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Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas entering 2013 NBA Draft

By Dan Kadar Published: April 5, 2013
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Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas celebrates a field goal against Arizona during the second half of a West Regional semifinal in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

As expected, Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas is entering the 2013 NBA Draft, according to a press release from the school.

If Thomas didn't sign with an agent, he has until April 28 to change his mind.

"My three years at Ohio State have been the best years of my life," Thomas said in the release. "I have grown tremendously as an individual and as a basketball player. I intend to return to finish my degree, but I believe that now is the best opportunity to pursue my dream and begin my career as a professional basketball player. I will always be a Buckeye and am blessed to be a part of the Ohio State University family."

As a junior, Thomas had a .445 field goal percentage, scoring 19.8 points per game to go along with 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest.

He led Ohio State to a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before the Buckeyes were defeated by Wichita State. Ohio State made the NCAA Tournament each of Thomas' three seasons. 

As a junior, Thomas was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.

NBA Draft website draftexpress.com has Thomas rated as the 57th overall player eligible for the draft.

"To see Deshaun grow into the man he has become has been amazing," OSU head coach Thad Matta said in a release. "His accomplishments on the floor speak for themselves but I am just as proud of him and what he has done off the floor. We recruited him offering the opportunity to grow as a person and player and that is exactly what happened. I know there is much more in-store for him in the future and I am proud to have been able to coach him."

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