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F DeShaun "The Diesel" Thomas (JSF Nanterre, France)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by wadc45, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    One other advantage of not leaving early? The degree. And if your path to the NBA isn't assured, that's a big advantage indeed.
  2. Colvinnl

    Colvinnl Freshman

    He can always come back and get his degree...or finish it in the summer.
  3. OH10

    OH10 *

    The degree will always be there for him. He has three years worth of college credit now. You can still get a degree at 40. You probably aren't playing ball at 40.

    And the thing about basketball is that the NBA is not the only avenue of decent salary for an American player. Jon Diebler made well over $100k in his first European contract. Casey Jacobsen (remember him from Stanford?) is making over $1 million/yr in Germany.

    DT is giving up money by staying, regardless of whether it's in the NBA.
  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    If he is going to be a 1st round draft pick with the guaranteed money,


    I'd advise him to go; if not what is his upside? I do think that he should be able to improve (somewhat) on his defense and shooting (percentage/consistency/shot selection); however, I have no idea what the "basketball experts" think his maximum potential is.

    If there are reasonable expectations for him to be able his improve his game with another year in school to be a 1st rounder (or lottery pick) it may be worth it to come back for another year?

    If not, he might as well "roll the dice" and take his chances this year.

    Whatever he decides I wish him well.

  5. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Degrees are so much harder to complete when you don't continue all the way through.

    Wish him well regardless of the decision, but if first round is unlikely, I think sticking around and finishing is a good idea.
  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator
  7. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Go Buckeyes!

    Deshaun wrote this to the Lantern (it's not about his future). Love this kid!!
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  8. matcar

    matcar Mostly banned

  9. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    How do I rep DeShaun?
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  10. You can just rep me for now. I'll figure out how to later.
  11. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Go Buckeyes!

    And some draft news.
  12. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    It's interesting to me that with some players, scouts seem myopic about their limitations and with others, they're myopic about perceived potential.

    DeShaun has demonstrated that he can score against anyone. His defensive "liabilities" have largely been overblown. As I said elsewhere, Thomas will make some GM look really, really smart whenever he ultimately is drafted.
  13. billmac91

    billmac91 Senior

    I agree. It isn't apples to apples, but if CJ Miles can stay in the league, I don't see any reason why DeShaun can't be a really good 7th-8th man to bring a scoring punch to the second unit.

    Especially in today's NBA when so many teams are utilizing a "small-ball" line-up due to the lack of quality centers. Any good coach/GM is going to recognize they can pick their spots with DeShaun based on the opponent they are playing, and steal minutes by cross matcing him against poor offensive players (either the SF/PF). DeShaun is absolutely the type of player that good GM's who consistently stay at the top of the league, swindle from the rest of the league. As Chad Ford gauges the temperature in regards to DeShaun, do you think Sam Presti is going to volunteer they'd love him at 29 or in the mid-second?

    I really hope he comes back, but those who say he doesn't gain much from it, I agree 100%. The kid is a fantastic scorer with limitations. The limitations he can work on, really aren't worth coming back for because they'll never be strong enough to move him up the board. This years draft is weak, next years is supposed to be loaded, and I really think whatever team takes him is going to realize quickly, this kid is going to be a great 7th - 8th guy off the bench where teams notoriously struggle with having enough scoring.
  14. NastyNatiBuck

    NastyNatiBuck Junior

    It's funny to think that if OSU had lost to Syracuse last year, DT would probably have left to be a first round pick. Everyone was infatuated with him after those 4 scintillating games in the tournament last year.
  15. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Go Buckeyes!

    The one thing that I didn't realize about DT is that he really has no handle whatsoever. He tried to push the ball up court twice against Wichita and it resulted in two turnovers, bad ones. Personally if I was an NBA GM I would not take him. If I was a college coach I take him every day of the week because he is a top 15 college player. He is strictly a catch and shoot player and a 35% 3pt catch and shoot player at that. Just doesn't translate to the NBA.

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