Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 4/1/12

Your national leader in NCAA tournament points scored? Deshaun Thomas from Ohio State. Obviously, that will change after Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats take to the court Monday night.

But before the Buckeyes got eliminated, Thomas really showed what he can do offensively, and improved his NBA draft stock. It’s shame he ended his sophomore season with such a poor performance in the two point loss.

Still, Deshaun has played his way into being a projected late first round pick in 2013.

In the Syracuse game, Deshaun Thomas was the man, versus KU not so much. His offense is the strength of game, and NBA scouts love his length, height and size.

His weaknesses include conditioning; like New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams, he may need to drop his baby fat before going pro. Also his defense is non-existent.

In the words of OSU coach Thad Matta at the Big Ten Tournament, “I called him eshaun sometimes because there’s no d in Deshaun.”

He’s kidding of course.

Sort of.

Thomas has had a positive developmental arc this season, but he’s really turned it up in March. What’s been the key?

“Just being in the gym, getting shots up, just having fun.  I mean, going in practice, playing against our second string, just playing it like it’s a game,” Thomas said recently.

“Everything has been clicking.  I mean, the shots have been going in, the defense has been well, and I’ve just been out here playing hard.”

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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