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In his words: Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas talks on going to NBA

Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas speaks with the nedai at the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago last October. (File photo by The Associated Press)
Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas speaks with the nedai at the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago last October. (File photo by The Associated Press)

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Former Luers, Buckeye star declares for NBA Draft

Saturday, April 06, 2013 12:01 am
Former Bishop Luers High School basketball standout Deshaun Thomas announced on Friday that he would forgo his senior season at Ohio State and declare for June's NBA Draft.

He spoke with News-Sentinel sports editor Tom Davis regarding a number of related topics."I felt my stock was pretty high and I had a great season. It was a decision with me and my family; we all sat down and talked, and felt it was the best decision.""I have great confidence in myself, but there are things that I need to work on. I have to improve my explosiveness; my motor, people are questioning my motor; those are things that I'll really focus on.""Defensively, I need to get more athletic and open up my hips a little bit. That's why I'm in a great (training) program. When you guard in the NBA, you've got to be able to hold your own. Those are things that I'm working on and I have great pride in (my defense) now.""There were former (Ohio State) players, and even guys that played with me, that said 'You're ready. I can see it in your eyes and in your focus.'""Teams are saying that you could be late first round or maybe second round, but my focus is just getting better. I'm working as hard as I can and try to prove people wrong and go as high as possible. If it's the second round, I'm willing to take it and work on my game."

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