For the first time in years, the Ohio State men’s basketball team won’t be starting the season with a dynamic player that is a sure-fire first-round pick.
There will be no Evan Turner or Jared Sullinger for Thad Matta to fall back on when a critical basket is needed.
However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a sure-fire first-round pick for the Buckeyes after the 2012-13 season comes to an end.
In fact, if Deshaun Thomas continues to play like he did in the NCAA tournament (outside of the Kansas game), NBA scouts will be lining up outside the Schottenstein Center doors in Columbus.
Moreover, if Thomas fills the role of go-to scorer for Ohio State as effectively as he is capable of, there is a chance he can win Big Ten (or even national) Player of the Year.
Here are four specific reasons why.