Charles Thomas Can't Wait

Arkansas basketball signee Charles Thomas knows big things are waiting for him in the Ozarks. Dudley E. Dawson visited with Thomas during his swing through Mississippi this week.

As one of the more talented basketball players in the country, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway's Charles Thomas often daydreams about what it is going to be like playing in college.

The 6-8, 235-pound combo forward will do so for the University of Arkansas, something he is looking forward to next season.

"I am ready to go on to the next level and get out of this constant double and triple teamming," Thomas said. "It's going to be a whole new world for me and I am very excited about being a Razorback and playing in the SEC and taking on that new challenge."

Thomas had 19 points and 12 rebounds Thursday night in a 76-63 Class 4A Region 6 district tournament loss to Jackson Lanier at Yazoo County High School.

He showed his versatility while knocking down 6-of-12 field goal attempts, including the only 3-pointer he took and also nailed all six of his free throw attempts.

"Charles is such a force both inside and outside," Callaway head coach Robert Stewart said. "I think he has a power forward's body and a shooting guard's skills."

Callaway will be play in the consolation game Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., but has already clinched a berth in next week's regionals.

"I don't see why if we show up to play that we won't make it to the (South) state tournament and then have chance to go after the Gold Ball (the overall state title), " Thomas said. "We just have to do more of the little things."

Thomas is averaging over 28 points a game this season has had two games over 50 points and two more over 40.

His game has blossomed after transferring back to Callaway after a year at Lanier.

"I really feel like it has all come together for me this year," Thomas said. "My shot is feeling good, my post moves have improved and I just think I am a better overall player."

He is excited about Arkansas' prospects for the future, especially if his buddy Al Jefferson plays for the Razorbacks instead of an NBA team next season.

"I think we are going to be very good and much better than they are now whether Al comes or not," Thomas said. "But if he does come, we are not only going to get into the NCAA Tournament, we are going to go deep into it."

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