The name Sam Thompson is becoming more and more known across of the college basketball landscape.
No, Thompson isn’t jumping out at anybody for his prolific scoring or ability to carry Ohio State, but in fact it’s his high-flying athleticism that’s garnering all the attention.
Thompson has met the Sportscenter Top 10 a number of times in the past few weeks and for good reason. The highlight-reel sophomore has thrown down a number of tremendous dunks and his ability to get out in transition and finish above the rim has warranted quite the conversations.
On Sunday, the Buckeyes hosted the previously undefeated Michigan Wolverines in a rivalry game that had higher implications than normal. Michigan, looking to take over the nation’s No. 1 spot in Monday afternoon’s re-release of the Top 25, was handed their first loss in a game that became tightly-contested after it what initially appeared like an Ohio State blowout.
Trailing by one with roughly six and a half minutes remaining, Michigan was looking to take the lead, but a turnover in the paint quickly allowed the Buckeyes to transition in the opposite direction.
Off the hands of Aaron Craft, sophomore guard Shannon Scott got the ball right outside the three-point line. One dribble and one lob pass later, Thompson came flying from the wing to throw down a crowd-igniting, alley-oop to extend the Ohio State lead to three.
Take a look at the video below:
Ohio State won the game by a final score of 56-53.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS