Report: Ohio State Junior Center Trevor Thompson to Forgo Final Season of Eligibility

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InTressITrust's picture

Does he have an agent or is he just testing the water like last year?

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Have heard he is not returning no matter what this time

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Good Luck big fella - overall I am not surprised

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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mh277907's picture

Europe should be fun. 

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

Ex-Buckeye Jordan Sibert is making $525,000 a year to play in Greece. 

I'd play in Europe, too, instead of going through another rebuilding year with OSU. 

You win with people. 

And so forth...

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jamesrbrown322's picture

$525k to live and play is n Greece ain't too shabby. I'd take that in a second.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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WPB-Buckeye's picture

Where do I sign up?

Go Bucks!

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BrutusB's picture

And since paying taxes is basically optional in Greece, that's all pocket money.

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LoufromOSU's picture

Plus a lot of the European teams will pay the American player's taxes and furnish them with living arrangements and automobiles.  Not a bad gig at all. 

"Great moments are born from great opportunities."  - Herb Brooks

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Dillon G's picture

I'd play in Zimbabwe for $525k.

#walkaway

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Zimmy07's picture

Make sure you check the exchange rate, though.  I'm a Trillionaire in Zimbabwe dollars (since discontinued).  I keep 10 Trillion in my wallet just in case someone implies that I'm not independently wealthy.

http://www.templetoncollectibles.com/product/10-trillion-zimbabwe-dollar...

- LOL, that site is selling it for twice what I paid.  Too bad mine is no longer mint condition.

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Dillon G's picture

I'd tell them KD if it was a choice.

#walkaway

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brunstar's picture

We're the Manchester United fan club.....from Ohio.

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TheShookster's picture

Good for him.

Last year I got downvoted for laughing when he put his name into the pool for an evaluation.

He was the one bright spot on the team this year. He really did improve and if he can learn to stay out of foul trouble I think he can catch on as a reserve somewhere in the NBA.

Good luck Trevor, thanks for actually caring last season!

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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brutus0717's picture

Definitely best of luck to TT, but being the bright on this team doesn't necssarily translate to a pro career.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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SM_Chi's picture

I felt that his body language and facial expressions throughout the latter half of the season indicated that he was fed up.

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Sevenandcounting's picture

Wouldn't you be too? It would be hard to take all the losing. I'll be shocked if he makes a team in the United States but if he can make more than an average college graduate per year playing basketball who are we to say this isn't a good move. 

Because I couldn't go for three...

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WPB-Buckeye's picture

Loving wasn't fed up.  He didn't care one way or the other as long as the post game meal was on time. I'm okay with someone being fed up with losing because most of your teammates didn't care.

Go Bucks!

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

Loving ...didn't care one way or the other as long as the post game meal was on time. 

Not sure exactly what Loving was eating, but from the looks of things, he wasn't hogging the steak.

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

Mostly, I think he was fed up because he got called for a foul every time he got within 2 feet of the ball.

Dakich and Reece were joking that Thompson had two fouls before the national anthem was finished.

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kevdale86's picture

I think he was fed up with the refs. He received more than his fair share of bogus foul calls from them. 

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Bucks19's picture

He should have been fed up with always being in foul trouble. That's on him. 

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BuckeyeFan3124's picture

I saw the same thing.  This team just didn't have any chemistry at all.  

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Barfolomew's picture

I think he's got NBA potential if he keeps improving and works on his discipline on defense to stay out of foul trouble. Whatever happens, good luck TT.

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

The amount of money some of these foreign leagues is paying is quite high.....he could go make some nice coin and set himself up for the rest of his life if he plays his cards right.  Good for him!  Best of luck you man.....

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tcm1968's picture

Best of luck Trevor wherever you land ( NBA, Overseas or D-League)..

and sadly you take this years squad and remove Loving and Thompson ( and potentially KBD depending on how his recovery goes).... and a 17 win season next year might be overachieving.... 

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Buckeyejohn's picture

Removing Loving should actually increase our odds of beating 17 wins next year. Thompson hurts though because now we don't have an enforcer under the rim. Hopefully the incoming Wesson will help with that  but never pin your hopes on freshmen. 

