When Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas announced that he was returning for his junior season, Buckeyes fans breathed a collective sigh of relief.
The departures of William Buford and Jared Sullinger created two significant holes to fill in OSU's starting lineup. If Thomas would have left too, Thad Matta would have had to replace nearly 48 points and 20 rebounds per game.
But since Thomas decided to come back to Columbus for his third year on campus, Matta has a proven scorer to build around in the 2012-13 season.
If Ohio State is going to challenge for the Big Ten title and make a deep run in the next NCAA tournament, here are four places Deshaun Thomas needs to step up in 2012-13 to become a star.