Deshaun Thomas will make his return to Ohio State as an All-American.
According to a source, the Bishop Luers senior forward has been selected to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American team and will compete in the annual all-star game March 31 at Value City Arena on the Columbus, Ohio, campus.
The official announcement will be made at 5:30 p.m. today on ESPNU.
“It feels good playing in the McDonald’s All-American game,” Thomas said. “Just like LeBron James and Kobe (Bryant), they have been through it. It makes me feel special, and plus it is at Ohio State.”
On March 31 in Columbus, the girls game will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys game about 8 p.m.
The Powerade Jam Fest slam-dunk competition, which Thomas could also participate in, will be at 6:30 p.m. March 29.
The last time the 6-foot-7 Buckeyes recruit played at Value City Arena was Jan. 23 against Columbus Northland and fellow Ohio State recruits Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon. Thomas had 36 points, and Sullinger scored 24.
“It feels good because we will have a lot of fans there cheering us on, because I know Jared (Sullinger) made it (as an All-American),” Thomas said of playing again at Ohio State. “I was just getting used to it for next year. It felt good because the fans loved it, and they loved I put on a show. Now I hear (Ohio State) fans talking about me, and ‘the Deshaun Thomas kid is coming up here, and I can’t wait to see him play.’ ”
Thomas becomes just the third player from Fort Wayne to be a McDonald’s All-American, joining John Flowers of South Side (1981) and Jim Master of Harding (1980).
Thomas is the first boys player from northeast Indiana to be a McDonald’s All-American since DeKalb’s Luke Recker in 1997 and first player, male or female, since Wawasee’s Shanna Zolman in 2002.
A Parade All-American selection last year and the Mr. Basketball favorite, Thomas is averaging a state-best 33.2 points this season and is 283 away from breaking Damon Bailey’s all-time state mark of 3,134.
The two-time defending 2A state champion Knights (10-8) have lost five straight games, the most since the 2003-04 season.