After averaging 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest as a freshman at Virginia Tech last season, 6-foot-11 center Trevor Thompson made the decision to transfer, ultimately landing at Ohio State. For quite some time the assumption was that the Indianapolis native would take the step of applying for a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility, and had it been approved Thompson would have supplied the Buckeyes with some additional front court depth.
However a waiver request was never filed, and Monday evening Thompson announced via his Twitter account that he will sit out the 2014-15 season.
According to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Post-Dispatch, the reason for a waiver request would have been the fact that Thompson’s father needed to undergo neck surgery. Father and son discussed the matter, ultimately deciding that Trevor would be better off using this season to improve his game with an eye towards being a key contributor for the Buckeyes in 2015-16.
“He and I talked about this year and agreed if he sits out and works hard, gets stronger, he can dominate in 2015-16 and help Ohio State win a national championship,” Ryan Thompson said in a text message.
Ohio State has experienced options in the paint, with Temple graduate transfer Anthony Lee joining seniors Trey McDonald and Amir Williams. Lee averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest last season, making him the Buckeyes’ most productive returnee in the paint. Williams (7.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) posted the best averages of his career last season, and McDonald (2.0, 1.7) will need to raise his production in 2014-15.
Also of note in Baptist’s report is that 6-foot-10 freshman center David Bell is expected to redshirt this season.
So maybe Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson wasn’t ruled ineligible for this season?
The former Hokie transferred to Ohio State in April. He applied for a hardship waiver, citing his desire to be closer to his family, specifically his father who is undergoing neck surgery. On Saturday night, a tweet from the 6-foot-11 center left the impression that he would be ineligible and would have to redshirt this season.
On Monday, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta told Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com that the NCAA has not made a decision on the eligibility status of Thompson. The Buckeyes left for the Bahamas this week, where they will play to exhibition games. Thompson was not allowed to make the trip with the team.
Ohio State brings back seniors Amir Williams and Trey McDonald. The frontline is bolstered by the addition of Temple graduate transfer Anthony Lee, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Owls in the 2013-2014 season.
If Thompson were to be ruled ineligible, he will have three years remaining. Thompson averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game for the Virginia Tech.
Trevor Thompson transfer to Ohio State will help the Buckeyes’ frontline. Just not this season.
The Virginia Tech transfer big man had his appeal for immediate eligibility denied, according to a report from Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com. Thompson applied for the hardship waiver, citing his desire to be closer to his family in Indianapolis, specifically his father who is undergoing neck surgery.
“Not being able to play this year is going to be tough, but it just adds more fuel to my fire to becoming the best basketball player I can be,” Thompson said in a tweet on Saturday night.
Buzz Williams left for Marquette for Virginia Tech on March 21. A day later, Thompson announced his transfer. The 7-foot center committed to Ohio State on April 13. He will have three years of eligibility beginning in the 2015-2016 season.
While the Buckeyes will be without Thompson this season, they will have the services of Temple transfer Anthony Lee, who has immediate eligibility under the graduate transfer rule. The 6-foot-9 Lee averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season for the Owls. He joins rising seniors Amir Williams and Trey McDonald as well as incoming freshman center David Bell on the frontline.
Thompson averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game for the Hokies. He recorded two double-doubles and scored a season-high 15 points in a loss to Duke.