Lance Thomas update

There is no mistake that the Wildcats have made Lance Thomas a priority. The 6-9 forward is one of the best players in the country and he has his eyes on Lute Olson's program in the west.

Thomas is receiving a ton of interest from a lot of big time programs but is still fairly wide open at this point in time.

"Everybody is a player in my recruitment," Thomas said. "I haven't narrowed it down."

He did visit Villanova unofficially a few weeks back. It was the same weekend that players like Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson and Jabari Edwards were in Philadelphia to check out the East Coast Wildcats. Ellington and Henderson chose different schools, but Thomas has not ruled out Nova.

"After the visit I would have to say they would probably be in it," he noted. "It was good. I went with a lot of my friends. I thought it would be nice to hang out with my friends and see the school."

Another school that seems like they are in good shape is the Arizona Wildcats. The Cats have been on his list since last summer and they have done a great job maintaining his interest.

"It's a great school and a great program," Thomas said. "Lute Olson speaks for himself. You'd have to be fool not to want to play for him. They are always a great program and they have great academics."

One school that has long been rumored to be a favorite for his services is Duke. While he said he would consider the Blue Devils, right now they are not a huge player.

"Duke is not recruiting me as much as others," Thomas admitted. "They are not on me as heavily as a lot of other schools."

He was not ready to name favorites but was quick to list the programs showing him a lot of love. Louisville, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Connecticut are all in the hunt.

"I'll try to narrow things down at the end of the summer and make a decision in the fall," said Thomas of the decision making process.

Thomas is an amazing athlete who is very versatile. He's long, tall and quick. He can do things inside and out.

"I'm an athletic forward who can score," Thomas said, describing himself. "I can knock down the three. I rebound well and play defense. I like to play defense against the other team's best player." has him rated as the fifth best power forward in the nation and 15th best player overall. However, Thomas has repeatedly noted that he prefers to be a wing at the next level.

"I want to play the three mostly, but I assume I'll play some at the four and maybe a little at the two," Thomas said. "I'm just a ball player. If a smaller player guards me I'll post him up and can score inside."

Any player as good as Thomas has to be recruited carefully. With his talent the NBA is a legitimate option right out of high school. Thomas admits the NBA is a long term goal, but is not eyeing the league right now. "The NBA out of high school? No I haven't really considered it."

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