Ohio State's Thomas to enter NBA draft

Deshaun Thomas will  forgo his senior season of eligibility at Ohio State to enter the NBA Draft. He finishes his career No. 9 in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 1,630 points, and he led the Big Ten in scoring this seasonr with 19.8 points per game. His total of 733 points last season is third most in Ohio State history.

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“My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said in a statement on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.  “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.” 

Read more on this announcment at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Here are Thomas’ career stats.

2010-11 OhioSt 37 0 14.0 7.5 3.5 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.8 1.1 .479 .328 .797
2011-12 OhioSt 39 39 31.4 15.9 5.4 0.9 0.4 0.2 1.2 1.7 .520 .345 .748
2012-13 OhioSt 37 37 35.4 19.8 5.9 1.3 0.5 0.3 1.4 1.5 .445 .344 .834
Career 113 76 27.0 14.4 5.0 0.9 0.4 0.2 1.1 1.4 .479 .342 .799


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Delmar Jones on 4/5/2013 @ 5:41pm EDT Said:

I’d like to know how much input Coach Matta had in Thomas decision to skip his last year at Ohio State an enter the NBA draft. It seem that to many of these young men are leaving school to go pro and they are not ready play at the next levei It seem to me if I can see that and I’m just a sixty-two year old sport junky than the guys that are coaching these kids should beable to see this too.Deshaun Thomas is not good enough to play in the NBA at this point an if I were his Coach who recuited him to Ohio State or any other college I would be the first one to inform him of that. Now I don’t know what roll if any that Coach Matta had in Thomas’s decision to leave school for the draft, but tis s a big misake. I wish Deshaun the best of luck you were great while you played for the Bucks. GO BUCKS