Maurice Thomas To The SEC

Maurice Thomas took his official visit to Tennessee last weekend. After making pledges to a few programs in the past year, Thomas finally has found a suitable long term home.

The Tennessee Volunteers have added 6-foot-7 Philadelphia Lutheran standout Maurice Thomas. The Philly native raved about his visit to Knoxville and was glad that he finally found a spot that made him feel comfortable.

"The staff, the people, I even liked the players a lot and everybody was alright," Thomas said. "It's nice down there."

Tennessee probably feels the same way about him because they sure were in search of some spring firepower. The versatile Thomas can play both forward slots and his face up game should provide an added dimension to the new Vols style of play.

"They plan on using me at the three and the four and being versatile," Thomas said. "They told me I'd come in and get a lot of time. The SEC is a good place. When I went down there I really liked it."

Numerous schools had been mentioned with Thomas as of a late. UTEP and Marquette were visited early. UNLV was a player with him too. South Florida jumped in on him and Wake Forest showed interest while North Carolina even made a few calls and evaluated him at one AAU setting but never offered.

Still, it was Tennessee that came out on top in the end, largely due to the impact Bruce Pearl had on Thomas during their sit-downs.

"I feel better with Coach Bruce then with everybody else really. He's got love for his players."

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