DeShaun Thomas says he’s sticking with Ohio State

  • 04/14/2009 12:00 pm in

In an interview with Michael Rothstein of The Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette, Bishop Luers junior and Ohio State commit DeShaun Thomas says he’ll honor his commitment and play for the Buckeyes. This, according to Thomas, is despite pressure from teachers, friends, strangers and students to attend IU:

“It’s an every-day thing. It’s ‘Are you going to transfer? Are you going to go to IU? Why Ohio State?’ I told everybody it’s what’s best for me. It’s a lot of pressure, but I stay in my books, not worry about it too much. I’m only a junior, I got one more year and then just worry about it next year.”

Call me a blind optimist or call me crazy, but I still refuse to count Tom Crean out of this race. Thomas made his commitment to Ohio State long before Crean arrived in Bloomington and the 2010-2011 season should be big for the program. The practice facility will have opened and the Hoosiers should be in the thick of the Big Ten race. In other words, like Crean told Marquis Teague, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that kind of environment?

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  • indiana52

    If he makes it clear that O$U is a firm commitment leave him alone and move on. If like Gordon he shows interest in IU then let him make the 1st move.

  • CraiginOR

    jody demling reports…There are 17 players among the top 600 listed that have already made commitments, including No. 47 Matt Carlino of Highland (Ariz.) Gilbert who is headed to Indiana.

    Indianapolis Lawrence North forward Ryan Taylor checks in at No. 65 and teammate Michael Chandler is ranked No. 93. Both are committed to Louisville.

    Clark County's Vinny Zollo, who is still committed to Kentucky, is ranked at No. 268.

    Other players from Indiana ranked: Indianapolis Pike guard Marquis Teague at No. 15, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers guard Evan Blackmon at No. 90, Terre Haute North forward Justin Gant at No. 104, Gary Wallace forward Brandon Dawson at No. 118, Indianapolis Pike forward Chandler Thomas at No. 121, Indianapolis Howe point guard P.J. Boutte at No. 131, Muncie Central guard Jeremiah Davis at No. 139, Washington forward Cody Zeller at No. 154, Rensselaer Central center Ben Davisson at No. 181, Indianapolis North Central center Isaiah Hill at No. 196, Bloomington South guard Spencer Turner at No. 310 and Jeffersonville's Evan Maschmeyer at No. 432.

    anyone have have any news on any of these hoosier kids? Thanks to ITH for making me a better fan.

  • Kelin Blab

    CraiginOR-
    I will do my best….

    Chandler Thomas, was teagues teammate til he quit before sectionals. Supposedly heading to Cathedral. Not good enough for IU

    PJ Boutte is teagues aau teammate, not on IU's radar, but lower D1

    Jeremiah Davis is a frosh IU is recruiting, I have heard he is solid but I rather have D.Davis from South…

    Cody Zeller is being recruited by IU…we are 0-2 on Zellers, maybe this one will pan out……I think there is one more…

    Isaih Hill is NOT at north central. 6'9 project, didn't play much at Howe this year, teammates of PJ Boutee

    Spencer Turner, Hulls teammate, helluva shooter, IU is recruiting him, hope they land him……

  • Scott W

    Thomas knows if he goes to I.U. he would have to attend classes, something he wouldn't offen do at O$U. He just an one and done player anyway.

  • Kelin Blab

    One and Done……….I have seen a few of these kids play, like Thomas and Fergunson, GREAT players but I don' think they are one and done guys…maybe two years tops but I don't think they are one and done guys…just my opinion

  • BFowler

    This does sound eerily similar to an Indiana Mr. Basketball who recently was committed to Illinois (verbally), then showed up at Midnight Madness, then donned the Cream and Crimson.

    I have to say I have heard of this kid since he was in eighth grade and he seems like a great player. I have not heard much about his academic prowess, but what I have heard is not very impressive. Of course, when the time comes, these kids always seem to make it one way or another.

    As far as a one and done, what I have heard of this kid is that he plays inside quite a bit and would need to improve his consistency shooting the outside shot to be on the next level. Again, I have not seen him play, just things I have heard. But, he seems very athletic and a very tough match-up. I would not be upset to root for the kid for a couple of years, but I wouldn't mind rooting for Harrison Barnes out of Iowa either.

  • mitch_s

    In reply to Scott W:

    As a coach of Thomas, I take extreme exception to your comments. Do you know Deshaun? Do you have any idea of his makeup or attitude? Deshaun has worked extremely hard at Bishop Luers whose academic standards and grading scale are much tougher than the local public school system. You can check the state of Indiana website to verify that. The school also ranks in the top percentile and has received an exemplary status ranking.

    Prior to the start of this season, a national magazine asked Thomas what his remaining goals for high school were. I do not remember the exact writers quote word for word, but it was something like this. Expecting him to answer, win another state title, be named Mr. Basketball, or make the all state team, he surprised me by answering my question with a single word, “graduate”.

    Thomas gets it. He was proud that he just missed making the honor roll. Again, his percentages would have made the honor roll in the public school system grading scale. He is proud when he gets a good test score. He gets it.

    As I am guessing you are an adult, you should be ashamed to make a comment like that about a kid you know nothing about that is trying very hard to make it in the classroom and on the court. Deshaun has even been writing a weekly article for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette since December to further enhance his writing skills. Not only that, he enjoys it!

  • Ryan_T

    welcome to the internets.

  • pacino

    I have cousins that go to Luers. I also know many people that go there. They all say he is a great kid but when it comes to the books VERY I MEAN VERY SLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kelin Blab

    One thing I know, kids and those around them very well read many of these blogs and websites. It is rare …..very rare you see anything personal against a kid on ITH but it does go to show you how, in some small way we as fans play a role in what these kids think…….

    I don't know Deshaun Thomas, outside of basketball, so I would only comment on his basketball skills and leave everything else alone. To be completely honest….most of us really don't care how any of the kids do in class…if Thomas held a press conference tomorrow saying he is coming to IU…99% of us would love it and not question his grades.

    Sure we want good kids and want them to graduate for certain but we also want the states best in Cream and Crimson…..it all balances out….

    I trust Crean to make the right decisions ….unlike denim shirt!

  • B-rad

    Cody is the last of the Zeller's and have seen him play ever since he was in 7th grade. Everyone said that he will be the best but as far as I can tell he will break the Zeller record of winning Mr. Basketball. Luke was so much better then Cody is right now and Tyler didn't really get it going until his Junior year, so as far as him being in the Cream and Crimson jersey someday, be careful what you wish for.

  • StuHoo

    Inside The Hall is the pre-eminent IU BBall website, and Kelin Blab is one of the reasons why. Perfectly stated.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think Thomas was tabbed too soon as the next lebron, don't see that at all…….I blame the internet and the 'rankings' people for that one….just like the publication that ranked at kid the best 5th grader in the country and a few years later, the kid didn't grow much more but is not the best in his class………..

  • JerryCT

    I guess today is the first day of spring signing. I did not expect any new additions for 2009 but I wonder what coach's goal is for 2010 and beyond in terms of numbers.

    His track record shows a high incidence of graduation and 4 year players. This means more players in every class may stay longer at IU than at other schools like say, Memphis, OSU.

    If true, that he expects each player to stick it out lets say an avg 3.2 years , then does this mean smaller class sizes each year on the order of 3 recruits per year. If so how much recruiting can we actually do in the next 2 years given our 2008 and 2009 class sizes ?

    Anybody have a handle on this ?

  • pacino

    I have cousins that go to Luers. I also know many people that go there. They all say he is a great kid but when it comes to the books VERY I MEAN VERY SLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tg1438

    CraiginOR,

    I'll also try to help fill you in on some of the potential recruits. I agree w/ Kelin, Boutte is not good enough to play at IU, but can play at a smaller DI.

    Hill didn't show me much. Very slow offensively and defensively.

    Turner can really light it up, and with lots of range!

    DDavis is solid, maybe a bit small right now, but he's young.

    Teague is smooth. Very talented.

    As far as Thomas goes I'm going to have to agree with a few of you. If he decides to pursue IU then I'm all for it, but otherwise let him be. He is extremely tough around the basket (could use his right hand a bit more), and has a nose for the ball. Definately needs to develop an outside game or at least work on using the bounce to get to the rim. As far as the academics and the character ideas, we should probably leave that up to people who know him a bit more than watching him play basketball. Since those people have actually interacted with the kid.

  • Kelin Blab

    One thing I know, kids and those around them very well read many of these blogs and websites. It is rare …..very rare you see anything personal against a kid on ITH but it does go to show you how, in some small way we as fans play a role in what these kids think…….

    I don't know Deshaun Thomas, outside of basketball, so I would only comment on his basketball skills and leave everything else alone. To be completely honest….most of us really don't care how any of the kids do in class…if Thomas held a press conference tomorrow saying he is coming to IU…99% of us would love it and not question his grades.

    Sure we want good kids and want them to graduate for certain but we also want the states best in Cream and Crimson…..it all balances out….

    I trust Crean to make the right decisions ….unlike denim shirt!

  • hoosierfaithful

    Cody is the last of the Zeller's and have seen him play ever since he was in 7th grade. Everyone said that he will be the best but as far as I can tell he will break the Zeller record of winning Mr. Basketball. Luke was so much better then Cody is right now and Tyler didn't really get it going until his Junior year, so as far as him being in the Cream and Crimson jersey someday, be careful what you wish for.

  • StuHoo

    Inside The Hall is the pre-eminent IU BBall website, and Kelin Blab is one of the reasons why. Perfectly stated.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think Thomas was tabbed too soon as the next lebron, don't see that at all…….I blame the internet and the 'rankings' people for that one….just like the publication that ranked at kid the best 5th grader in the country and a few years later, the kid didn't grow much more but is not the best in his class………..

  • JerryCT

    I guess today is the first day of spring signing. I did not expect any new additions for 2009 but I wonder what coach's goal is for 2010 and beyond in terms of numbers.

    His track record shows a high incidence of graduation and 4 year players. This means more players in every class may stay longer at IU than at other schools like say, Memphis, OSU.

    If true, that he expects each player to stick it out lets say an avg 3.2 years , then does this mean smaller class sizes each year on the order of 3 recruits per year. If so how much recruiting can we actually do in the next 2 years given our 2008 and 2009 class sizes ?

    Anybody have a handle on this ?