Deshaun Thomas Drafted by San Antonio Spurs

By Kyle Rowland on June 28, 2013 at 12:10a
DT is heading to San Antonio

Deshaun Thomas’ dreams of being drafted are now complete, though it looked bleak as Thursday night turned to Friday morning. Finally, the former Buckeye sharpshooter was taken 58th overall by San Antonio. Apparently there were no hard feelings after Thomas refused to give the Spurs his cell phone number during the workout process. 

Thomas is Thad Matta's ninth first-round or second-round selection and he preserved a seven-year streak of having a Buckeye drafted.

After an offensive tear during the 2012 NCAA Tournament that saw him average more than 20 points per game in Ohio State’s run to the Final Four, Thomas became a hot topic when it came to possible players who would enter the draft. But he stayed another season in Columbus, where he led the Big Ten in scoring (19.8 ppg).

Thomas finished his career No. 9 in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 1,630 points. His total of 733 points last season is third most in Ohio State history. During his three years as a Buckeye, Thomas was part of a Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four. Ohio State won two Big Ten regular-season titles (2011 and 2012) and two Big Ten Tournament titles (2011 and 2013) during that that span.

“My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said this spring. “I have grown tremendously as an individual and as a basketball player.  I intend to return to finish my degree, but I believe that now is the best opportunity to pursue my dream and begin my career as a professional basketball player.  I will always be a Buckeye and am blessed to be a part of the Ohio State University family.”

Thomas started the final 76 games of his career and appeared in 113 total games as a Buckeye. He is one of 25 players in program history to have at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. But his draft stock has steadily declined.

Thomas didn’t help himself at the predraft combine when his test results were underwhelming. He registered the sixth-most body fat – 9.1 percent – and his 12.94 lane-agility test time was the slowest among 51 players. Teams were also wary of his defense and ability to connect from beyond the arc. All he needed, though, was one opportunity, and he’ll get it with the Spurs. The journey will begin at the NBA Summer Leauge in Las Vegas. 

“To see Deshaun grow into the man he has become has been amazing,” said Ohio State head coach Thad Matta. “His accomplishments on the floor speak for themselves but I am just as proud of him and what he has done off the floor. We recruited him offering the opportunity to grow as a person and player and that is exactly what happened. I know there is much more in-store for him in the future and I am proud to have been able to coach him.”

Thomas' notable career accomplishments:

  • 2013 John R. Wooden Award All-America
  • 2013 Associated Press Third Team All-America
  • 2013 Sporting News Second Team All-America
  • 2013 USBWA All-District V Team
  • 2013 First Team All-Big Ten, coaches/media
  • 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist
  • 2012-13 Preseason All-America
  • 62-Career NCAA tournament rebounds, 4th all-time
  • 72-Made 3s, No. 10 all-time, season (2012-13)
  • 83.4-FT pct. (.834/141-169), No. 6 all-time, season (2012-13)
  • 94-Career wins
  • 143-Career made 3s, No. 8 all-time
  • 205-Ohio State career NCAA tournament points, 2nd all-time
  • 260-Thomas made FGs, No. 8 all-time, season (2012-13)
  • 584-Thomas FGA, No. 2 all-time, season (2012-13)
  • 733-Thomas season pts., No. 3 all-time, season (2012-13)
  • 1,630-Career points for Deshaun Thomas, No. 9 all-time

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captain obvious's picture

Hell Yeah Perfect Fit

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Silverbuck8's picture

Thought the same thing, hopefully Popovich sticks around lone enough so the system stays in place.

chicagobuckeye's picture

Didn't he say he wouldn't give them his phone number.

captain obvious's picture

Played hard to get

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

theobi's picture

Good God this was instantaneous haha

rdubs's picture

Can't he be as good as Mike Miller?

