Buckeyes add 7-foot Virginia Tech transfer Thompson

Trevor Thompson is leaving Virginia Tech for Ohio State, but will likely have to sit out next season due to transfer rules.

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Ohio State has added further reinforcements to its front line with the addition of Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson.

The news of Thompson’s commitment was first reported by ESPN.com. The 7-foot Thompson had been exploring several options over the last few weeks and was at Ohio State’s spring football game on Saturday.

He’s leaving Virginia Tech after one season and a coaching change. Barring a waiver for special circumstances, Thompson will have to sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules but then will have three seasons left to play.

Thompson averaged 5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season.

Ohio State previously added 6’9 Temple transfer Michael Lee, a one-year transfer with immediate eligibility, to bolster a thin front line.

Last year’s starting center, Amir Williams, will be a senior next season. Six-foot-10 2014 signee David Bell is almost certain to redshirt next season, when the Buckeyes return three starters and welcome a highly-touted freshman class but one that, besides Bell, features three wing players.