2012-13 COLLEGE STATS
- Strong, athletic, wing
- Very versatile
- Big time scorer
- Good size, strength for his position
- Good shooter with deep range
- Very dangerous when he puts it on the floor
- Lefty will post up smaller defenders
- Excellent rebounder
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AROUND THE WEB
Apr 5 Update: Thomas has declared for the 2013 NBA Draft. Thomas is an elite scorer who can do damage near the basket or on the perimeter. But he make scouts a little wary because of his lack of elite athletic ability, he's a 'tweener stuck between the 3 and the 4 and his indifference on the defensive end. He can put the ball in the bucket, but they'll want to see more than that if he's going to be a first-round prospect. He's a bubble first-rounder right now, in the 25-40 range.
The leading scorer in what's considered the toughest conference in college basketball, DeShaun Thomas has relished the opportunity to carry the offensive load for Ohio State after the departure of Jared Sullinger.
A McDonald's All-American coming out of Bishop Leuer's High School in Indiana, putting points on the board has never been an issue for Thomas. A versatile and dangerous scorer, the 6'7 combo forward saw immediate playing time for Thad Matta's team as a freshman and broke out as a productive, efficient secondary scorer as a sophomore. Possessing good physical strength, but lacking the elite athleticism that would allow him to project as a surefire small forward at the next level, the former Indiana Mr. Basketball scores in bunches despite being the sole focus of opposing defenses every time he's stepped on the floor as a junior, thanks to his terrific combination of instincts, aggressiveness, and touch.
Thomas has done most of his damage with his jump shot this season, but remains a productive finisher and one-on-one threat in the post. Accounting for 25% of Ohio State's total possessions, up from 18% last year, Thomas has fared well in a large roler that has tested his skill set, although his efficiency has dipped and his strengths and weaknesses as a prospect remain largely unchanged.
The biggest change for Thomas this season has been how he's gotten involved in the Buckeye offense as the team's clear-cut first option. The Ohio State coaching staff has input more sets that have Thomas working off of screens to free him up for catch and shoot opportunities, isolate him on the perimeter, and use him as a decoy to open up things for his teammates. As a result, Thomas has spent more time on the perimeter this season, with 57% of his total shot attempts coming from the outside, up from 48% last season, and his 3-point attempts per-40 minutes pace adjust jumping to 6.7, which ranks 4th among forwards in our top-100. He's making 37% of his 3-pointers.
Combo forward with an absolute knack for scoring ... Experience. Had an excellent 3 year college career for the Buckeyes ... Has a diverse arsenal of offensive skills that make him a natural scorer ... Uses his big frame to back down smaller defenders ... Good face-up game ... Solid 3pt. shooter (34% in '12-'13) who can space the floor as a "stretch" forward ... Finds unconventional ways to score around the rim ... Comfortable on offense playing either forward position ... Gets numerous open looks off of screens ... Good at finding (and making) open threes in transition ... Effective on the catch-and-shoot ... Adept at getting off shots without a great deal of space ... Works well with his teammates and should adapt to his NBA team's offense with ease ... One-handed floater is consistent ... Solid offensive rebounder, skilled at getting tip-ins off of missed shots ... Great combination of aggressive play and efficiency ... Good free-throw shooter, especially for his size (83%) ... Incredible consistency on offense, as he scored at least 14 points in all but one game last season ... Thomas' left-handedness adds a unique aspect to his game ...