Deshaun Thomas Will Forgo Senior Season

Written April 5th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

Junior Deshaun Thomas has elected to forgo his senior season at Ohio State and become eligible for the NBA Draft. The 6’7″ forward averaged 14.4 points per game as a Buckeye, scoring 1630 points in three years, while averaging 5 rebounds per game, and shooting nearly 48 % from the field. NCAA Basketball: Division I Championship-Ohio State vs Cincinnati

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana — Thomas is considered by many as a first round draft pick.  Well known for his offensive production, Thomas put Ohio State on his back at points during his junior season. Averaging just under 20 points per game and starting in all 37 games played this season.

And when it mattered most in his Ohio State career, he stepped it up. Thomas is the second all time leading scorer in Buckeye tournament history. His 62 tournament rebounds are also fourth all-time in school history.

In a prepared release by the Ohio State Communications department, Thad Matta talked about Deshaun’s development as a player the last three years.

To see Deshaun grow into the man he has become has been amazing. His accomplishments on the floor speak for themselves but I am just as proud of him and what he has done off the floor.  We recruited him offering the opportunity to grow as a person and player and that is exactly what happened.  I know there is much more in-store for him in the future and I am proud to have been able to coach him.

Thomas will spend time between Columbus and Indianapolis preparing for the NBA Draft.

 

 

12 Comments

  1. erictbbcNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Gonna miss seeing him play basketball. He may have had his frustrating moments, but man was he fun to watch.

    Best of luck in the future Tank! We’ll be rooting for you in the NBA.

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    Joe DexterNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Amen. To that. From monster offensive rebounds, to shooting defenders out of the gym. Gonna miss you Tank. GO GET EM!

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Would have liked to see him take one more ride around the merry-go-round. It was a pleasure to watch him play and satisfying to see his growth & maturation. That sound you hear is conference coaches exhaling..

    Best of luck to you DeShaun.

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  3. jim otisNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Better learn how to play defense

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    Joe DexterNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    You have to play defense in the NBA?

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    erictbbcNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    “What is this ‘defense’ of which you speak?” – NBA, probably.

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  4. MikeNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Thomas will shoot from anywhere. He has a good shooting touch. His defense however leaves a lot to be desired. I think he will be a second round draft because he will not be able to stop the player he is up against.

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  5. Joe DexterNo Gravatar
    April 5th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I honestly don’t think that will matter. How many players go in the first round based on offensive ability. Coaches in the NBA believe they can teach defense… Or in a world where keeping a team to 105 is a good outing

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  6. ZNo Gravatar
    April 6th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Now we have only 10 scholarship players. If one is sick and not enough to have a practice scrimmage without walkons.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    April 6th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    For practice/scrimmage purposes, I’m pretty sure that Goldstein and Lorbach would be suitable.

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    Brown BuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 6th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Is it too late to hand out another scholarship, preferably to a center or power forward?

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    Joe DexterNo Gravatar
    April 6th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Still very possible with graduating senior transfers still to take place.

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