SB Nation is posting scouting reports of each prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft. Learn more about Ohio State forward DeShaun Thomas.
NAME: DeShaun Thomas.
SCHOOL: Ohio State.
AGE ON DRAFT NIGHT: 21 years, 10 months.
POSITION: Small forward.
MEASUREMENTS: 6'7, 220 pounds, 6'10 wingspan, 8'8 standing reach.
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RELEVANT ADVANCED STATS: 8.6% assist percentage this season. If the ball was in Thomas' hands, it was probably going up.
SB NATION BIG BOARD POSITION: No. 37.
NBA CEILING: Linas Kleiza.
NBA FLOOR: NBA Developmental League.
JONATHAN TJARKS' ANALYSIS
After two years as a second banana to Jared Sullinger, Thomas took over as Ohio State's featured player this season. He averaged 20 points and six rebounds a game on 44 percent shooting, leading the Buckeyes to their fourth consecutive Elite Eight.
At 6'7 and 230 pounds with a 6'10 wingspan, Thomas is somewhat undersized for the combo forward position. He'll need to be hidden defensively, but his potential as a scorer should get him a shot at the next level. Thomas has great range on his jumper and he doesn't need much space to get it off. If he's crowded by a slower player, he can put the ball on the floor. He's a pure scorer who can explode quickly. At the very least, you don't have to worry about him getting his shots up.
The big concern at the next level is how he'll do against some of the longer and more athletic defensive players at his position. It will be hard for him to impact the game much beyond scoring.
Either way, he should be a useful second-unit weapon in the right situation.
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OTHER SB NATION SCOUTING REPORTS
The big red flag with DT is his size. At 6-7, he's too small to really guard NBA power forwards well, and he doesn't have the foot speed to gain separation or stay with NBA small forwards. Teams are going to have to be creative in how they "hide" Deshaun on the floor, or he could get picked on.
The guy can catch and shoot very well, is a solid free throw shooter, and can even efficiently finish near the paint despite not being a huge guy. That sort of offensive skill set could work out well as a complementary bench player, a situation perhaps more akin to the Buckeyes during Thomas' first two OSU seasons.
"A lot of guys in the NBA go small, and I have a feeling I can play that 4, that stretch-4, when teams go small," said Thomas, before backtracking a little. "I really see myself as a 3, because, you know, posting up smaller guards and going around bigger guards at the 3, just being that scorer and having that impact on the floor."
Only [Illinois' Brandon] Paul and Penn State's D.J. Newbill had a higher usage rate in Big Ten ball than Thomas and he still maintained a solid efficiency with a 55.1 TS%. This is largely due to his ability to score the ball in a myriad of ways, from catch-and-shoot opportunities to putting the ball on the floor and scoring in the post. Whatever role Ohio State needed him to fill on offense, he did so and for the most part, with success. The issue in seeing how this works on the next level is that Thomas' athleticism is lackluster and he didn't exactly play above the rim, an issue in a league that has gotten increasingly athletic on the interior.