After a year that saw him finish as a third-team AP All-American and be named to the illustrious Wooden All-American team, Deshaun Thomas has called it as a career as a Buckeye. The Big Ten's regular season leading scorer announced Friday that he'd be forgoing his senior season and making himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.
"My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said through a 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 finishes ninth on Ohio State's all-time scoring list with over 1600 points. He averaged 19.8 points per game in 2012-2013 and helped Ohio State reach their second straight Elite Eight and third straight Sweet 16 with him on the side. Draft Express projects Thomas to go in the latter portion of the second round at this juncture.
We wish Thomas the absolute best as he embarks on the next chapter in his life.