Thomas waiting it out
One of the top sleepers out west in 2015 is 6-foot-8, 225-pound Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd center Isaiah Thomas. A mobile post that has a good frame with long arms, Thomas has terrific feet, a developing skill set and the tools to eventually be a successful player at the next level. Having sat out last year after transferring from KIPP King, Thomas is still a bit raw but for good reason. He's been back on the court this spring with the Oakland Rebels and showing progress. "At the beginning of the spring I was trying to catch up to where I was last summer but now I'm back to the old me," Thomas said. "I feel like I've grown as a player. I'm running the floor well and I'm crashing the boards effectively. I think that my post moves need to be quicker and I need to seal my man deeper in the post, but I feel the improvement." While he didn't play in organized competition last season, he did spend the entire season going up against Scout.com's third ranked 2015 prospect in Ivan Rabb, which helped his development. "I like playing against Ivan every day," he said. "He's the number one player in the country. He tells me how to improve my game; how to seal, how to box out, the little things to get me better. "I'm a lot better than I was last year. Being coached by coach Lou (Richie) and next to Ivan has been really helpful." Thomas currently holds offers from Weber State, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington with interest coming from California, Cal Poly, New Mexico, Arizona State and Gonzaga. It appears that location will play a role in his recruitment. "I kind of want to stay close to home but if I get a better off to go away and play at a high level, I'll take that," Thomas said. "But my primary goal is to stay as close as possible, that's what I want to do." In a perfect world, Thomas will play college ball at a high level. "I feel like I need to grow as a player more and to do that I want to play against the best," he said. As of now, Thomas isn't planning on getting anything done with his recruitment anytime soon. "I think I'll wait until next year," Thomas said. "I have my high school season and I play with Ivan Rabb. I'm just going to wait it out and see what I get."
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