Baroclinicity's picture

How did you get this up so fast? Or is this not live on ESPN? Confused, but way to go DT!!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

droessl's picture

1. Great timing by Kyle. I'm almost scared. 
2. Great, GREAT fit for Thomas. He's got a coach who understands roles and players strengths. Also the Spurs have a history of turning late picks into top notch role players. Very happy for Deshaun. 

zbd's picture

Playing for one of the best coaches in the NBA.  He will need to play some D to get playing time.

captain obvious's picture

when Leonard got there he couldn't shoot
when Green and Neal got there they could barely stick on a roster
Thomas will be fine

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

buck-I.8's picture

Green couldn't even stay on the Spurs roster

captain obvious's picture

excellent point
and I forgot about Tiago Splitter I don't think he could even tie his shoes

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buck-I.8's picture

You say it like he's learned since

Poison nuts's picture

I agree that this is actually a very good fit...I've never been a big Spurs fan, but they play great team Bball & I'll be a bit of a fan now...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

BME_Buckeye's picture

This is amazing news. Really Glad Thomas is going to a quality team and organization. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


sb97's picture

He was able to get this up quick because he just had to edit the first paragraph. 

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

How do you figure...
"was taken 58th overall by San Antonio."
"Thomas is Thad Matta's ninth first-round selection"

skid21's picture

Wondered that myself. He barely got drafted. I still think our S&C coach needs to be replaced. Tank lost 15 lbs. and improved his workouts tremendously over the last month. Buford sucked at the workouts last year. Thad needs to get with Urban and find a new guy IMO. Tank should have gotten picked earlier. Some of those who got selected before him are an absolute joke.

buck-I.8's picture

I have a lower body fat percentage than he did at the combine and I eat ice cream in bed

Jason Priestas's picture

Fixed. Thanks.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm a Spurs fan, and I'm fairly certain they have never drafted a Buckeye before. He has his work cut out fitting into that system, but the Spurs are the sort of team where, if you're not a complete player but there are a couple of things you do really well, they will find a way to work with that. They're going to want someone who can hit the occasional corner 3 and give Leonard an occasional rest.

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Becool12's picture

Apparently they liked him playing hard to get!!!!

Haybucks's picture

Yeah, but now he'll have a company phone!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


biggy84's picture

Happy that Tank gets a chance to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA. The Spurs don't need him to play right away, and he will have time to develop with the strong roster of professionals on that team.

ATT2121's picture

Super proud of Deshaun!


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

9Route's picture

7 straight years a player has been drafted.
4 straight Sweet 16 appearances.
Only 1 team can claim either of those 2 facts. Ohio State is that 1 team.

I'm just happy to be here

IBleedSandG's picture

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say both of those streaks are extended this year.


TMargo's picture

What caliber of program Thad has built here is simply amazing.  It cannot be understated how great of a coach we have.  Ohio State has always had the necessary tools in place to build this type of program yet no coach since Fred Taylor was able to sustain this level of success.  There is really only one item left to achieve and we all know what that is, but I have absolutely zero doubt he will eventually cut down the nets. 

House804's picture
  • 62-Career NCAA tournament rebounds, 4th all-time

Are these all his tOSU records?  I know Im not the only one who read "62 tourney rebounds" and thought there is no way in Hell thats 4th all-time.

We talkin' bout practice?!  Not the game I love...the game I die for.  Practice?!

IBleedSandG's picture

Go get 'em, Tank! Congrats!


MassiveAttack's picture

Cody Zeller gets Powned during the season, in the conference tournament and in the NCAA tournament, yet he's entitled to go 4th overall and get millions?!   EVERYONE said he should stay in school and work on his game.  Then Deshaun carries his team, is one of the top offensive players in the league, yet he gets dinged for his defense? 

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LadyBuck's picture

Fantastic pick by Pop and Buford. I am excited that a buckeye is now on the Spurs, and I think DT couldn't have landed in a better place. Assuming he finds a roster spot, Pop will not only try to utilize his offensive abilities, but develop him into a more complete player. Here's to another buckeye getting drafted.