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Ohio State Junior Deshaun Thomas Will Declare For 2013 NBA Draft

Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports

The Ohio State Buckeyes released a statement on Friday afternoon stating that junior forward Deshaun Thomas is headed to the NBA.

Thomas, a 6-foot-7 forward, will enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft after leading the conference in scoring at 19.8 points per game. Thomas finished his career at No. 9 all-time in Ohio State scoring with 1,630 points.

“My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said in the release.  “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.”

Thomas’ decision should really come as no surprise, but even despite the loss, the Buckeyes will be talented once again in 2013-14.

Thomas is projected as a late first, early sound round selection for this upcoming June’s draft. According to NBADraft.net, Thomas is placed with the first selection of the second round, No. 31 overall. DraftExpress.com lists Thomas even lower at No. 52 overall.

In addition to his scoring numbers, Thomas also snagged 5.9 rebounds per game this season. A crafty left-hander, Thomas has the size to play in the NBA, but his best asset is stepping out and stretching the floor from the outside. Thomas shot 34.4% from the three-point line during the 2012-13 season.

 

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