Arkansas’ basketball program will begin its spring official visits this weekend by hosting a former Texas prep star looking for a fresh start.
Former Texarkana Pleasant Grove star Dustin Thomas (6-7, 225), a good friend of Arkansas football recruiting target McTelvin Agim of Hope, is transferring from Colorado after two years of being in the Buffs’ program.
Thomas averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 steals and shot 48 percent from 3-point range his senior season while leading Pleasant Grove to a 29-2.
"Dustin has decided it's in his best interest to leave CU and finish his collegiate career elsewhere," Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said in a release. "I wish nothing but the best for Dustin; he'll always be a part of the Buffalo Basketball family."
Thomas, a forward who will have to sit out a year, played in all 32 games and started 11 for Colorado, who chose that school Oklahoma and Kansas State.
He leaves the Buffaloes after averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds while playing 67 games his two seasons.
He had 17 points against USC and 12 in his team’s home finale as his best efforts the past season.
"Dustin can play inside and out,” Boyle told The Denver Post. “He's comfortable around the basket, and he's also a very good 3-point shooter. He's very skilled in terms of handling the ball and shooting the ball."
Pleasant Grove head coach Billy Brewer described Thomas this way coming out of high school.
“He is a great outside shooter and someone who can both dribble penetrate and is also comfortable in the post,” Brewer said. “…He is also a yes sir, no sir kid that every coach dreams of having.”
Thomas said in an earlier interview that he is trying to make a name for basketball players in Texarkana.
"I've been working my whole life and I'm just going to keep working and see wherever that takes me," he said. "People still doubt me. That's what I'm here for. I want to prove people wrong on the D-I level, something that nobody has done for my city.
"I'm trying to put (Texarkana) on the map. I need to get some scouts down there and check out the other kids that are down there."
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Arkansas, who has three available scholarships, is also expected to host a pair of recruits on the weekend of May 8-10.
Those two are Charlotte, N.C., Victory Christian center Ebuka Izunda (6-10, 210) and Delbarton, W.V., Mingo center small forward Dikembe Dixson (6-7, 190).
Izundu, who reclassified from 2016 to 2015 qne was committed to Charlotte before a coaching change, has visited Tennessee and will visit Miami this weekend before going to Arkansas and Texas Tech.
He plans to make his decision known on May 15 and has earned high praise from his head coach Dameon McClain.
“He’s Chris Bosh on offense and Joakim Noah on the defensive end,” McClain told the Palm Beach Post. “He’s a lefty that runs like a deer, can check five positions and Miami’s aggressive style could be a great fit.”
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