For the second time in barely two weeks, one visit to Ohio State was all a transfer needed to know he was done with the process.
Fifteen days after 6-foot-9 former Temple forward Anthony Lee committed to the Buckeyes without visiting another school, 7-foot Virginia Tech freshman Trevor Thompson did the same yesterday, taking off one T-shirt to reveal an Ohio State T-shirt underneath while meeting with coach Thad Matta and his staff in the Schottenstein Center.
“Everyone went crazy,” said Thompson’s father, Ryan.
The family had planned visits to Indiana and Purdue next weekend, Ryan Thompson said. But Trevor knew yesterday morning that they wouldn’t be necessary and sent his younger brother out to buy him an Ohio State T-shirt.
Trevor Thompson did not respond to messages from The Dispatch seeking comment. But his father said he believed two factors influenced his son’s decision: Matta and a “chip on his shoulder” to prove something to Indiana and Purdue, which are closer to his Indianapolis home than Ohio State is.
“I think Trevor saw that, that Thad sincerely cared not just about his immediate future but his future down the road,” Ryan Thompson said.
He also said his son, a late-bloomer who spent a year at a prep school after high school, played on the same AAU team several years ago with recruits who were scouted and signed by Indiana and Purdue.
“(Neither school) offered him,” Ryan Thompson said. “That played a role. How significant, I don’t know.”
Thompson, who has three years of eligibility remaining, is likely to sit out next season as an undergraduate transfer. He could petition the NCAA for a family hardship waiver to play immediately, his father said.
Ryan Thompson, a former major-league baseball player, said he has residual nerve damage from a neck fracture suffered in 2004 and will require surgery “sooner than later. I’ll be down for a while, once I have that surgery, and Trevor wants to be close (during that time), and I want to be close to him.”
Ryan Thompson said it has not been decided whether to seek the waiver.