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Former Ohio State basketball big man Trevor Thompson signs with the Golden State Warriors

Another Buckeye will be getting checks to play professional basketball

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Thompson raised a fair amount of eyebrows amongst Buckeye fans when he decided to leave college early for the NBA Draft. After all, nobody projected him to be drafted...and then he wasn’t drafted.

But Trevor Thompson is going to get paid to play basketball by an NBA team, so it looks like that bet on himself paid off.

The Golden State Warriors announced today that they signed Thompson, although, as Bay Area News Group’s Dieter Kurtenbach points out, he’s almost certainly headed to the G-League.

Thompson was productive at Ohio State, nearly averaging a double-double, while establishing himself as one of the better big men in the conference. He was also one of the few Ohio State players who demonstrably improved each year while with the Buckeyes.

Thompson, already 23, is old for an NBA prospect, having already redshirted thanks to having to sit out from a transfer from Virginia Tech. Whether he sticks around long-term in the NBA or not, he’s going to get a legitimate shot at the G-League, under the banner of the probable best team in the NBA. That’s not bad.

Congrats to Trevor. Here’s hoping he gets lots of buckets.