It has been awhile, but the next installment of our series detailing Ohio State's new additions to the basketball team is finally up. Before I get into this article, I do want to mention that Ohio State already has three commits for the 2011. Since these guys are just beginning their senior seasons in high school, I won't go into their stats. But I will say this: All three players (LaQuinton Ross, Shannon Scott, and Sam Thompson) are 4 Star, ESPNU 100 recruits.
Thad Matta is burning up the recruiting trails again, and legally (looking at you, Calipari). The guy is simply one of the top coaches in the country, and I don't think I would take anybody over him right now. I know what argument some fans will make..."John Calipari has vacated more Final Fours than most coaches will ever get to." This is true, and call me old fashioned, but I love a guy who runs a clean program and does nothing but win. It wasn't long ago that Jim O'brien ran this program into the ground, committed some violations himself, and then sued the school. So appreciate Coach Matta while he is here.
On to today's target, Deshaun Thomas. Thomas is the second highest rated recruit in this class behind Jared Sullinger. He is a McDonald's All American, a 5 Star ESPNU Top 100 player, and 12th overall ranked recruit in the country. Hailing from Fort Wayne, IN, Thomas spurned the likes of Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, and Duke to come and play for the Buckeyes. Bottom line: While everyone in this class will be overlooked by Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas would be a starter on all but maybe 10 teams in the country. One of those 10 teams happens to be the Buckeyes, however, as they return all but one starter from last year and bring the #2 overall recruiting class.
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