Thomas emerging as national name

It was a big high school year for Matt Thomas, and now he is already proving his worth on the AAU circuit as well.

One of the best things about the spring is being able to evaluate some of the top kids who emerged during the high school year from all over the country. One of those players was Matt Thomas of Onalaska (Wisc) High School. He has now proven to be a top 100 caliber player.

"It was my best year so far in my high school career," Thomas explained. "It was one of the most fun years ever for me. All of the kids on the team were good kids and it was fun to go out there every day."

As one of the best shooters in the country, Thomas is beginning to earn a reputation for himself on the national stage, and now he is also is garnering a lot of consideration for top 100 status.

"I don't think I have built a name yet, but I am honored to have people talking about my game like they have been recently," said Thomas.

Recruiting wise things are also beginning to pick up, and at the moment Thomas says five schools are showing him the most attention.

"Some of the schools that are recruiting me the hardest are Iowa State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Boston College, and Minnesota," said Thomas.

Growing up in the state of Wisconsin many kids are Badger fans, and while that isn't necessarily the case with Thomas, he says it is an honor to hear from the program.

"It is cool," Thomas said of the Wisconsin interest. "I wasn't a huge Badger fan or anything growing up, but it is definitely cool to hear from the home state school. Wisconsin is a great academic school and it is an honor that schools of their caliber are interested in me."

A school with ties to the state is Virginia. Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett is a Wisconsin native and is making Thomas one of his top priorities.

"It is the ACC and I don't know a ton about them," Thomas explained of Virginia. "I plan to get down there in the spring or the early summer just to try and get out. I have heard it is a really nice campus and everything so I am looking forward to it."

Maybe the school recruiting Thomas the longest has been Iowa State. Thomas was making sure to watch this season as the Cyclones made a run into the NCAA Tournament.

"Coach (Fred) Hoiberg is a great guy and a great coach," said Thomas. "I've really gotten close with him, and then also T.J. Otzelberger, I have gotten close to him as well. They have been recruiting me for over a year, and they had a great year this year. It is great to hear from them."

For now Thomas is in no hurry to make a final choice. Still he does know some important factors in his decision when looking at how each of his top schools play.

"I look for how the coaches are with their players and how they treat their players," said Thomas. "I look to see if they have pull their players out after one mistake or do they have a bit of a leash for their players. Also I try to envision playing in their system and see if I fit their system."


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