Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas (1) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

Ohio State Buckeyes: Projecting DeShaun Thomas' 2012-2013 Stats

Normally, this time of year is considered recruiting time, but since the Ohio State Buckeyes only have one three-star recruit committed to the team for next season, we’ll have to hope for their current players to step up even more. And with Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon transferring out, the OSU core will have a lot of slack to pick up.

The first of those core players is Buckeye stud, F DeShaun Thomas.

Essentially Jared Sullinger’s “robin,” Thomas posted the second-best all-around stats on the team, averaging 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. But with Sully headed to the NBA, and his road dog, William Buford, following suit, the bulk of the load is going to go onto Thomas’ shoulders.

In likely his final year in scarlet and gray, DeShaun Thomas will assume the role of OSU’s new go-to guy, and his stats will reflect it. His percentage from three will increase, and though his field goal percentage will dwindle some, his all-around production (points, rebounds, and blocks) will skyrocket.

DeShaun Thomas’ Projected 2012-2013 Stats: 32.4 MPG, 18.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.1 STLPG, 0.8 BLKPG, .491 FG%, .365 3-PT%, .808 FT%

While Thomas’ increased play will help the Buckeyes return to the Tournament next season, both Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. will need to step their games up as well. But if they can all, as a collective group, take their games to the next level, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be poised for yet another deep Men’s Tournament run.

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