Any hope the Ohio State men’s basketball team had for Trevor Thompson to return were apparently dashed Tuesday.
According to Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch, the 7-foot Thompson has signed with an agent, meaning he can no longer withdraw from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to school.
Story is posting. Trevor Thompson has signed with an agent and will not return to the #Buckeyes.
— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) April 26, 2017
Thompson announced he would be entering the draft on March 14, telling ESPN’s Jeff Goodman: “I am close to graduating and want to devote everything I can to my dream of playing in the NBA.”
Thompson transferred to the Buckeyes from Virginia Tech after his freshman year, and played in all 32 games in the 2016-17 season. In those 32 games, he averaged 10.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
Thompson was also a 2017 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
Thompson isn’t the only front-court player to depart Ohio State this spring. Center David Bell is transferring to Jacksonville University, costing the Buckeyes some depth down low.
Thompson also isn’t the only Buckeyes player to enter the draft early. Ohio State guard Kam Williams was on the official early-entry candidate list Tuesday, but he has yet to hire an agent and could return to Columbus.