The Best Guard in the West

Quentin Thomas played in the Smith's Ragu Classic last night and showed why he belongs in the McDonald's All-American game...

We watched Quentin Thomas, 6-4 SR PG Oakland (Calif.) Oakland Tech, last night at the Smith's Ragu Clasic in Salt Lake City. Tech lost to Brighton 99-91, but Thomas put on a show, with 25 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

Thomas is off to a great start this season, with several triple doubles to his credit already. He's basically a one-man gang for Tech, as there are no other D1 prospects on the team and Thomas has to carry the load for the Bulldogs to compete with good teams. Despite the lack of the talent, though, Thomas is still remarkably unselfish, setting up teammates for good looks that they frequently can't convert.

We've been Thomas supporters for a couple years now, but he's truly taken his game to another level. For one thing, he's grown -- he looks to be about 6-4 and he's added a little muscle. His jump shot continues to improve and he's a threat from three-point range. He's doing a better job of attacking the basket with less wasted motion. But it's his defense that really gets your attention. With his length and quickness, he has a chance to be among the best defenders in college in a couple years.

In the past, there have been some North Carolina recruits who made the McDonald's game when they probably shouldn't have been on the team. But Quentin Thomas is one Tar Heel recruit that definitely should be in the game. Some players may have received more hype, but Thomas is easily the best guard in the west and it's a no-brainer for him to make the McDonald's team.

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