Bobby Van Buren


Player profile

  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 215
  • Hometown Wingate, N.C.
  • Last School Wide Plains Academy
  • Year Sophomore

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Ohio State Overview
• Signed a National Letter of Intent with Ohio State in November of 2020
• Ohio State Scholar Athlete majoring in exercise science education

Awards & Honors
• 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
• Second Team All-Big Ten (2022, 2023)
• Inside Lacrosse Preseason & Midseason All-American (2023)
• USILA Honorable Mention All-American (2022, 2023)

2023 (Sophomore Season)
• Started all 14 games for the Buckeyes in 2023
• Picked up 18 ground balls and caused six turnovers, including two against then-ranked No. 1 Virginia
• Helped the Buckeyes hold four opponents to seven goals or less on the year
• Earned USILA Honorable Mention All-America honors

2022 (Freshman Season)
• Helped the Buckeyes defense hold five opponents to 10 goals or less
• Ranked 15th in the league in caused turnovers per game (.77) and added 20 ground balls
• Started eight of 13 games he played in
• Became the third Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and first close defenseman to win the award

More on Bobby

• Was homeschooled.
• Five-star rated recruit by Inside Lacrosse and the nation’s No. 12 overall player.
• Selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game
• For Team Carolina 24/7, was a Maverik Showtime All-Star and a Baltimore Summer Kickoff All-Star in 2019.
• Was also a Maverick Showcase All-Star in 2018 with Team Carolina and Defensive Player of the Game in the Naptown National Challenge Championship.
• A Blue Chip SE 26 All-Star and Brine National Lax Classic All-Star.
• Has two cousins who are collegiate athletes.
• Father, Frank, played football at Shippensburg.
• Is a third-degree black belt.