Five star's coach impressed by visit

2013 shooting guard Chris Thomas took a visit to Arizona with his head coach this past weekend and both came away impressed.

There were plenty of people in attendance for Arizona's Pac-10 championship, with two of the visitors having a different agenda at hand.

2013 guard Chris Thomas and his Westwind Prep Academy coach Gary Trousdale were in attendance, as Arizona continues to attempt to land a player that many feel is among the top five in his class.

"It could not have been a better day to visit," Trousdale said. "I have been to a lot of different schools and atmospheres over the years and it is hard to beat that atmosphere that we saw on Saturday."

Trousdale was hesitant to speak for Thomas, who is preparing for a tournament. However, he believes that the 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard greatly enjoyed the visit.

"I think Chris was in awe by the way that he was acting and had a big grin on his face the whole time," Trousdale said.

In addition, Trousdale says that both were impressed with what they were able to see from Sean Miller and company.

"The first thing that I noticed when I first met them a while ago is that they are very sincere people," Trousdale said. "What you see is what you get with them.

"They are genuine and you can really see even in the way they coach how much they care about their players."

While it remains to be seen when Thomas will be ready to decide, Trousdale says that he will be available for advice, but will not push Thomas towards one school or another.

"We have had 12 Division I players and this year nine and I always try to take the same approach," he said. "I won't influence anybody because they are the ones that have to live with their decision."

However, Trousdale does admit that he has an idea of how each of his players, including Thomas, should approach the recruiting process.

"I tell them if they find a place where they feel a fit, and every player that has gone through has always found one right fit where you can tell it is home, and if they are able to find that I think they should commit to the school and focus on what they need to do to be successful in program," Trousdale said.

"I don't think they should hold out, take all their visits, and drag the thing on, because it creates more problems for the future."

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