Thomas Ready To Work

The recruitment of DeShaun Thomas has been a source of concern for Ohio State fans for some time now, but that has not diverted his focus away from his passion to improve on the basketball court. Get Thomas' thoughts on the Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers as well as his summer plans and goals in this update.

DeShaun Thomas has experienced a lot in his young basketball career. As a junior, the five-star power forward from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers led his team to a state championship and in the process put himself in position to challenge for the state scoring record during his senior season.

But for all that the Ohio State verbal commitment has accomplished, Thomas still wants more.

"I just want to improve on little things," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I want to get more explosiveness and become more of a leader out there, knowing the spots and knowing all the little things on the court."

During the March 28 state title game held at Conseco Fieldhouse, Thomas poured in 34 points and 15 rebounds in his team's victory while earning most valuable player honors. His performance pushed his single-season scoring total up to 2,254 points and puts him 881 points shy of the state career scoring record.

He is already the most prolific scorer in school, county and northeast state history and No. 10 in state history.

Thomas has increased his scoring totals each season. After scoring 666 points as a freshman, he upped that to 771 as a sophomore while helping the Knights win their first-ever state title. This year, his 817 points fell one short of being the 25th-most prolific single-season output in state history.

To get there, Thomas will have to have his most prolific season ever – and he is looking forward to the challenge.

"Oh yeah, if I put it all together the sky is the limit for that," he said. "(The season) was a lot of hard work and something you get from working in the gym and staying focused and being out there on the court."

As for cutting down the nets on the home court for the NBA's Pacers, Thomas said, "It felt great to put Luers back on the map and keep our composure until we could celebrate. I feel like my dreams are coming true now. It just felt great to cut down those nets."

Thomas was not the only OSU pledge to win a state title, as Columbus Northland's Jared Sullinger defeated Cincinnati Princeton's Jordan Sibert the same night one state away. But whereas Sullinger and Sibert immediately embarked upon their AAU seasons, Thomas said that is not really the case for him this time around.

"Mostly I've started working out and I'm going to the LeBron James camp and the Vince Carter camp, working on my game," he said. "I'm not doing too much of the AAU ball this year. I hope to learn little stuff about the game, play against kids all around and have fun.

"I'm looking forward to the skill academies where I can learn little things and stuff like that. I'll do all kinds of drills like they do in the NBA. I'm looking forward to doing that."

One thing he is not looking forward to is recruiting. The 6-6½, 210-pound Thomas re-affirmed his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes last summer, but that has not stopped speculation that he could still wind up playing for the Indiana Hoosiers before all is said and done.

While he was playing in the state title game, Thomas had both OSU head coach Thad Matta and IU head coach Tom Crean in attendance. The nation's No. 2 power forward prospect said Matta spoke with him before the game.

"I knew he was there," Thomas said. "He was sitting in the crowd. He told me to keep my head up and just work hard."

As for Crean and the Hoosiers, Thomas said he remains committed to the Buckeyes.

"I mean, (Crean) didn't say anything (at the title game)," he said. "They want me, but hey, my eyes are on Ohio State right now. That's where I want to be at.

"Right now I've got to get my game tight. I'm not really worried about that. I've got to focus on my grades and work on the other stuff."


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