Thad Matta has done it again. After adding a big transfer in Anthony Lee from Temple, Ohio State has added another key transfer in Trevor Thompson from Virginia Tech. The Buckeye frontcourt was one of the team's weaknesses last year. Ohio State started the season at 15-0, but only finished just 10-8 in the Big Ten regular season and were knocked out in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament by Dayton.
Virginia Tech 7 footer Trevor Thompson is heading to Ohio State. #buckeyes— BT Powerhouse (@BTpowerhouse) April 13, 2014
Here is what Land-Grant Holy Land (SBNation's OSU Blog) had to say about Thompson:
"With Amir Williams, Trey McDonald, and Anthony Lee all set to graduate following the 2014-2015 basketball season, it was important for Thad Matta and his staff to add a solid big man or two in their 2014 recruiting class. They came up with one in the form of Dave Bell - who is very raw - and wanted to add another.
The 6'11, 220-pound center also seriously considered Indiana and Purdue before deciding Ohio State was the best place for him to play out the rest of his collegiate basketball career. He's originally from Indianapolis and will be closer to home after making the move from Blacksburg to Columbus."
Here is what CBSSports had to say about Thompson:
"Thompson, a 6-foot-11 center from Indianapolis, played just one season in Blacksburg. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds, going for 15 points and six rebounds in a loss to Duke in late February.
Because of his size and three years of remaining eligibility, Thompson was one of the most sought-after transfers on the market. Indiana and Purdue were also on his list of finalists, but dozens of schools showed interest."
Though Thompson will have to sit out next season due to his transfer, this is a lot of raw talent to add to an OSU frontcourt that has received a lot of negative attention recently. This is a big addition.