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Deshaun Thomas

  • Full Name: Deshaun Thomas
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 220
  • Birthdate: January 1, 1991
  • College: Ohio State
San Antonio Spurs Round 2: Pick 58

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- Can score in a variety of ways
- Strong
- Length
- Aggressive

- Can he defend at NBA level?
- What’s his position in the NBA?
- Sometimes overly reliant on 3 ball

NBA projection
Some mock drafts project Thomas as a first-round pick; others have him going in the second round. In order to be taken in the first round, Thomas will have to prove in workouts that he’s got a position -- as in, can he defend a position? Some question whether Thomas could guard quicker three men. And he doesn’t have the size to bang with the league’s elite power forwards.

2012-13 Season
Thomas was chosen to various All-America second- and third teams and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as he helped lead the Buckeyes to the league tournament championship and the NCAA tournament regional finals. He led the Big Ten in scoring and his 733 points were the third most in school history.

Key statistics
19.8 ppg | 5.9 rpg | 1.3 apg | 1.4 tpg | 35.4 mpg | .445 FG | .344 3PT | .834 FT

Cool statistic
In just three seasons Thomas became one of only 25 players in Ohio State history to compile more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. He finished ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,630 points.

Reminds me of...
Ryan Gomes

What Insiders Say
Ohio State coach Thad Matta
“He has a way to find angles. We went through that stretch in the Big Ten tournament where he was taking some bad ones. You look at his shooting percentage then to his shooting percentage now in the NCAA Tournament, and it's incredible. I think that's a tribute to him recognizing that I don't have to get it off and try to shoot myself out of it. Just let it flow and good things will happen. We want him to shoot. But the better shot, the better he is.”

What Outsiders Say
Kansas coach Bill Self
“He’s a hard matchup, and he was a hard matchup for us last year, when we had Robinson Thomas on him. We play two traditional bigs, and he’s not traditional, so it was probably a good matchup for us being able to put a guard on him and then doubling him on the post.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch