Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson commits to Ohio State

  • 04/13/2014 5:05 pm in

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson will play in the Big Ten next season as the former Hokie center picked Ohio State over his two other finalists, Indiana and Purdue.

“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye,” Thompson said Sunday on his Twitter account.

The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Thompson, who averaged five points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman in Blacksburg, committed to the Buckeyes on an official visit to Columbus that concluded today.

The 7-foot, 220 pound big man will be eligible beginning with the 2015-2016 season unless the NCAA grants him a waiver to play immediately.

Prior to the Ohio State visit, Thompson’s father Ryan, a former MLB outfielder, broke down the most important factors in his son’s decision in an interview with Inside the Hall.

“I told Tom Crean, Matt Painter and Thad Matta, it’s going to come down to how convincing they are as head coaches in getting Trevor to believe that this is the right system that he needs to play in,” Ryan Thompson said. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be the head coach that has an integral part in that process.”

Thompson had planned to take official visits to Bloomington and West Lafayette, but ultimately decided to end the process after his trip to Ohio State.

(Photo credit: HokieSports.com)

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  • Alford Bailey

    Right. 2015 is make or break.

  • OhioHoosier

    Alford, I am interested to hear what we should be jealous about in general compared to osu. If you are talking about recent oncourt success, I can understand your point. Other than that, as someone very familiar with the university, I cannot.

  • Gregory Spera

    “…but it really came down to the COACH for me,” Lee said. “It wasn’t really about facilities or the campus, it was about how the COACH was going to get me to the next level and help me become the best player I can be in a year.”

    “…it’s going to come down to how convincing they are as HEAD COACHES in getting Trevor to believe that this is the right system that he needs to play in,” Ryan Thompson said. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be the HEAD COACH that has an integral part in that process.”

    ‘Nough said.

  • Alford Bailey

    Spent alot of time in Columbus too. OSU athletics pretty much across the board are much better that IU. I think many fans are jealous of Matta’s success but no need to be. Its time to demand better from IU basketball IMO.

  • calbert40

    That’s a nice thing to say, but when a recruit takes one visit and commits, it rings hallow to me. But look, Matta is a good coach, and a worthy competitor in recruiting battles. They have a good program with nice facilities. I can understand why a player would like to play there.

    Personally, I’m not to broken up about either Lee or Thompson. They would have been nice to have, but Lee is a one year player, and Thompson doesn’t help until next year. Neither are program changers, but they are solid pieces that would be nice to have. Basically, I don’t think we should overstate the importance of either of them, but at the same time we shouldn’t act as though we don’t care that they went to OSU. We’ll be okay without them, though.

  • Alford Bailey

    I prefer small town too but I’m not a recruit. I just spent the weekend at an AAU tourney on a major inter city college campus.The campus was ugly. I didnt like it but there was a ton to do and a lot of excitement close by. That’s what many kids want these days.

  • LiveIUBBall

    I loved every second of my “dreary” IU winters. I definitely wouldn’t call them boring. You’re in the Midwest either way. It’s going to be cold. Assembly Hall is constantly named by announcers as their favorite place to watch/call a basketball game. Opponents constantly name it as the toughest place to play. Cook Hall, (connected to The Hall) has state of the art facilities available 24 hours a day. Totally agree we need to get them to IU first.

  • Alford Bailey

    So what your sayin is…… nope I’m not gonna say it.

  • Gregory Spera

    Exactly.

  • Alford Bailey

    Why all the hate towards Matta?? The guy doesn’t have to LIE about ANYTHING! All he has to say is we complete for B1G champs every year, we compete for B1G tourney champs every year , we got to the NCAA every year and we occasionaly go to a Final Four. Now, if you are a recruit put that up against IU the past 15 years. NO FREAKIN COMPARISON!! That’s why we lose to Thad, bottom line.

  • ForeverIU

    I thought about something like the “corporate dinosaur” analogy, but it is too much like an abandoned carcass to me, doesn’t give me much hope. I would rather think of us as having downsized and regrouped, and are ready to make some noise with a bunch of guys with spirit and who want to win. Cody came to IU to help us build. Victor didn’t give a damn what people said; he knew that IU would absorb whatever he was willing to give. In the end James Blackmon chose Hoosier love. Robert Johnson … where do you find a more passionate kid than that, and Max, you should read his tweets, the kid is counting the days. These are the kids we need. I could say the same about all of those who have remained with us.

  • ForeverIU

    Love your enemy, but don’t hate yourself.

  • Outoftheloop

    If you exclude football and men and women’s basketball you will see IU sports way ahead of OSU in the B1G.

  • JacksonCounty

    How many games did Lyles play? How many for Jurkin? How many for Fischer? So we are back to Zeller–very solid but only available for two seasons. Vonleah–very solid but one and done. Hanner Perea is a developmental project who will provide some service to which everyone is grateful. So basically my original premise still holds even if I grant you that H.P. is a solid front court player, and this season will reveal whether or not that scholarship was a wise investment or not. So, again, not much recruitment and developmental depth for a front court over the last six seasons. Not the kind of results that Indiana fans like us should be hoping for. And if Crean’s system isn’t helping the recruiting and developmental process; why isn’t he adjusting his system to change the pattern of results? Let’s be honest. If Indiana has another very rough outing in 2014-2015 and there doesn’t look like there is still much in the recruiting pipeline, then fans have a right to expect a change in leadership. Fans invest in the program–time and money and like any investment, you expect a consistent return on your investment. Big money should yield excellent returns. Seven seasons should be long enough time line to evaluate this staff’s long term potential. I admit I am not optimistic. I truly wish the outcome was different, but the status quo doesn’t pass the eye test for excellence. I am sad about that as I do not wish for anyone to fail–I truly don’t.

  • Ole Man

    Lee would have helped us this year. Sorry, but I did want him.

  • SCHoosier

    That’s my biggest issue…can’t even get the kid on campus. Of course..if I’m Matta I tell Trevor…you come here..sit out a year..play daily against Williams and Lee..develop physically..next year they are both gone and you are the go to man..All-Big ten and in the pros in two years. .What’s TC’s best scenario? Doesn’t compare.

  • Alford Bailey

    What about hockey?

  • MillaRed

    Not sure either SC. But there are 3 million reasons he should be able to to do it. Annually.

    He and Matta are both at 3.2.

  • OhioHoosier

    That is just ignorance.

  • OhioHoosier

    We finished second in the nation in overall men’s athletics last year.

  • calbert40

    I know Lee would have played immediately, and I wouldn’t have been upset in the slightest if he chose to play at IU. The point for me is that either Lee or Thompson were band-aids. Lee only helps for one season, and Thompson doesn’t help until the season after next.

    I’d rather use scholarships on four year players instead of transfers. JMO

  • Ole Man

    Lee could have helped us next year without wasting a 2015 scholly.
    There’s no help out there now worth a four year commitment.

  • calbert40

    I will politely disagree with that statement. There aren’t a ton of players out there right now, but there are a few that I’d be happy to have.

  • Ole Man

    “Warmed leftovers” are out there now.
    Let’s here some names.

  • calbert40

    There is an entire article devoted to some of the names on ITH already. I’m not suggesting that there are 4 and 5 star players out there who will start from day 1 and average a double double. There are some rotational players out there.

  • Chris Cleveland

    Hey Calbert, would you please coach the IU Hoosiers for us. If you coach like you played, we are rocking again.