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GoNutz27's picture

As frustrating as Loving was to watch, at least he could score once in awhile.  Not sure where the offense is going to come from next year unless the Wesson's (too bad we don't have a good player with last name of Smith ) can pick up the slack.

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bsk33's picture

Even when Loving had good offensive games, he would score 21 and give up 22 on the defensive end.

The only consistent parts of Loving's game were bad defense and poor body language.

I play, coach stays. He goes, I go.

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IGotAWoody's picture

I know people like to give Loving grief, and most of it rightly so, but he actually played good D much of the time. He had his lapses, but he in no way was a defensive liability. And he is a consistent rebounder. He will be missed next year, to a certain extent, unless the current and new players all elevate their play.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Can only turn pro if a pro team will have you.   Good luck to the young man though, gonna be tough.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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LouBuck35's picture

Best of luck, hope he finds what he is looking for.  Also hope he finds a good trainer who can help him add some weight to his frame, since the strength stuff was unable to, or was incapable of doing so over multiple seasons.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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huntinwabbits's picture

Take this with a grain of salt as living out of state, I don't get to see as much Ohio State basketball as one would like (though the amount one would like is dwindling by the year). Not knowing much about the team and individual players in general, I am quite surprised we possess a player talented enough to make it to the NBA. D'Angelo Russell was the lone NBA player a couple years ago and he single handily took the team and made a good run in the tourney. And that was with just one NBA caliber player. I can't say the results I have seen the last couple years would have led me to believe we had someone ready for an NBA career at this point. Anyways, best of luck to you Trevor. 

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bucknutz18's picture

Can't fault the kid.  Might  not get drafted but can sign a contract overseas and make hundreds of thousands of dollars seeing the world and still potentially make the NBA after a couple seasons.  

Or he could stay and make an NIT run next year. /s

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LessScarletMoreGray's picture

This feels like more an indictment of the program than a good business decision. 

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12egulator's picture

Trevor turns 23 in June.  Given that most elite prospects are 19-20, Trevor simply cannot afford to wait any longer.  For someone desiring a future in professional basketball, it the ONLY business decision. 

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Bukirob's picture

What a rediculous line of thinking.   What does 23 vs 18/19 have ANYTHING to do with time running out?  Answer:Not a d@mn thing

Trevor isnt getting into the NBA.  He is at best a EURO player.  Hence leaving makes 0 sense as a purely business driven decision.  A big part of this is OSU and being around a program swirling the drain

You WIN with people.

 

 

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

What does 23 vs 18/19 have ANYTHING to do with time running out?

If he believes he's capable off playing in Europe NOW, he should get started NOW. Let's assume he can play in Europe until he's 30; starting now gives him one more year of earning $250,000+. 

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

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cdub4's picture

You make no sense Bukirob LOL. Money is money.

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BucksHave7's picture

B10 academics aren't for everyone.

BucksHave7

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brutus0717's picture

Are you his tutor or something? Keep the asshole comments to yourself.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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TLB's picture

All the luck to him.

Is there room for Lyle on that bus?

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IronPastor's picture

Good luck to TT...will miss his energy.  Now we will really need K Wesson to come in ready to play and for D Bell to have a really good offseason.

GEAUX BUCKEYES

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

While he might not make the NBA (if he is in fact NOT planning on returning)...

Playing in Europe is nothing to sneeze at:

Ex-Buckeye Jordan Sibert is making $525,000 to play in Greece. 

I'd play in Europe for that money too, instead of going through another rebuilding year with OSU...and what could be perhaps Thad Matta's last season. Wouldn't you?

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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Hovenaut's picture

Good luck, TT - appreciate your time in Columbus.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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BucksHave7's picture

I guess getting a college degree isn't even part of the equation anymore?

BucksHave7

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BrutusB's picture

He can always get it 10 years from now, post-playing career.

