Trevor Thompson Talks Ohio State

By Kyle Rowland on April 8, 2014 at 8:48a

Seven-foot Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson's finalists include three Big Ten schools — Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State. 

The Indianapolis native averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds as a freshman for the Hokies. He must sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. 

Thompson will visit Ohio State this weekend. He told that his relationship with Thad Matta has the Buckeyes in good shape. 

"Ohio State because of the great relationship I got off from the jump with Thad Matta. I really love him as a coach and a mentor. Also with everything I just trust him, and Ohio State is a great program and kept in contact with me the most, and it's close to home."


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chili96's picture

sounds like we're getting a new 7-footer

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ibuck's picture

Counting chickens before hatching?

Still, we hope he does choose OSU.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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

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bergy22's picture

So as a freshman in limited minutes he had averages similar to Amir as a JR. Plus he has a redshirt year before he comes into the B1G. Low risk high reward. At worst he's Amir and provides depth, at best he's a major contributor with 3 years of eligibility.

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LouBuck35's picture

Exactly right.  Risk/Reward in this scenario is very favorable.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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Mortc15's picture

Couldn't agree more. After next year, Matta will have multiple scholarships free and if he's any better than Amir that will only be a positive. If he doesn't pan out, not much was lost.


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Buckeye06's picture

Amir gets more crap as an OSU player than anyone I can remember not named Ryan Hamby.  He is not what we thought he would be, but he has improved I think from his freshman year.  He will never have the hands of Shaq or the feet of Hakeem, and he is what he is, but there were brief glimpses this year of him taking over games (I remember one where he had like 6 points and 2 blocks within 3 minutes).

Do people not think Amir gets enough crap? 

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mh277907's picture

He definitely gets a lot of flack. That said, I don't think people badger him because of his skills. It's the effort that people can't stand. At times he plays like the McDonald's All-American that he was and other times (most of the time) he looks like he would much rather be doing something else. That is what is so frustrating and, honestly, it makes it hard to root for him at times.


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rosycheeks's picture

He gets an appropriate amount of crap. It's ok if he sucks, but it's not ok if he acts like he'd rather be napping.

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elffir's picture

"He is what he is" can be said about anybody.  He's not what we need him to be.  He may be a great guy but he occasionally dawdles down the court on defense, he too often can't handle interior passes, and he keeps bringing the damn ball down where the small guys steal it from him.  He doesn't appear to be strong enough or maybe tough enough to impose his will on the defenders.  So yeah, people complain.  It's not personal.

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Normal Buck's picture

To some degree, I think you put your finger on it right there -- 6 points, 2 blocks, within 3 minutes.  We've absolutely seen glimpses of the ability to dominate, but it has generally been a run of something like 2-3 trips up and down the floor, and then he disappears.  I think those who express frustration with Amir do so largely in part because from a distance, he often looks very timid and almost as if he doesn't want to be on the floor.  To me, I wonder if he's not the same player, mentally, as he was in that Final Four game against Syracuse his Freshman year - he played very well, but I always remember Craft getting in his ear after he missed a bunny and saying "You gotta dunk that *#!% Amir!"

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NitroBuck's picture

I agree, Amir gets more crap than he deserves.  No, he does not have the hands and offensive firepower of Sullinger, but he is a far better defender.  He has improved each year, and should continue to do so next year.  My observation from this past season is, defensively, we got pounded badly inside whenever he stepped off of the court.  This was especially true during the January slump, when McDonald was completely unable to keep up.  Another big man or two would have really helped this past season, both in terms of keeping people fresh and player development through competition for playing time.  

That said, the really glaring problem was poor outside shooting as a team. That was the root cause of probably 80% of the losses, and that problem had far more impact than any weaknesses in the paint.  Shoot, decent outside scoring would have opened up more opportunities for Amir inside.  It is tough to penetrate a packed in zone defense when they can get away with having no respect for the outside shooting.

Ferio.  Tego.

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Buckman's picture

I think Joe Bauserman gets the most crap.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


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bergy22's picture

You do make a point. But I don't rag on McDonald because although he isn't a very good player or hasn't developed he consistently shows effort. It takes absolutely zero talent to show effort. To me Id rather play without a center if that five show relentless effort. That's my knock on Amir. Yeah the bringing the ball below his chin for it to get stolen and the inability to score without having to take a dribble are frustrating but those are things I can deal with. Not playing hard is a different story.

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skid21's picture

but there were brief glimpses this year of him taking over games (I remember one where he had like 6 points and 2 blocks within 3 minutes).

And there are glimpses of a 5 looking like a 10 but she is really a 5. The fact is Amir is an average player at best. I don't like ragging on any OSU player but we won't win any championships because of Amir's contributions.

Seattle Linga's picture

Serious Question - Joining this story a little late - does anyone know why he is looking to transfer?

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buckeyeradar's picture

Good question.  I think he wants to be closer to home.  I don't know but he is looking at Purdue and Indiana as well.

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I actually just read about this from a VT blog: Thompson is originally from Indiana. I'm not sure how he ended up at VT, but he did. Well the VT coach was fired and they hired Buzz Williams (from Marquette). Williams and Thompson have a past from recruiting. A couple years back Williams said he thought Thompson was "soft", which Thompson and his dad took offense to. When Williams was announced as the HC at VT, Thompson was 50-50 about staying there until a team meeting with Williams. He had been thinking he wanted to move back closer to home anyway, but was willing to listen to what Williams had to say. But during the meeting, Thompson's cell-phone went off and Williams called him out in front of everyone and said he would give him a release to transfer right then and there. 

So it sounds like a combination of him wanting to be closer to home and not wanting to play for Buzz Williams.


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TheShookster's picture

Good find! 

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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Go1Bucks's picture

Sounds like williams still holding a grudge. Looking to dump a good player over hurt feelings. Our benefit. Doesnt sound like he wanted to go to IU or PU anyway. Looks like a great shot he comes here. 

Go Bucks!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks guys for the follow up - I appreciate the details!!!!!!!

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Anthony Lee doing a little recruiting for OSU:

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buckeyeboy31's picture

Ink's probably not even dry on his scholarship signature and ol boy's already recruiting, gotta love that!!!

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

I love Anthony Lee already!

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DoubleB's picture

Sign him up!


pdan46's picture

Thompson sounds very positive about becoming a Buckeye, and I hope he does!  But, I also want Giddens, Bragg and a number of really solid Ohio players like Ahrens.  We also need to hang on to Mitchell.

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2002osubuck's picture

Man I really like the sound of that. With lee playing next year, we'll be in good shape inside for the next 3-4 years.

Buck Commander's picture

Woo Hoo lookin good For us.

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

steveinkc's picture

I don't  hate AMIR, HE seems like a nice kid!! but he is so hard to watch play because he shows no emotion, joy, anger, excitement??? NOTHING!! ZOMBIE-LIKE...WALKING WITH THE DEAD!! if you don't like playing them go somewhere else! we can use the scholarship. find something you enjoy and get involved in that.....


BeijingBucks's picture

Zombies just get no love...

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

kareemabduljacobb's picture

A lil off topic, but was just looking at ESPN's final 100 they released and Tate got bumped up to a 5* giving us three players ranked as such by ESPN.  If we can land Turner, this class would be pretty nasty as would our team next season.

rightfield's picture

Thompson got a lot of love from Thad, Urban and Braxton before the Spring Game. Hope that means "Signed,Sealed and Delivered".


Its good to be the king