Posted April 05, 2013

Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas headed to the NBA

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Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas declared for the NBA Draft. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas declared for the NBA Draft. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas is forgoing his last season and declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft, reports CBSSports.com.

Thomas averaged 19.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season, led the team to the regional finals in the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Wichita State, and was named a third-time All-American selection.

Thomas finishes his career with 1,630 points, which ranks ninth in school history.

Thomas has been projected to be drafted in the late first round or early second.

From CBSSports.com:

“My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said in a statement. “I have grown tremendously as an individual and as a basketball player. I intend to return to finish my degree, but I believe that now is the best opportunity to pursue my dream and begin my career as a professional basketball player. I will always be a Buckeye and am blessed to be a part of the Ohio State University family.”


13 comments
Larry D
Larry D

 the NBA is always on the look out for the next OSU bust...

MichaelHarrold
MichaelHarrold

It is easy for all of us to second guess the players that decide to leave school early to become a professional. More than likely, non of us have ever, or will ever, have to make decision of this magnitude.  Stay for your senior year and improve your draft stock; therefore, making much more money.....or stay for you senior year suffer an injury such as Kevin Ware or Marcus Lattimore and risk not even being drafted.  With millions of dollars on the line it is definitely not an easy one to make.  As a Buckeye I am sad to see Thomas go and wish him all the best at the next level. 

marcomellett
marcomellett

Do the smart thing. You want the bottom of the FIRST ROUND? Cool, leave NOW! You and Tyler Zeller will suffer the same fate. Left too early, didn't get a guaranteed contract, etc. DEVELOP your game(s) a bit and reap the benefits later. My $.02.

FreeClarett
FreeClarett

Thomas is about as good as he is going to get.  He is not going to gain much by returning his senior year and risking an injury that could drop his draft stock like Sullinger did last year.  Sullinger should have left after his freshman year and Thomas should leave now.  I would like to see him return but that is just me being selfish.  Best of luck to "pop a shot". 

judson
judson

I have always said, if my son was a business major and after his sophomore or junior year a company offered him three or four million dollars a year to come work for them, how do you possible say no, finish your degree right now.  Would you?

John4
John4

He's going to blow off his senior year, right after the best "best years of his life" according to him in order to be a late first or early second round pick.  Why not stay another year, work on your game in college (because that is what college basketball is for) and then potentially be a late lottery pick next year?  I don't think DeShaun has thought this out very well.  

(Of course if he doesn't change his mind, then best of luck). 

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

You'll need to shoot better than you did against Wichita State.

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

 @MichaelHarrold I agree I think the time is right for DeShaun to move on and I think he is much more NBA ready than a lot of guys in this year's draft class.  While his game is some what limited he should be able to carve out a role as a Kyle Korver, 3pt specialist type. 

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

 @marcomellett I assume you're talking about Cody not Tyler Zeller.  He hasn't announced yet so you may be jumping the gun.  Can't blame him if he does though because he's almost a lock to get picked in the lottery and land a nice GUARANTEED contract for millions of dollars.  Your two cents is worth just that.

MichaelHarrold
MichaelHarrold

 @FreeClarett Very true if Sully would have left after his freshman year he would have been a top 5 (maybe top 3) pick.  Staying only showed NBA coaches and scouts the gaping holes in his game.  With that being said, Thomas is being projected as a late first or early second round pick....staying could actually improve his stock.  

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

 @judson Exactly, you can always go back to school and finish up.  As weak as this draft class is i think DeShaun will get picked in the 20-30 range first round.  If he slips to the 2nd round this could be a big mistake although there's no guarantee that he would be  a 1st rounder next year either.