

The 7-foot Sarikopoulos played one season for the Buckeyes after transferring from Alabama-Birmingham following the 2007-08 season. He sat out in 2008-09 to satisfy NCAA transfer rules before making 14 appearances for Ohio State last season.

Coach Thad Matta said Tuesday that he had spoken to the center, who had struggled with the decision.