Deshaun Thomas has been selected as the 58th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.
This, of course, is the height of irony, since Deshaun Thomas decided that he’d play a little hard-to-get with the Spurs when they asked for his cell phone number (and his email address):
“I can’t go around giving it out to everyone,” Thomas said Thursday with a laugh. “Now if they want to draft me, I’d be happy to give it to them.”
Don’t ever change, DT.
Deshaun, who left Ohio State as a junior, was a part of two memorable Ohio State teams that made deep runs in the NCAA tournament, getting to the Final Four as a sophomore in 2012. The Buckeye’s run to the Final Four was due in part to a stellar stretch of tournament play by Deshaun himself.
Deshaun emerged as the Big Ten’s leading scorer during the 2012-2013 season, averaging almost 20 points a game as he lead the Buckeyes to a spot in this year’s Elite Eight, ultimately falling to Wichita State after a furious comeback attempt.
Deshaun had to be sweating as the draft came to a close, but will have to work hard now to prove leaving school as a junior wasn’t a mistake. The Spurs organization is one of the most respected in the league. Hopefully they will find a place for Deshaun but time will tell what the future holds.