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Ohio State forward named pre-season All-American

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Bishop Luers grad will be key player for Buckeyes

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 1:33 am

Seemingly, stardom was simply an eventuality for Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas. The junior forward out of Bishop Luers High School was named as an All-American by 2012-13 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook on Wednesday.

Also making the squad was Indiana center sophomore Cody Zeller, as well as Creighton's Doug McDermott, Florida State's Michael Snaer and Louisville's Peyton Siva.

After slowly progressing through his initial season in Columbus, Thomas made significant strides on both ends of the court as a sophomore. He is the top returning scorer and rebounder from Ohio State's Final Four team, which finished 31-8 in 2011-12.

Thomas averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds over 39 games last year, connecting on 52 percent of his field goals (243-467) and 75 percent of his foul shots (83-111). For his career, the 6-foot-7 forward has scored 897 points (11.8 ppg.) over 76 appearances and 39 starts.

Ohio State has won 65 games with Thomas' contributions over the last two seasons. The Buckeyes have won two Big Ten regular-season titles, made two trips to the NCAA tournament "Sweet 16," advanced to a pair of Big Ten tournament title games and have won 38 games in Columbus with Thomas in the lineup.

Thomas and the Buckeyes open the 2012-13 season Nov. 9 against Marquette in the Carrier Classic on the USS Yorktown, a museum ship at the Patriots Point historical complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., in the Charleston Harbor.