After another strong run in the NCAA Tournament, the question on everyone’s mind is, “What’s next for the Buckeyes?” Simple enough question… unfortunately, there is one HUGE question mark that will determine if Ohio State is a contender or pretender next season; Will Deshaun Thomas return to OSU next season or make the jump to the NBA??? Losing Thomas means the Buckeyes lose their leading scorer AND rebounder. This will leave a huge hole on a roster that already struggles on the offensive side of the court.
Can Thad woo Thomas back for one more magical run??? Will Thomas decide to take his talents to the NBA level???
According to DraftExpress.com, Deshaun is currently ranked as the 51st pick in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. If this is true, I don’t see Thomas leaving early as most 2nd round draft picks start out in the D-League. Will he be enticed to go though after the gruesome, freak injury that occurred to Kevin Ware over the weekend? If Thomas does leave, who is left to carry the offense?
Here are the projected returning players for the 2013-14 Ohio State Buckeyes:
Aaron Craft 10PTS/GM, 4AST/GM
Lenzelle Smith, Jr. 9.2PTS/GM
LaQuinton Ross 8.3PTS/GM
Sam Thompson 7.8PTS/GM
Evan Ravenel 4.9PTS/GM
Shannon Scott 4.9PTS/GM
Amir Williams 3.5PTS/GM
Amedeo Della Valle1 2.5PTS/GM
Trey McDonald 1.3PTS/GM
Jake Lorbach 0.7PTS/GM
Alex Rogers 0.2PTS/GM
Looking at this… where is the scoring going to come from? The Buckeyes do have two fabulous incoming recruits coming in next year… 6’3 Guard – Kameron Williams and 6’7 Forward – Marc Loving. Both have the potential to be elite scorers, averaging over 20 PTS/GM this past year for their AAU/High School teams. Is the Buckeye Nation confident that a Aaron Craft led offense fueled by two freshmen can lead them back to the Elite Eight? My guess is, no.
So many questions surround a significant part of this Buckeyes Elite Eight team… if Deshaun decides to come back, the Buckeyes will be a instant favorite – if not, an uphill climb awaits.