Thomas Primed For Big July; Holds Two Offers

Shaquille Thomas was a pleasant surprise at the recent Nike Hoop Jamboree and was among the top scorers in attendance. He's already picked up a pair of scholarship offers and is a guy to keep an eye on in July.

Shaquille Thomas knew he had to play his best to succeed at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, and he certainly made it known that he was there to compete.

"There was really good competition down there," the Paterson (N.J.) Catholic product said. "You had to play hard every game because if you didn't you were going to get exposed. You had to bring your "A" game every time."

Throughout the four-day camp, Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 165-pound wing, found ways to score, whether it was knocking down off the dribble jumpers or taking his defender to the rack. By camps end, Thomas was recognized as one of the best scorers in attendance.

"I think I played pretty good against that level of competition," Thomas said. "I got real good feedback from the Nike Hoop Jamboree."

Prior to camp, Thomas wasn't necessarily a household name, but if he brings it like he did at Hoop Jamboree, then that will likely change in July when he hits the trail with the Metro Hawks.

Thomas already has a pair of scholarship offers – Xavier and Fordham. With interest also coming in from Kansas, Providence, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Syracuse and LaSalle. Syracuse is only school in that group that hasn't called since June 15th.

Although it's still early, Thomas said two schools have been recruiting him hard and have caught his eye.

"I don't really have any favorites, but I am kind of leaning towards Xavier and Virginia Tech," the 2010 standout said. "But I really don't have a favorite where I'm like ‘I really want to go there.' But I like Virginia Tech a lot and Xavier."

So what have the Xavier and Virginia Tech done to position themselves at the top of Thomas' list?

"It's their style of play and stuff like that," he said about Virginia Tech. "I'm in New Jersey and that's in Virginia, it's kind of far, but not too far. My grandmother could come see me play a couple of games."

"They were the first one to offer me a scholarship and they've been there since day one," Thomas said about Xavier. "That's been the first school that really showed interest in me."

Thomas has yet to make a collegiate visit and at this point hasn't set any up, as he's getting ready for a busy July, where he'll play in Las Vegas at the Main Event and in Arizona at the Desert Duel Prep Memorial.

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