Quintrell Thomas is closing in on his college decision. He's taken a pair of official visits and he's got two more on tap.
His most recent visit was this past weekend to Maryland. Thomas, a standout at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, said the trip gave him a chance to get to know the coaches and players better.
"It was fun," Thomas said about the visit. "I like the players and the coaches. When I first got there I ate lunch with the coaches. After that I went out with all of the players from the team and they took me around the campus."
The weekend before his visit to Maryland, Thomas made a trip to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have an advantage in the distance department, as they are relatively close to him compared to the other three schools on his list.
"It was basically the same [as the Maryland visit], but we went to a football game," Thomas said. "I know a lot of the players at Rutgers too. I know JR Inman and Corey Chandler and Mike Rosario too."
Next up is Kansas. The Jayhawks will host the 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward this coming weekend. Thomas likes their tradition and ability to get players to the NBA.
"They've been on me for a while," he said about Kansas. "Their reputation speaks for itself because they get players better."
UNLV is the latest school to get involved with Thomas, and they'll get the chance to sell their program to him the weekend of October 12th. The UNLV staff has done a great job showing Thomas where he can fit in, in their program.
"They showed me a video about what their four man does and they say that's what I'd be doing there. I think I could go there and work on everything I need to, to get where I want and it could be a lot easier to make it to the league."
Following Thomas' visit to UNLV, he plans to wait it out another week to compare and contrast each school on his list, before announcing his college decision. When he examines each school, distance could ultimately play a major factor.
"Basically the distance thing is Rutgers is closest, Maryland is further, then Kansas is further and UNLV is further, so basically it's going to be my comfort level and basically if I have a chance to play."