Ohio State basketball player Deshaun Thomas was decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2013 NBA draft.
The announcement came from OSU Friday.
"My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life,” Thomas said, according to an OSU news release. “I have grown tremendously as an individual and as a basketball player. I intend to return to finish my degree, but I believe that now is the best opportunity to pursue my dream and begin my career as a professional basketball player. I will always be a Buckeye and am blessed to be a part of the Ohio State University family."
Thomas was the Big Ten lead scorer his junior season with 19.8 points per game. He scored a total of 733 points last season, the third most in OSU history.
“To see Deshaun grow into the man he has become has been amazing,” said Buckeyes coach Thad Matta. “His accomplishments on the floor speak for themselves, but I am just as proud of him and what he has done off the floor.
Thomas appeared in 113 games with OSU, and started in 76 of those.
The announcement comes roughly a week after the Elite Eight game in the 2013 NCAA tournament where the Buckeyes lost to Wichita State, 66-70.
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