It's a loaded guard class out west in 2013 and leading the pack is 6-foot-4, 175-pound Phoenix Westwind Prep shooting guard Chris Thomas, who recently transferred in from Bowie (Md.) Princeton Day Academy.
The Denver native was recently back home in Colorado for the Double Pump Spring Tournament and showed why he's rated as Scout.com's 3rd rated overall prospect in 2013 with his package of scoring, athleticism, handles and vision on the court.
Thomas is happy with the strides he's made in his game over the past year but knows he still has work to do.
"I've improved a lot," Thomas said. "I've improved my jumper, my jumping and my leadership. I need to work on my defense, shooting and just my all around game. I need to make everything better."
A five-star prospect, it's no surprise that Thomas is hearing from some of the best programs in college basketball.
"I've got UConn, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Memphis," he said. "UConn is probably my newest offer."
Thomas has made it clear that Arizona is the leader in his recruitment, and he told Scout.com that the Wildcats' lead is a "real big one."
"I like Arizona a lot," Thomas said. "I like coach (Sean) Miller and all of them; they're good people. I like how they talk to me. I really like the atmosphere. They're good people; they're really nice. They're people I'd want to be around."
Despite Arizona's lead, Thomas isn't quite ready to end his recruiting process.
"Where I go from here I don't know," he said. "I'm going to keep playing until it's time to make that choice."
Thomas said that either Kentucky or Kansas would be the his choice for second place in the recruitment.
For now, he said, playing basketball is what's on his mind, not making a decision.
"It's not something I'm thinking about," says Thomas.
Big leader for Thomas
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