CHICAGO -- When decision time came for Deshaun Thomas last spring, he handled it much in the same way he'd handled his decision to attend Ohio State.
He trusted himself to know what was best.
Though he's been known to use third-person -- during last year's NCAA Tournament, he said he knew Deshaun was special in fourth grade -- Thomas wasn't saying that selfishly. Early in a high school career that saw him become Indiana's third-leading all-time scorer, he'd picked Thad Matta's Ohio State program and stuck with it.
After helping the Buckeyes to the Final Four last spring, Thomas flirted with the NBA. He thought about it and came "very close" to leaving, but ultimately decided to return to Ohio State for his junior season.
"It was a decision to stay humble and get better at what I'm doing," Thomas said. "I still have goals to take care of. That's trying to get a Big Ten championship, then a national championship, then the sky's the limit for me."
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