Thompson Commits to Buckeyes
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For those who say the Ohio State Football Spring Game doesn't have much merit, head basketball coach Thad Matta would heartily disagree after landing a commitment from Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson on Sunday following a weekend visit.
Per reports from ESPN's Jeff Goodman and CBS's Jeff Borzello, Thompson made the decision on Sunday. Those reports were soon "virtually confirmed" with a tweet from assistant coach Jeff Boals, who stated, "Buckeyes got better today!!!!"
Thompson (6-11 210) averaged 5.0 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game this past season as a true freshman for the Hokies. He scored in 20 of the Hokies' final 21 games, and finished with double-figure rebounds four times.
For comparison's sake, Ohio State starting center Amir Williams scored in 19 of the Buckeyes' final 21 games, and also finished with four double-digit rebounding games.
Thompson will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season, but will have three seasons of eligibility with the Buckeyes.
A three-star center out of Indianapolis, Indiana, Thompson signed with the Hokies out of prep school, but also had offers from Tennessee, Arizona State, Xavier and USC. After deciding to transfer, he had a final three of Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue.
Thompson is the second post player to transfer to the Buckeyes in a matter of weeks, joining Temple's Anthony Lee, who will be eligible to play this coming season.
When Thompson is finally eligible to play, Ohio State will have lost Lee, Williams and Trey McDonald, and will only be returning David Bell, who will be a freshman for the 2014-2015 season.
Thompson averaged 16.2 minutes per game, shooting 50-122 (.410) from the field this past season. He went 49-75 (.653) from the free throw line. He averaged 0.9 blocks per game despite playing limited minutes.
He tied his season-high with 15 points in a 66-48 loss at Duke, shooting 6-9 from the field and grabbing six rebounds. He also had a season-high three steals playing a season-best 35 minutes against the Blue Devils.
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