Thompson Commits to Buckeyes, eligible in 2015-16

By Mike Young on April 13, 2014 at 1:18p
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Two weeks after adding Temple transfer Anthony Lee, Thad Matta continues to add to Ohio State's frontcourt depth. 

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson will be a Buckeye after committing on this weekend's visit to Columbus. Assistant coach Jeff Boals further confirmed the news with a hint-filled tweet. 

"I love the academics, the fans, my new teammates and the coaching staff," Thompson told ESPN. "It was the perfect fit."

Unlike Lee, Thompson will not be eligible until the 2015-16 season, when he'll be a sophomore. ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports Thompson might seek a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately.

In his only season with the Hokies, Thompson played 16.2 minutes per game, averaging 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-11-inch, 210 pounds center showed flashes in his only season of college basketball. For example, he had 15 points, six rebounds and three steals against Duke.

"He's probably a year or two away from being a real force," said Mike Barber, the Virginia Tech beat writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "He could certainly give some rebounding and defense off the bench as a transfer."

Terrence Dials, Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, Byron Mullens and Jared Sullinger are centers who have thrived in Matta's system at Ohio State. But the post position has been a graveyard for the Buckeyes ever since Sullinger left two years ago.

Lee, who left Temple for Ohio State, gives Matta a one-year window. But after the 2014-15  season, Lee, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald all depart, leaving the Buckeyes in a bind.

Thompson, an Indianapolis native, will return closer to home after stints in Blacksburg, Va. and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (Delafield, Wis.). He picked OSU over two the two Big Ten programs in Indiana – the Hoosiers and Boilermakers.

Thompson was not heavily recruited out of high school, but Mark Berman, who covers the Hokies for the Roanoke Times, believes Thompson's talent is more evident after one year at Virginia Tech. 

"Coaches probably see potential, see that he still has three years of eligibility left," Berman told Eleven Warriors. "They know that he will be spending a redshirt year in the weight room and believe his freshman season gives them a better sense of what he can do for them than high school big men still unsigned out there."

Thompson's father is former MLB and Columbus Clippers outfielder Ryan Thompson. The athleticism might run in the family.

"He's a great rebounder, with tremendous ups and a nasty shot blocker," Barber said. "I don't know that he'd become a star in the Big Ten, but I do think, with his size and rim protecting ability, he can contribute."

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I could watch that gif all day.

 

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ITWASME's picture

Is it true he actually might play this year because his dad is sick?

bodast67's picture

   Me when I read this news....

 

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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Homey1970's picture

Huge get for Coach Thad and the Bucks.  With the lack of big men for the 2015-2016 season, his commitment is....I'll say it again....HUGE!  The year off should give him some time to make a B1G body.  His frosh numbers dwarf Amir's frosh numbers (5 pts & 4.7 reb/game and 10+ min/game versus 1.7 pts & 2.1 reb/game).  I think the upside was well worth the schollie. 

HYDEYOKIDS's picture

Gotta hand it to Thad. After missing on some big name big men managed to pull some guys late to set us up for next season and beyond. Hopefully Thompson and Bell will be a force to be reckoned with in a few years time.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Excellent, but if we have to start him -- and unless we land a stud in the next 12 months, we will -- that's living dangerously.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

Why would we start him? Amir and Trey will still be at the 5 both seniors with Lee at the 4 possibly 5 when we go small. He showed promise as a freshman but almost all coaches and scouts agreed he is a little ways away before he can play in the B1G. I'm not clear on the specifics but I thought he was not eligible to play for us next year.

Ball-Z-Buck's picture

Good news but 6'11 210lbs but.....he's built like a walking one iron!

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brandonbauer87's picture

So...as a 1-iron he's virtually impossible to use but deadly when he works out?

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teddyballgame's picture

Great pickup...he's got a whole year to get better and gain strength

jaxbuckeye's picture

Awesome!!!!  Now DEVELOPE him Thad!!!!!!

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rosycheeks's picture

Did you mean 'envelop' him?

jaxbuckeye's picture

I assume that was a failed attempt at humor?  It was a typo. Meant DEVELOP.  You know, the opposite of Trey and Amir. 

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bethesdabuck's picture

I guess after Crean finishing second to Thad for Lee and now Thompson we can expect a lot more of this...

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Nice find Bethesda - Crean is a real "Piece of Work"

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Seattle Linga's picture

Congrats Thad and Staff - this just made my Master Sunday much better.............

 

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route4buckeye's picture

I miss HIMYM already :'(

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bethesdabuck's picture

And Lee and Thompson better be ready for the Crean treatment...

 

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bigbadbuck's picture

He looks like he's caught in his zipper or something.

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

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Homey1970's picture

"Hey little boy, you want a candy bar?"

