Is Ohio State’s Forward Deshaun Thomas the Best Scorer in College Basketball?

By Trevor Lowry
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There are plenty of great scorers this season in college basketball, but is Ohio State Buckeyes’ Deshaun Thomas the best scorer in the nation?

Well, Thomas is not averaging the most points per game on the year, but his 20.1 points per game is good enough for 14th in the country and the most in the Big Ten Conference.

However, what makes Thomas so special is that he is scoring this many points per game against the best teams in the country and in the best conference in the country.

Whether if it is posting someone up or draining threes from behind the arc, Thomas is unstoppable in the scoring department.

Thomas scored 16 points on both Duke and Kansas, which is low for him. Duke and Kansas have consistently been ranked in the top 10 all season long.

In the first contest against Michigan, Thomas scored 20 points and he backed that up with a 17-point performance against the Wolverines in the second matchup of the season.

Thomas also scored 28 against Michigan State, 25 on Wisconsin and 26 points against the Indiana Hoosiers. May I remind you that Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana are all ranked in the top 10 right now. Wisconsin is also ranked in the top 25.

Ohio State does not have any other threats on offense, other than Thomas. You would think that would make Thomas easy to guard, since other teams could double cover him or focus a lot of their defense on him, but that has not been the case this season.

Thomas may not be averaging the most points in the country, but he is averaging a good amount against the best teams in basketball. I would like to see the other 13 players ahead of him do that.


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