Former Bishop Luers and Ohio State standout Deshaun Thomas is headed to play professional basketball in France, he confirmed to The Journal Gazette on Thursday in a text message.
Thomas said he will sign a contract today with a team in Paris.
Earlier reports had Thomas playing for Estudiantes, a team in Madrid, Spain.
Thomas said told Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch that he will play for a team in Paris. France. Thomas and his agent, J.R. Hensley, spoke with the Spurs last week about offers Thomas had received from European teams, according to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch.
Hensley did not return calls Thursday.
“They (the Spurs) didn’t know what they want to do with their 15 (roster) spots, … and I needed to make a decision,” Thomas said told Baptist. “In this business, you have to think about family(Thomas has a 17-month-old son). I still could have gone to (training camp) and tried to make the (Spurs’) roster, but with my (17-month-old) son and a family to provide for, I had to look at that. And developing a year ain’t going to hurt. It was kind of tough, because I wanted to make the roster. But if training camp didn’t go well, I’d be in the (NBA Development) League, and that (pays) like a part-time job.”
Thomas was a second-round draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs, No. 58 overall. He averaged 12.4 points for the Spurs’ summer team. The Spurs would retain Thomas’ rights.
The 6-foot-7 forward led the Big Ten in scoring with 19 points per game as a junior for Ohio State before turning professional.
At Luers, Thomas won Class 2A state championships as a sophomore and junior, and he was selected as a Parade All-American and was namedIndiana’s Mr. Basketball as a senior.
He averaged 29.9 points and 13.9 rebounds in high school. He finished with 3,018 points, third all time among boys in Indiana behind Bedford North Lawrence’s Damon Bailey (3,134) and Lewisville’s Marion Pierce (3,019).