Ohio State junior center Trevor Thompson will declare for the upcoming NBA draft, per a report that came out three days after the Buckeyes' opening-round loss to Rutgers in the Big Ten tournament.
Kyle Neddenriep, a high school sports reporter for the Indianapolis Star, was told of Thompson's future plans.
Thompson, who played high school ball for Ben Davis in Indy, was noncommittal about his future immediately following the defeat to Rutgers in the conference tourney.
"I’m not really sure right now," Thompson said Wednesday night when asked if he would be back for the 2017-18 season. "I’m just frustrated right now, that’s what I’m focusing on (the loss). Time will tell, I guess.”
Later in the interview, Thompson (7-0, 250) was asked what the team needs to improve upon heading into next year's campaign.
“I feel like everybody needs to just work on their skill and everybody be a gym rat," he said. "I think the team coming back next year has some good pieces, and I think they’ll do pretty good.”
Following his sophomore season, Thompson took advantage of the NCAA rule that allows underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft but maintain their collegiate eligibility. Neddenriep did not specify if Thompson will just test the waters again or if he intends to forgo his senior campaign.
Thompson averaged 10.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this past season for the Buckeyes.
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