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1 - DeShaun Thomas

Ohio State 

  • Birthday: 8/28/91
  • NBA Position: SF/PF
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-6
  • Wt: 220
  • Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School: Bishop Luers
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Overall

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2013
Mock:  58

NBA Comparison: Ryan Gomes

Strengths: Combo forward with an absolute knack for scoring ... Experience. Had an excellent 3 year college career for the Buckeyes ... Has a diverse arsenal of offensive skills that make him a natural scorer ... Uses his big frame to back down smaller defenders ... Good face-up game ... Solid 3pt. shooter (34% in '12-'13) who can space the floor as a "stretch" forward ... Finds unconventional ways to score around the rim ... Comfortable on offense playing either forward position ... Gets numerous open looks off of screens ... Good at finding (and making) open threes in transition ... Effective on the catch-and-shoot ... Adept at getting off shots without a great deal of space ... Works well with his teammates and should adapt to his NBA team's offense with ease ... One-handed floater is consistent ... Solid offensive rebounder, skilled at getting tip-ins off of missed shots ... Great combination of aggressive play and efficiency ... Good free-throw shooter, especially for his size (83%) ... Incredible consistency on offense, as he scored at least 14 points in all but one game last season ... Thomas' left-handedness adds a unique aspect to his game ...

Weaknesses: Tweener. What was versatility in college translates to lack of a true position in the NBA ... Defense is extremely suspect. Lacks flexibility. Stiff body and ankles. Lacks lateral speed ... Finding a place for him on defense will be difficult as his lack of quickness and foot speed will make it tough for him to stay in front of NBA SF's, and his lack of size will make it difficult to guard NBA PF's ... Lack of foot speed will also affect his offensive effectiveness off the dribble ... His rebounding rate was somewhat lacking in college, especially compared to other college PF's ... Much of his offense inside the 3pt. line is predicated on overpowering the weaker defenders he was matched up with in college, which will limit his productivity in the NBA ... Doesn't have the quickness to get past most NBA defenders ... Underwhelming athleticism ... Though his big frame can be advantageous, it can also limit him in some ways...

Overall: Thomas is a versatile offensive talent who can score in a variety of ways, but his unconventional body type and lack of outstanding athleticism could potentially limit him on offense and be a liability on defense...

Notes: Made 1st-team All-Big Ten this season ... 3rd-team All-American this season ... Measured 6'7 (in shoes) 221 lbs, with a 6'9 wingspan at the 2012 Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy

Jacob Stallard 4/28/13

June 9, 2013

YouTube Clip - 6/5/2009

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