It was a picture perfect weekend for both Arizona fans and those inside the program as well. The Wildcats claimed sole possession of the Pac-10 championship after a 90-82 win over the Oregon Ducks.
Fans at McKale Center were able to see the Wildcats cut down the nets for the first time since 2005.
There were two visitors in the audience to share in the festivities. One was Arizona signee Nick Johnson and the other being 2013 wing prospect Chris Thomas.
Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard who is originally from Denver made his way out to Tucson on Saturday for his second unofficial visit to the school. He was able to see the Wildcats capture their 12th Pac-10 championship in school history and is not downplaying how he feels about the school.
"I love Arizona," said Thomas. "They have pretty girls, the games are really cool, the people who support Arizona are amazing and the coaching staff is really great. Even the Nike stuff that the team gets is cool."
The coaching staff at Arizona has done a great job of connecting with Thomas and establishing a relationship early. The charge to land Thomas has been led by Sean Miller and assistant coach James Whitford.
"I just love them," explained Thomas. "You know how you just get a bond with a coach. That's what it is."
While this was the second visit that the talented shooting guard has been able to take to Arizona this season, on Saturday Thomas was able to get a better feel for the McKale Center crowd.
"I went to the game where they played New Mexico State but this game was really cool," said Thomas. "I loved how they won the championship and got to cut the nets down."
Thomas spent this last basketball season at Princeton Day Academy in Maryland and had a great year, averaging over 30 points per game and a huge performance against Memphis Southside Christian where he put up 50 points in the win.
Recently, Thomas transferred to Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, where he will be able to suit up next season. Princeton Day offered Thomas a good experience and he says he will not forget his time there.
"It was really fun and I liked it a lot," said Thomas. "The coach had a heart attack and I had to make a decision based on what I wanted to do. But the people at the school were nice, the school itself was really nice and I loved the basketball on the east coast.
"My mom basically gave me a choice between going to South Kent in Connecticut and Westwind Prep in Phoenix. I had been on a visit to Arizona before so I knew that the weather was nice out there."
Thomas will now be able to learn under Westwind Prep head coach Gary Trousdale, who has led the academy to four successful seasons.
As a player, trust for Thomas is a big thing and so far he and Trousdale are starting off on the same page.
"Coach Tousdale, that is my new man right there," said Thomas. "He is a really good guy. I knew him a little bit before but I know that he is a real good coach and I think we are going to have a great season next year."
Besides Arizona, a lot of schools are recruiting Thomas, who gave a list of Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee and Texas. These schools and more have some room to make up as when asked if he liked any schools other than Arizona, he gave a vivid answer.
"No I don't, I'm not going to even lie," said Thomas. "It's kind of Arizona at first pick."
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