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seafus26's picture

If he can pay for it. Some of these foreign leagues pay after service and stifftheir players if they don't plan on keeping them

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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shawn kemps kids's picture

He just finished his 4th year in college. What makes you think he doesn't have his degree? 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Dude was by far the best all around player for the Bucks this year, so it stings quite a bit, but is not unexpected. Hopefully the young bigs can step it up next year. Who am I kidding, EVERYONE needs to step it up next year.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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seafus26's picture

You're right. And that's sad (not you being right but status of program)

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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Prickly_Pete's picture

Not only does the NBA offer money, he gets an extra foul each game! He might actually have a chance to play for than five minutes without being sent to the bench for a ticky-tack call. 

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BrutusB's picture

Unlike football, I've got no problems with guys leaving early for basketball.  You could get paid in any Euroleague or China or wherever else.  Good for him.

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Good luck to Trevor.  Showed significant improvement and solid game this year when not in foul trouble.  I'm sure he could catch on and make a good living in Europe.  Wish I could do the same lol.

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Neilwoodgables's picture

agreed 100%.    He would have been in position to have a big year next year if he improved as much as he did this year.  He was easily the most physically talented player on the team and will definitely be missed.

I Hate Michigan.

 

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seafus26's picture

To play in Europe?

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Why stay in an entirely negative situation. It's not going to get better. The same problems will still exist. Hopefully Thad Matta' s shopping network credit cards will be closer to paid off. If good basketball makes you happy, Gene Smith just stole a year from you.

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RB's picture

It's hard to pass on the limited edition Elvis Presley dinner ware set.  

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ZeroDimension's picture

Thanks TT.. enjoyed your improvement from last year to this year, and the effort you played with.   TT gave us what we wanted to see out of Amir...

One Shoe

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ITWASME's picture

I don't blame him he should have been the focal poin of this team this whole year the guy has talent.

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cledaybuck's picture

Its time to start recruiting guys that want to be at Ohio State, not guys that want to bail at the absolute first opportunity.

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Zimmy07's picture

A lot of positive comments on the thread.  That was not my first reaction but upon reflection I feel it is proper for me to wish Trevor the best of luck & thanks for the time as a Buckeye.

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Mgh11's picture

I agree. Best of luck.  However this does not bode well for next year.  They need the big and I am not sure Wesson is the immediate answer.  He could be in a couple of years just not sure about next year.  

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Potter could be that guy if he bulks up some and gets the meanness it takes to play in the middle. He should watch Cody Zeller film as that would be very helpful as to how a center should play. 

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RB's picture

I'm perplexed in the optimism some have in potter.  Funderburke also and especially Beverly.  That said, I think Trevor Thompson could turn into a first team all b10... oh wait, well shit.

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Nutty's picture

I have to agree. Potter is a turnstile on defense and not an offensive threat. Fans seem to like him so I hope they are right. I personally see nothing more than a role player with significant deficits. 

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

They need the big and I am not sure Wesson is the immediate answer.

Wesson lost fat/added muscle between his high school junior and senior seasons. He needs to continue that transformation this summer; lose 20 pounds of fat, add 10-15 pounds of muscle. He has some offensive skills, but unless he improves his agility, he's going to struggle to stay out of foul trouble.

Both Potter and Funderburk want to play the "stretch 4" position. Unless Bell is takes a significant step up, and gains Matta's trust, one of Potter or Funderburk is likely to play a lot minutes in the post.

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bucksfan92's picture

We can just go get another one like we got TT.  With the relaxed transfer rules and 5th year graduate guys allowed to transfer and play I am sure Thad will have plenty of options to fill that spot.

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

Dakich mentioned more than once how hard Trevor Thompson has worked to make himself a better player. I always felt that Thompson gave it all he had, although he sometimes he would get discouraged in games if he got off to a rough start.

Good luck, Mr. Thompson. Keep working hard, and hopefully the work will pay off well.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

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bsk33's picture

I agree that Trevor generally played hard. But his on court demeanor and body language was slightly better than Loving and Lyle, which means it was pretty terrible.

When I think of Trevor, the first word that comes to mind is 'mopey.' We are obviously going to miss his production though.

