One To Watch: Joshua Thomas

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Does any area of the country produce more of a specific kind of athlete than Brooklyn does point guards? Honestly. Stephon Marbury, Gary Ervin, Sebastian Telfair, etc., etc., etc. Now add another name to the list.

Joshua Thomas, who played his freshman year at Robeson High, is back on the hoops scene. The 5-11 PG is a junior at Troy (NY) Redemption Christian Academy -- and he's the star of the school's varsity (non-post-grad) team.

"He's an exceptional player," Redemption assistant coach Shalako Simon said Saturday here at the Hoop Group's Fall Jam Fest.

"His court vision is well beyond that of the best guards in the country. He's the best guard we've got -- better, I think, than any of our post-grads."

Thomas certainly showed plenty of game on Saturday morning. He drove. He dished and he didn't make many jumpers -- that appears to be chink in the armor -- but he did make plays. And he did it with a healthy dose of stereotypical city style.

"I like to pass and get assists," he said after leading Redemption to a win over the Newark Rams. "I get my teammates involved."

Speaking of involved, Thomas said he's getting mail from Providence, Georgetown and Rutgers. "I like the Big East, and I like Temple," he added.

His play seems to be at the level -- or certainly will be in another year or two.

"He's a great kid, real coachable," Simon said. "As far as I know, he's doing well in the classroom right now."

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