NPSI: Shaquille Thomas

KINGSTON, R.I. -- After watching Shaquille Thomas put on a show at the National Prep School Invitational, he spent some time with and updated us on his recruitment.

Shaquille Thomas has done some bouncing around.

From Paterson Catholic to Montclair to Mountain State Academy, Thomas has done quite a bit of moving. Now the 6-foot-6, 170-pound wing is finally starting to feel comfortable.

Now enrolled and playing at Newark (N.J.) NIA Prep, Thomas appears to be thriving on the basketball court.

"I think I'm definitely settling in," Thomas told a group of reporters following one of his games at the National Prep Invitational this past weekend. "My team is good and I like my team. I'm closer to home and stuff. It's a good fit for me."

"I definitely feel more comfortable not being away from home and being around my family all the time," Thomas added.

While he feels more comfortable, he also looks more at ease on the court. At the prep event, Thomas showed an impressive skill set, a consistent jumper and an overall offensive skill package that was tough for defenders to stop.

"I can shoot the ball well," Thomas said when asked to describe his game. "I can do everything on the court. I'm not one-dimensional. I can do everything on the court from shooting to dribbling."

Thomas, who says he has reclassified to the 2011 class, said his recruitment is "just picking up now." He claims scholarship offers from Syracuse and Providence, with interest from Arizona, West Virginia and LaSalle.

"Recruiting wise I'm just laying back trying to focus on my grades and get my grades together," he said. "I'm basically wide open. I'm going wait until the summer and until I start playing AAU and stuff."

Thomas says the schools are recruiting him to play both the two and three.

"If I get stronger and work on my handle I definitely think that I can play the two at the next level," Thomas said.

"I definitely need to get stronger in college," he added. "Guys are definitely going to be bigger and skilled [at the next level]. I think I have the skill, but I need to get bigger and stronger."

He's yet to take any visits and doesn't have any unofficial visits planned for the near future.

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