To say that Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta is happy with the progress of freshman wing Sam Thompson would be the understatement of the year.
“He’s been trying to be low-key about it to the media, but Sam’s really been breaking out in practice and Thad’s really excited about it,” a team source said. “(Thompson is) playing great on both ends of the floor. He’s turned into the one impact freshman that we needed.
“We needed one of those freshman guys to step up and join the ‘big four’ of Sully (Jared Sullinger), Will (Buford), DT (Deshaun Thomas) and (Aaron) Craft. Lenzelle (Smith Jr.) has been good as the fifth starter and (Evan) Ravenel has been solid as the first big off the bench.
“It was a great recruiting class Thad brought in, but we’re really not getting quality minutes out of anybody except Thompson. And you can look for his minutes to continue to rise. Thad loves the way he’s practicing and that’s what it’s all about around here.”
Thompson jumped sophomore Jordan Sibert on the depth chart two weeks ago and is now the first guard off the bench for the Buckeyes.