Apr 6, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT
Ohio State’s 2012-13 roster will include at least one All-America candidate after all.
Two days after sophomore center Jared Sullinger announced he’ll enter the NBA draft, forward Deshaun Thomas announced he’ll be back in Columbus for his junior season.
“We have a great team returning next season and I want to be a part of another championship run,” Thomas said in a release. “My family, my coaches and I looked at my future as a professional but I love being a Buckeye and want to continue my education and development as a player and as a person at Ohio State.
“If I do have an opportunity to play basketball professionally, I want to have an immediate impact,” Thomas said. “Working with my teammates and coaches at Ohio State will help me achieve my future goals.”
The 6-7 forward averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds his sophomore season, shooting 52 percent from the field. That was a significant boost from his freshman season when he put up 7.5 points per game.
Without Sullinger or departing senior William Buford on the roster, expect Thomas to make a similar jump next season.
His NCAA tournament performance – 19.2 points per game during the Buckeyes’ Final Four run – led all players and showcased his ability to find his shot at almost any time. His 3-point shooting still needs a little work (34.5 percent), but that’s about the only thing he can’t do well offensively.
With Thomas and point guard Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes should contend for the Big Ten title again and possibly make a run at another Final Four.
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Jalen Brunson led the way with 30 points for the United States, which plays Croatia Sunday.
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Miles Bridges is one of the better scorers in the 2016 class.
Jul 4, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT
The US is taking on the hosts in the semifinals, with the winner getting Croatia on Sunday.
Jul 4, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
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Jul 4, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Kansas won its debut overseas this summer as Wayne Selden had a big outing.
Jul 4, 2015, 9:05 AM EDT
UConn landed a quality guard in the Class of 2016.
Jul 4, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT
Given Oregon’s many perimeter options, minutes were likely to be at a premium for Rorie in 2015-16.
Jul 3, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT
The top four players remain the same.
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The redshirt junior has not played since January 2014.
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The rising sophomore was originally being blocked from transferring to 55 schools.
Jul 3, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT
Ohio State begins its 2017 class with a local product.
Jul 3, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT
Jalen Brunson led USA Basketball with 17 points.
Jul 3, 2015, 2:10 PM EDT
A lot of unranked players made their way into the top five in a surprisingly deep class.
Jul 3, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT
Jalen Brunson led four Americans in double figures with 17 points.
Jul 3, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
Minnesota is one of four schools the 6-foot-10 center is reportedly considering.
Jul 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The lone school to host the Georgia native on an official visit is considered to be the favorite in this recruiting race.
Jul 2, 2015, 7:40 PM EDT
Oregon still has a date to fill (December 29), which the school expects to be filled by an in-state opponent.
Jul 2, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT
This is nasty.
Jul 2, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
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