I play, coach stays. He goes, I go.

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BuckeyeFan3124's picture

Mopey is a perfect way to describe Trevor.  LOL.  

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BuckeyeBig2012's picture

I'm fine with this if he will graduate before he leaves. He's been out of high school for 5 years and it's time to try the next level. I don't think he's NBA ready right now but he can play somewhere and work on his game full time without worrying about school. 

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bucksfan92's picture

I'm curious why you are concerned about him graduating?  A college degree means literally nothing for a pro sports career.  If he can go make a million or 2 or 3 over the next 5-6 years I say screw the degree and go for it.  You can always go back and get that piece of paper.

If you are concerned about how it impacts OSU's APR that's a different story, but I am certain that the athletic department knows how to handle these situations.

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BuckeyeBig2012's picture

I'm concerned about him graduating because that's a big part of being a student-athlete. It's not just about sports. I'm also interested in him because he's been in school at Virginia Tech and Ohio State for 4 years. If's he planned it as a one and done, like D'Angelo, I wouldn't care as much. I just hope he put his 4 years of school to good use and will graduate or will be close to graduating. 

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bucksfan92's picture

I guess I just have a completely different opinion.  The sole purpose of going to college is to gain the necessary tools to advance in your chosen career field.  For most people that is a degree - literally the only reason I went to college was to get that piece of paper so I could get on with my life.  His chosen field doesn't require it, and he can make a lot of money doing that for a handful of years.  To me that is a very easy decision.  And if down the road, once he can no longer play basketball, if he were to decide he wanted to be an actuary or something like that, he can always go back and finish his degree.  If the company I was working for while I was going to OSU offered me a promotion with a signing bonus and a 6 figure salary, but only on the condition I drop out of school, you can bet I would have ditched classes that very day and focused on that job.  But my field wasn't like that, I knew the only way to advance was to just get that piece of paper, so I put in as little effort as possible to get it in the shortest amount of time that I could.

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buckeyeinWI's picture

Good luck Trevor!

15-1 is SWEET!

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bucksfan92's picture

If he does hire an agent and go pro I wish him well.  If he tests the waters like last year (which was very smart) and comes back, that's great too. I can't possibly see him being drafted this year, but as others have pointed out he can make well into 6 figures playing in Europe and if I had a chance to play ball and make that kind of money you can bet I would jump on it RFN.  A college degree isn't really that important in his chosen field, so go make all the money you can while you are young.  College will always be there for you to go back and finish that degree if you so choose.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Matta has to be thinking, "Awesome, I have my excuse now for next season."

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

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Birdman2's picture

Who told him THAT was a good idea?

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Traviscols's picture

He only averaged eleven points a game in a very weak conference this year.

His best bet is to stay in college another year.  If he does go pro, he will only play overseas.

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jpfbucks01's picture

BJ Mullens only scored 8 a game and was taken in the first round. Not saying that is going to be TTs future but competent big men tend to get the benefit of the doubt. I wish him well

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Crumb's picture

Can't blame him, best of luck young man! I think he was the brightest spot on the team this year. 

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DownEastBuck's picture

Living in AacC country and around two hours away from UNC, Duke, and NC State this is the only time of year I get shit over my OSU gear. I would like us to be competitive every year, are we going to be equal to UNC and Duke? No, but with the money Ohio State can pay a coach, pretty close to some of the best high school basketball in the country, the northeast, Indiana and pretty solid in state talent, they should not be sitting at home this time of year.

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buckjunky's picture

The most important thing is for OSU not to waste this gained scholarship on a mediocre player.  If they can't get a skilled B10 type player in this years recruiting class, they need to bank the scholarship.  Dead weight usually stays 4 years and gets a free education, and it is one less good player you can put on the floor.

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

Also: BJ Mullens now makes $1 million a year playing in Dubai. 

Sooooo... weather or not Trevor makes the NBA, he's gonna make great money. 

Again, one more year w/rebuilding and identity-less OSU or shot your shot? 

I would go pro.

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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