Trevor Thompson had his breakout season for Ohio State this year, and he’ll look to parlay that into a payday at the professional level.
The seven-footer, who transferred from Virginia Tech then sat out a season due to NCAA transfer rules, saw improvements in his stats across the board. There is always space on NBA team for someone with his size and he’ll certainly get the opportunity to establish himself at the next level.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Thompson will be leaving the Buckeyes to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Thompson declared for the draft last year as well, but eventually withdrew himself and decided to return to Ohio State for another season. It appears that was a wise decision, as his 10.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game are both drastic improvements over last year’s totals.
Thompson can still choose to withdraw his name at a later date if he decides to do so. He can declare for the draft and participate in NBA workouts and one NBA tryout per year without losing his eligibility.
Despite his size and nearly averaging a double-double this season, he isn’t expected to be taken near the top of the draft.
While he would likely get an opportunity somewhere as an undrafted free agent, he might do well to come back to college for another season and use up all of his eligibility.