Ohio State forward DeShaun Thomas has decided to forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft this summer.
Per Ohio State, junior forward Deshaun Thomas will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) April 5, 2013
Thomas is a 6-foot-7-inch wing who averaged 19.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Buckeyes in 2012-13, playing an integral role on a team which made it to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8.
Regarding Thomas’ future, WFNY’s Kirk Lammers projected the following:
Thomas certainly has his limitations, including his ball handling, his defensive motor, and his lack of true power forward size. Those aren’t going away, and they’ll likely keep him a second round pick whether he stays or goes. I see Thomas having success at the NBA level as a microwave-type bench player who can rattle off 10 points in the blink of an eye.
Currently, Thomas is ranked by ESPN’s Chad Ford as the 48th prospect overall, ranging anywhere from the second round to potentially being undrafted. Thomas is versatile, strong, athletic and can undoubtedly score. Questions loom surrounding his work ethic as well as his occasional bout of poor shot selection and indifference on the defensive end of the floor. Draft Express has Thomas ranked 52nd, citing a lack of foot speed for a three, size and length for a four at the NBA level.
As others have pointed out, pure basketball motivations aren’t all that are in play here. As the Mansfield Journal wrote, As the father to a one-year-old son, Thomas may be choosing a paycheck rather than delaying money for another year.
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