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Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson commits to Ohio State

Thad Matta and the Buckeyes picked up a big commitment for the basketball team by adding Virginia Tech center transfer Trevor Thompson.

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With Amir Williams, Trey McDonald, and Anthony Lee all set to graduate following the 2014-2015 basketball season, it was important for Thad Matta and his staff to add a solid big man or two in their 2014 recruiting class. They came up with one in the form of Dave Bell – who is very raw – and wanted to add another.

Matta achieved this goal, but in a slightly different way when Virginia Tech center transfer Trevor Thompson committed to Ohio State following a strong visit to Columbus this weekend.

Thompson averaged 5.5 points and 4.7 rebounds, while playing 16.2 minutes per game for the Hokies as a freshman. He will have to sit out next year due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the coming season.

The 6'11, 220-pound center also seriously considered Indiana and Purdue before deciding Ohio State was the best place for him to play out the rest of his collegiate basketball career. He's originally from Indianapolis and will be closer to home after making the move from Blacksburg to Columbus.

Land-Grant Holy Land will try to catch up with Thompson to learn more about his decision to transfer to Ohio State in the coming days. Also be on the lookout for LGHL basketball analyst Sam Vecenie on what Thompson brings to the Buckeyes on the court.