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BuckeyeOfTheTiger's picture

you'd think Tom Crean could afford a decent belt...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

tennbuckeye19's picture

Tom Crean adjusts his pants more during a game than any person I've ever seen in my life. It's like his nervous tick or something. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Nah ---------- Just part of the Harbaugh clan ............ that explains it all!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Zimmy07's picture

HA HA!

He should try suspenders.

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Buckabroad's picture

Excellent!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

osubuck57's picture

Thad and Boals doing some work. He'll be an instant up-grade over what we have now!! Hope he gets his waiver approved. We could use him right away.

SCOTTC.

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Homey1970's picture

Totally disagree.  Amir has progressed each year he has been here.  Granted, not as fast as we would all like.  However, with Lee coming in with the freshman class and Scott handling the ball (along w/ his pretty damn good D), I see Thompson sitting out the year, bulking up and bringing it the year after Amir graduates.  With the new faces, Amir only needs to gives us about 8-10 pts, 8-10 reb and 25-30 mins per game.  

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TheShookster's picture

Don't worry Amir, the staff still has full faith in you.

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Seattle Linga's picture

I really hope this pisses Amir off so much he comes in like a Wrecking Ball next year........and we see a side of him that we haven't seen in him yet. A kid with his size should be dominating in the middle.

 

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Homey1970's picture

Keep hope alive!!!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

I guess I am the eternal optimist!!!!!!!!!!!!

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poop's picture

Byron Mullins thrived in Thad Matta's system? I don't remember that.

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741's picture

I am jealous of your user name. Genius.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

8.8 points 4.7 rebounds 1 block in an average of 20 minutes a game for a kid out of high school, isn't apoor performance.

However Amir Williams somehow managed to piece together 7.8 points 5.8 rebounds 1 block in an average of 23 minutes a game....... Must be the perceived hustle or strength image of the players, because I don't see any NBA team snagging Amir in the first round next year.

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rightfield's picture

That was on Mullens. He never brought his heart or brain to Ohio State. He went through the motions for a year and left for the NBA where he forgot to go find his heart and brain and it cost him a long lucrative career. Sully had more brains and heart in his pinky than Mullens had in his whole body.

     Thad got fooled on that one but no one is 100% in recruiting.

Its good to be the king

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TheBadOwl's picture

Not sure what you mean by "it cost him a long, lucrative career," I mean I understand that he hasn't lived up to the expectations that people had for him all those years ago, but he's still in the NBA.

By the end of this season, he will have made more than $7 million in his NBA career, which has spanned five years so far, plus he has a player option for next year at over one million, plus he's probably worth quite a bit more than that on the open market.

Byron Mullens gets some crap around here, but $7 million in five years is nothing to scoff at.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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BuckWylde's picture

I really don't think ANYBODY saw BJ Thrive in Thad's system.

BuckWylde

seafus26's picture

Thon Maker!! We need that kid. These are stop gaps until Thon's one and done college experience.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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ITWASME's picture

Daniel Giddens. Remember that name.

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seafus26's picture

I you tubed Giddens. Not bad. Where's he from? You tube Thon Maker. The kid is gonna be a star, already is as a sophmore. If NBA rules weren't what they are he'd forgo college.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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The Rill Dill's picture

College hell---he'd forgo high school.

seafus26's picture

I was going to say the same thing. I'm not a basketball guy but I've never seen anything like that kid.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

ITWASME's picture

He's from Georgia and he also has a 5 star teammate Jaylen Brown so hopefully we can all remember both of those names. I know Giddens is %100 crystal balled to us so hopefully that can help us pull Brown

ITWASME's picture

Also I know about Thon but I just wrote him off as Kentucky Duke Kansas kid

buckskin's picture

I saw Meyer and coach Matta talking with him at the spring game. You could tell the game atmosphere was making a huge impression.

CaliforniaBuckeye's picture

Wonder if Amir is motivated now or just thinking... "Now the coaches can get off my d*ck"

"The only way we'd get beaten was if we got a little fat-headed, if we didn't train right, if we had dissension on the squad." - Woody Hayes

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BuckWylde's picture

But maybe if the coaches did, he'd be stronger around the hole!

BuckWylde

ibuck's picture

Matta still needs another power forward.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

gumtape's picture

Fast is faster? Is that a northwestern joke?

High and tight boo boo

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thatlillefty's picture

Last east coat transfer worked out well. Ravs is a great follow on twitter.

KingsRite's picture

Nice!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

bucknut94's picture

Go Bucks!! great get. It is looking better all the time. I hope he gets a waiver. That would be sweet.

Shangheyed's picture

Would be nice to have a harolded Big Man Assistant coach in the mix...

markymark69's picture

Excited about this signing.  Thompson appears to be a kid with a high ceiling.  Can only get better.  Looking forward to the future of Ohio State basketball with Thompson being a solid contributor in that future.