Thad Matta has already secured the commitment of one transfer, and another one might not be far behind.
Ohio State is still in the running for Virginia Tech-transfer Trevor Thompson. Today, Thompson named his final three choices in Purdue, Indiana and Ohio State. All of the choices reflect Thompson's desire to play closer to his hometown of Indianapolis.
Eleven Warriors' Mike Young had a great breakdown on what Thompson could bring to the Buckeyes:
"Coaches probably see potential, see that he still has three years of eligibility left," [Roanoke Times' Virginia Tech basketball beatwriter Mark] 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."
Unlike Lee, who will finish his undergrad at Temple, Thompson will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. When he is eligible in the 2015-16 season, Thompson will be 21 years old and only a sophomore. By that time, he should be able to provide meaningful minutes.
"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."
Sounds like Thompson could be a bit of a project, but Ohio State needs all the frontcourt help it can get — especially after next year.