Deshaun Thomas’ wait Thursday night was worth it as the former Bishop Luers standout was selected in the second round of the NBA draft with the 58th pick by the San Antonio Spurs.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Thomas spent the last three years playing at Ohio State and led the Big Ten in scoring last season, averaging 19.8 points.
Thomas was named to the All-Big Ten second team as a sophomore at Ohio State after averaging 15.9 points. Thomas averaged 7.5 points as a freshman, and he finished his career with the ninth most points in Buckeyes history with 1,630.
Thomas won Class 2A state championships as a sophomore and junior at Luers, and he was selected as a Parade All-American and named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball. His 3,018 career points are third all-time among boys in Indiana behind Bedford North Lawrence’s Damon Bailey (3,134) and Lewisville’s Marion Pierce (3,019).
Thomas wasn’t the only player with an area connection picked in the draft. Former Warsaw standout and Duke product Mason Plumlee was taken with the 22nd pick by the Brooklyn Nets.
Plumlee’s brother, Miles, was taken with the 26th pick in the first round last year by the Indiana Pacers and spent time with the Mad Ants this past season.
The last time someone from Fort Wayne had been drafted was Homestead’s Tracy Foster by the Philadelphia 76ers in the sixth round of the 1987 draft.
Other players drafted from Fort Wayne are South Side’s Tom Bolyard (1963), South Side’s Mike McCoy (1963), Concordia’s Tom Baack (1968), South Side’s Willie Long (1971), Central’s Clyde Dickey (1974), Concordia’s Eugene Parker (1978), Northrop’s Walter Jordan (1978), Harding’s Jim Master (1984) and South Side’s John Flowers (1986).