In just two weeks, Thad Matta has managed to further strengthen Ohio State's frontcourt with the signing of two star players including Anthony Lee.
Trevor Thompson, from Virginia Tech, has just committed himself to the Buckeyes. Jeff Boals, the team's assistant coach has just confirmed this signing on his twitter handle.
Thompson told ESPN that he loves the fans, the academics, coaching staff and his new teammates. He said that the Buckeyes was a perfect fit for him.
Unfortunately, Thompson will only be eligible in the 2015/16 season, unlike Lee who is ready to go. However, Thompson may contact the NCAA to seek a waiver on this restriction.
Thompson's numbers are great. After being with the Hookies for only one season, Thompson managed to play for an average of 16.2 minutes in each game, averaging 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 points per game. The 210 pound, 6'11" center is expected to be a star player in Ohio State basketball.
According to Virginia Tech's beat writer, Mike Barber, it will be a season or two until Thompson becomes a real force to reckon with. He is expected to give some rebounding and boost the team's defenses.
Jared Sullinger, Byron Mullens, Kosta Koufos, Greg Oden and Terence Dials are some of the centers who have flourished under Matta's watch. However, there hasn't really been a reliable center for two years since Sullinger left.
Lee will occupy the position for the next one year until Trevor Thompson is ready. Unfortunately, Trey McDonald, Lee and Williams will be leaving after the 2014-15 season, and this will leave the team in a bind.
Thompson's father, Ryan Thompson, is a former Columbus Clippers and MLB player. Many people are hoping the talent runs in the blood.
People say the younger Thompson is a great rebounder and a nasty shot blocker. Hopefully, these traits will work for the Buckeyes.
Virginia Tech commit Trevor Thompson 2013