The 2013-14 Ohio State Buckeyes are going to take some getting used to.
Anytime you tuned in to watch Ohio State this past season, there were two guarantees to what you were about to witness: Aaron Craft’s cheeks would be rosy within the first 20 minutes, and Deshaun Thomas was going to shoot. A lot.
Thomas wasn’t a chucker in the way that Russ Smith or Marshall Henderson chucked. His chucking was out of necessity. After losing Jared Sullinger and William Buford from a Final Four team, Thad Matta really didn’t have any other choice than to funnel the offense to Thomas and hope he could score enough to make the fact that the Buckeyes really didn’t have any other proven scorers a moot point.
Luckily for Matta, that worked. Thomas was born with a gift for getting up shots. As a freshman, he played only 14 minutes per game and found a way to get up 5.9 shots per game. Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game in 2012-13, but that hardly speaks to his consistency….
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