2006 Focus: Josh Lomers

Josh Lomers didn't play for a high-profile AAU team and he doesn't live in a big city, so exposure is somewhat of a problem for the 7-foot-1 junior. But that's not his biggest problem.

It's hard to remain a secret when you're a seven-footer, but that's exactly what Josh Lomers has done until recently.

The 7-1, 255-pound Boerne High (Texas) junior missed much of his sophomore campaign because of a broken arm and then played with a small outfit out of Austin, the Austin Hoop Zone, during the spring and summer.

But now the secret is out.

``He's pretty special," Boerne coach Stan Leech said. "We've had some good players here over my 18 years, but he's the best we've ever had."

``He's really worked hard to get to where he is now," added Leech. "He listens and does a good job doing the little things. He keeps the ball high, has good footwork does a good job of not getting himself in trouble on defense."

Lomers averaged 17 points and 9 boards in his limited sophomore campaign and is averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds per contest so far this season.

Lomers has good footwork, is a team guy and also plays hard nearly all the time. It's not often that you see a 7-footer diving on the floor for loose balls, but that's exactly what you get with Lomers. When he walks off the court prior to halftime, Lomers can usually be found carrying the water cooler.

``He wants to make sure his teammates know he's one of them," Leech said.

The 17-year-old Lomers has already taken unofficial visits to Baylor, Texas A&M and Arizona for Midnight Madness, so it's only logical that those three comprise the top of his list. However, he also mentioned Georgia Tech as a school he'd like to learn more about.

``Close to home is always a plus, but not a necessity," Lomers said.

Leech also said that Kansas, Stanford, Colorado and Rice have expressed recent interest as well.

One of the most difficult things hindering Lomers' progress is a lack of big men in the San Antonio-Austin area.

``There just aren't that many post men out here," Lomers said. "It's not really the lack of exposure out here that hurts me, it's the lack of size."

Along with his work ethic, Lomers' modesty is also one of his most impressive traits. He takes a long pause and struggles when asked what his best assets are on the court, while reciting a laundry list of sorts when prodded about his weaknesses.

``My footwork away from the basket is not very good," Lomers said. "My shot from a distance is decent."

However, it's hard to completely believe Lomers – since it's obvious that he's his own harshest critic.

``He's so coachable," Leech said. "He's well-spoken and his whole presence makes you feel good."

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