Elijah Thomas: We played poorly as a team, and that's how we've been all weekend. We need to play with more heart, more toughness, and more togetherness. We were up by 16 points, and then we just let the opponent back in, and that just cannot happen. We have to play more together for sure. This wasn't acceptable at all.
Can you give us a brief update on your recruitment?
Does that change things?
Everything is still the same right now. My list is still Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Texas, SMU, USC, and Texas A&M. I also have Harvard, Stanford, Kentucky, and Louisville. Man, it's so hard to name everyone and remember all of them.
Have all of those schools offered, or are some waiting?
Duke is waiting, but from what they told my parents last week when they came to my school to watch me work out, they are pretty close to offering me.
Who is recruiting you from Duke?
Coach K is recruiting me, and that's a pretty big thing. It's pretty cool to have the head coach recruiting you, especially him. He gives me tips and he really cares about the players he is recruiting. That means a lot to me.
What has Coach K said about the offer status?
He said they are getting close to offering, but he said they are looking for more consistency from me too. They want to keep watching me, but hey should be offering me pretty soon I think.
What's your thoughts on that?
It's pretty big. Anytime a school that offers me it's big because that means they think I'm a fit for their system, which is big for me as I'm just a sophomore.
Have they mentioned Mason Plumlee's play over the last year?
Oh yeah, and he got way more skilled this year. I like that a lot about Duke, they get their players in the best position to go to the NBA and succeed. I really like that a lot about them.
Do you have any visits being planned or already lined up for the summer?
No, I don't have anything lined up right now. After the EYBL ends I'll sit down with my coaches and family to figure out where I want to go visit. I'd like to go on a lot of visits since the schools seem so cool. I want to check them out.