Ohio State continues to solidify their future roster with the addition of Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson. Thompson was highly sought after when he decided to leave Blacksburg, and with his size and athleticism there was no surprise why. Thompson is 6’11″, 210 lbs. and will add some much needed size to a very thin Buckeye front court. Thompson averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds a game in his freshman year. Thompson’s transfer choices were down to three schools, Indiana, Purdue, and Ohio State, and today he decided on becoming a Buckeye.
While Thompson fills a need for the Buckeye’s in the front court, Thad Matta will have to wait until the 2015-16 season before he can utilize the young forward. Although Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com has reported that Thompson may request to waive his eligibility restriction:
Thompson likely will sit out next season at Ohio State, but there is a chance he could request a waiver from the NCAA — due to his father’s medical condition — to see if he could play in 2014-15.
If that is the case and the NCAA grants him eligibility this upcoming season, then Thompson will join a stellar freshman class coming into Ohio State next year. Thompson would be another piece to a Buckeye team that will have the potential to make a lot of noise next season.
The Buckeyes lost two key players this off-season in Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross, but the addition of transfer students Anthony Lee and Trevor Thompson coupled with one of the top recruiting classes makes the future look bright. Ohio State basketball seems to be on the rise again after a disappointing 2013-14 campaign and Buckeye fans have a lot to be excited about.